10. Cossetta Alimentari
The cases that line the swank pasticceria inside the top-to-bottom remake of this Saintly City culinary classic are jammed with tiny, adorable and tempting Italian cookies and biscotti. But don’t overlook the palm-sized, all-American splendor that is the Cossetta chocolate chip cookie ($1.75), which is jammed with so much chocolate that it’s almost more candy bar than cookie.
211 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-222-3476, www.cossettas.com
11. Seward Co-op
Ingredients matter. Start with the sublime European-style high-fat butter from Hope Creamery in Hope, Minn., then add in the semisweet goodness of chips from 10 Degrees, a sustainable, small-farmer-focused Colombian chocolate maker, and you’ve got the basis for the kind of thick, golden, chewy Toll House-er ($1.29) that you could easily pass off as home-baked. No wonder it’s the store’s top-selling cookie.
2823 E. Franklin Av., Mpls., 612-338-2465, www.seward.coop
12. Common Roots Cafe
Owner Danny Schwartzman has the mantra down: “Good ingredients equals a great cookie,” he said, then rattled off a locavore’s grocery list that includes Hope Butter and organic, cage-free eggs from producer Larry Schultz in Owatonna, Minn. “It’s a good, clean cookie,” he said, before tossing in a few more trade secrets, including organic flour, an intense dark chocolate, a brown sugar-only formula and a twinkling garnish in the form of flaky Maldon sea salt. A good price, too: $1.75. “I eat a fair number of them,” Schwartzman said with a laugh. “I try and stop myself and not make it an everyday thing.”
2558 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-871-2360, www.commonrootscafe.com
Lunds and Byerly’s crank out a pretty decent mass-market specimen, but the supermarket chain is bested by the department store’s buttery, tender, chocolate-packed version ($1.95). Pick them up on Tuesdays, when the price drops to $1 with another food purchase.
Seven Twin Cities locations, including 700 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-375-2200, www.macys.com
14. Yum! Kitchen and Bakery