You can’t go wrong with cookies. Whether they’re gooey and chewy or crumbly and crunchy, these universally loved baked goods have something to offer everyone. Chocolate chip ones are a classic, but these days, we’ve got everything from pandan to salted egg to laksa, and new creations just keep coming.
Oh, and after you’re done stuffing your face, continue the snacking with guilt-free desserts, chocolate nibbles, new bubble tea spots, unusual popcorn flavors, pints of ice cream, and unconventional yet addictive chips.
You know that walkway linking Wisma Atria to Ngee Ann City? The one where the aroma of baked goods tempts you as you try to resist the allure of a potential calorie overload and look instead to spend your cash on clothes? Well, Famous Amos may be the more well-known brand on that stretch, but Ben’s Cookies specializes in desserts of the chunky, chewy variety.
The store has been around for a couple years, packing its cookies with generous slabs of Belgian chocolate to create flavors like praline and milk, triple chocolate, white chocolate and macadamia, orange and milk chocolate, peanut butter, ginger and dark chocolate, and oatmeal raisin. It’s also got a sister location in Yishun, but the Orchard one is ideal for a “treat yo’self” kind of day after a bout of retail therapy.
Two locations, including #B1-50 Wisma Atria. Daily 10am-10pm.
Known for its coffee and bakes, this eatery by The Backyard Bakers whips up a mean brownie. But even better, it has combined everything we love about brownies and cookies to create what it calls “brookies.” You’ll have to keep tabs on its Facebook page for menu updates, but flavors the kitchen excels in include peanut butter and pink salt, crunchy “OvoMaltine”, stuffed Nutella, bittersweet dark chocolate, and salted toffee macadamia.
If you spot something you like, go ahead and DM the team to get your orders in before they run out.
#01-22 Havelock II. Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm.
Cookie Mixx claims to use reduced sugar and avoid preservatives or artificial colorings in its bakes, offering customers customization choices if they’d like a snack completely tailored to their tastes. To make its treats, it uses ingredients like organic chia seeds, dried fruits and nuts, Danish butter, unbleached flour, and Belgium cocoa powder.
The one-year-old stall crafts its cookies bite-sized with a crunch, showcased in a glass display at the basement of Ion Orchard. If you’re unsure what to try, best-selling flavors include Belgium chocolate chunk, cranberry and oats, Earl Grey, and Milo chocolate chip. Also in the selection: peppermint chocolate, peanut butter chip, and espresso almond.
#B4-70 Ion Orchard. Daily 10:30am-9:30pm.
Not just content with lava cookies, Creamery heaps a scoop of ice cream on top of its molten core treats, which makes for a superbly Instagrammable dish that’s always reinventing itself with locally-inspired and festive flavors. Think ondeh ondeh with pandan and gula melaka, sesame lava with orange pumpkin ice cream, salted egg lava with banoffee ice cream, and its most recent charcoal pandan cookie with a Mao Shan Wang center.
But then again, traditionalists can always stick with standards like Nutella, matcha, or red velvet cream cheese cookies.
139 Tyrwhitt Rd. Mon-Wed 12:30pm-10pm, Fri 12:30pm-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Billing itself as a baked goods company and creative studio, Folks and Stories got its start as a sideline project that turned full-time when its founder graduated from university last year. Only natural ingredients are used, so you won’t find any flavorings or colorings in the mixing bowl of essentials like French butter, Belgian chocolate couverture, and Australian cream cheese.
The cookies it doles out are crunchy on the outside yet soft in the middle, with an ever-rotating menu that includes cream cheese dark chocolate, peanut and brown butter, rosemary dark chocolate, honey with spices and figs, yuzu cheesecake, raspberry chia jam, and almond frangipane.
Tea cakes and cheese cake squares are also available, with same day delivery options for those who can’t wait too long for their sugar fix.
#01-1238, Blk 163 Stirling Rd. Mon-Fri 10:30am-6pm, Sat 10:30am-4:30pm.
You may have lunched at one of Kith’s many cafes across the island, but betcha didn’t know it serves up a wicked cookie. The brand’s Magical Sea Salt Chocolate Cookie is indeed as it’s described, with a perfect mix of rich chocolate and salt, crunch and melt-in-your-mouth crumble. Along with cornflake cookies, this signature treat is available in glass or plastic jars, paper packets, and even a huge cookie tin (see above).
Eleven locations, including #01-44/45 Millenia Walk. Daily 7:30am-10pm.
What started out as a humble heartland ice cream parlor with a side of cookies has since evolved into a must-try spot with two outlets and loyal regulars of its own. Just like Creamery, its draw is in lava cookies baked fresh with molten cores that “erupt” when you plop a frosty scoop on top.
Popular flavors include chocolate and matcha, which you can pair with the ice cream of your choice, but you can also pre-order ganache-filled bites like chocolate chip with speculoos, red velvet with cream cheese, or matcha with Nutella to bring home.
Two locations, including #01-06 The Cathay. Daily noon-10pm.
There is nothing nasty about these cookies — except perhaps the amount of calories they hold — because they’re just the right amount of crunchy, chewy, and chunky. Previously an online-only brand, the store has since made Funan its home, delivering waistline-expanding desserts in an Insta-worthy store painted Tiffany blue.
The range of classics includes chocolate chip and dark chocolate chip, but if you really want to get freaky, try the Let’s Pretzel, Reese’s Cup, Biscoff, or Choco Bueno variations. Oh, and truffle fans can sink their teeth into the latest seasonal arrival: Dark chocolate chip infused with white truffle and filled with house-made toffee.
Did we mention you can also inject each cookie with Nutella, marshmallow, or dulce de leche (caramelized condensed milk)? It’s extra, but we’re not complaining.
#02-35 Funan Mall. Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm.
With homegrown pastry chef Daniel Tay at its helm, Old Seng Choong loves to experiment with local flavors, both sweet and savory. Hawker classics such as bak kut teh (pork rib soup), satay, laksa, and cereal prawn get the cookie treatment here, along with the likes of kueh kosui (pandan rice cake), bak kwa (barbecued pork jerky), gula melaka (palm sugar), salted egg yolk, pandan, and goreng pisang (deep fried banana).
They make great, non-kitschy gifts for visiting friends or, y’know, just simple snacks for your next movie marathon.
#01-48 The Central @ Clarke Quay. Daily 11am-10pm.
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