10 chocolate chip cookies to satisfy your Minnesota State Fair cravings
As a part of the Minnesota Fare promotion at Potluck, the food hall at Rosedale, pastry chef Adrienne Odom is playing tribute to Sweet Martha’s by filling jars with tender, buttery chocolate chunk cookies. Through Sept. 7.
1595 Hwy. 36, Roseville, 612-314-7279
Both the butter and chocolate ratios are almost absurdly high, which means that even when they’re no longer warm from the oven, they usually retain that gooey sweet spot.
867 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-228-1017
Enjoy delicious chocolate chip cookies — better yet: double chocolate chip cookies — and help this nonprofit give kids ages 15 to 18 firsthand experience with work and leadership skills. Order online (they’re sold by the dozen), and pick up at the Cart’s St. Paul location. There’s a delivery option, too.
946 Payne Av., St. Paul, 612-521-0855
Owner Lindsay Pohlad reaches CCC nirvana by invoking three kinds of flour (all-purpose, bread and cake), piling on a pair of chocolates (semisweet and bittersweet) and then reaching for flaky Maldon sea salt for the all-important finishing touch. They’re so big that opting for a knife and fork is entirely plausible, if not outright recommended.
326 S. Broadway, Wayzata, 952-466-6100
Owner Heather Asbury’s vaguely Toll House-y chocolate chip cookies — tender, chocolaty and deeply golden — are the kind that bakers everywhere wish they could replicate at home.
5201 Chicago Av. S., Mpls., 612-445-8822
Baker/owner John Kraus skillfully invests these thick, chewy, chocolate-packed beauties with a hint of butterscotch-y undertones, a welcome touch.
4552 Grand Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-3257
This engineering marvel of a cookie stands out both for its shape, which is wide and flat and as wrinkled as a Shar Pei. The texture is similarly remarkable: crisp and caramelized on the bottom and tender on top.
3220 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-822-1119, and 200 Southdale Center, Edina, 952-417-6199
In the spirit of Sweet Martha’s, this North Loop newcomer is promising buckets of warm, buttery, gooey, bite-sized chocolate chip cookies (somewhere around 18 to 20 cookies per serving), straight out of the oven and served in a 16-ounce souvenir container.
729 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-354-3667
These enormous cookies have been a staple of this classic Minneapolis bakery for what feels like forever, and with good reason: the addition of peanut butter softens their chewy texture, and that mellow P.B. flavor pairs nicely with the prodigious amounts of milk chocolate chunks.
4762 Chicago Av. S., Mpls., 612-823-7333; 3421 W. 44th St., Mpls., 612-924-6013; and 4205 E. 34th St., Mpls.
When chocolate chip cookies collide with sea salt and marshmallow, the result is the kind of happy excess that screams “Minnesota State Fair.”
2743 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8855