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The Ten Best Cookies in Miami

The doughnut craze is hitting Miami hard. And before that, the macaron had its chance to shine (though short-lived). But the cookie is a classic — and just like fashion, classics will never go out of style.

Whether they’re ooey-gooey or chewy, mini or massive, vegan or Paleo, cookies come in all shapes, sizes, and ingredients to satisfy any sweet tooth. Of course, nothing beats homemade recipes freshly made from Granny’s oven, but there are some cookies found in unlikely pizzerias and bakeries that’ll warm your soul. These are the ones worth stealing from the cookie jar.

But don’t — because the best things in life are sweet, not free. Which spots roll out the best dough in the Magic City? Read on to find out. Please note, however, that milk is not included.

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10. Big Pink
SoFi’s retro late-night diner isn’t named Big Pink for nothin’. The plates are huge. The servings are colossal. And the giant double-chocolate chunk cookie is just that — giant. But opt out of this monstrous dessert and go for some smaller, handheld treats: fried Oreos. Priced at $10.95, America’s favorite cookies are battered, deep-fried, covered in powdered sugar, and served warm with vanilla ice cream. They’re perfect for sharing — or not.

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9. Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono
Located inside the Ironside Miami Complex, Limited Edition Caffe & Vino Buono boasts melt-in-your-mouth creations that may very well be what dreams are made of. It could be the way chef Jeff Maxfield has perfected his hand-crafted recipes or the fact that he creates the raw cookie dough daily. Regardless, these confections are anything but cookie-cutter boring. Try the mud slide ($2) for a taste of double-chocolate-chip heaven. Finishing the last crumb snaps you back to reality.

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8. Batch Gastropub
Owner Kevin Danilo knew what he was doing when he put the eight-dollar cast-iron cookie on the menu. Its warm, crisp edges; soft, gooey center; and vanilla bean ice-cream topping make this dangerously delicious dessert difficult to resist. And that’s why many customers can't muster up the willpower to avoid this treat. From time to time, the Batch crew also bakes special-edition cast-iron cookies, also $8, using Reese’s Minis and M&M’s for those with an overindulgent sweet tooth.

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7. Insomnia
Cookie is the name of the game at Insomnia, where decadent morsels such as snickerdoodles, M&M, double-chocolate mint, and oatmeal-raisin are offered for pickup or delivered to your door daily. You can eat them however your heart desires — by themselves, with ice cream on top, or as an ice-cream sandwich. Plus, they’re definitely Instagram-worthy. Make your followers drool when you order a box of a dozen ($16) or two dozen ($24). But one cookie ($1.50) works fine too.

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6. Harry’s Pizzeria
Not only does Harry’s serve fantastic pizza, but this Design District joint by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz also bakes another kind of circular goodness. Four bucks gets you the famed chocolate chunk cookie served warm on a plate. One bite into this delicious delicacy causes a surge of lava in the form of chocolate. Another bite and it's gone.

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5. Morgans
Wynwood’s comfort-food emporium houses flavorful delights, from "voluptuous" grilled cheese to chicken potpie. Once you’ve scarfed down breakfast, lunch, or dinner, unbuckle your pants and keep eating, because the cookies are a must. One dozen baked-to-order cookies sells for $12 and comes in chocolate chip, chocolate-chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin. They take about 30 minutes to prepare, so let your waiter know your order in advance.

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4. Gigi
Guests love the Asian-inspired plates at Gigi’s, but the desserts are showstoppers. What exactly can you find in the cookie jar? Blondies ($5), brownies ($5), Rice Krispies treats ($4), and a short but sweet list of classics such as chocolate chip, white-chocolate macadamia, and oatmeal raisin, which sell for $4 each and pair so well with Gigi’s rotating in-house ice-cream flavors. If you’re lucky, you may even get to experience these doughy creations in daily specials such as the crazy candy sugar cookie — made with M&M’s, Snickers, and Twix and topped with chocolate ice cream — and the chocolate-chip peanut-butter ice-cream sandwich with marshmallow ice cream.

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3. Chez Bon Bon
Cookie Monster once said, "'C' is for 'cookie.'" But it could also be for "Chez Bon Bon," which is sweetening up the lobby of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach via its refined but affordable selection of cakes, pastries, fruit tarts, chocolate, and, yes, even cookies. No elaborate flavors here — just classics like chocolate chip, white-chocolate macadamia, double-chocolate chip, and oatmeal-raisin done exceptionally well. Cookies at Chez Bon Bon cost $3.95 apiece.

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2. The Lost & Found Saloon
Saddle up and head to the Lost & Found Saloon, a Southwestern-themed midtown joint where cowgirls and cowboys go crazy for the jumbo cookie. This dessert will set you back $4.50, but considering its circumference, you'll see it's a steal! Flavors include chocolate chunk, Reese’s peanut butter cup, vanilla macadamia white chocolate, and vegan options such as cranberry-walnut-oatmeal and spicy Mexican snicker doodle. Upgrade your cookie to à la mode with two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream for an additional $3.50.

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1. Zak the Baker
Past Wynwood Walls and across Miami-Dade County, it’s a known fact that Zak the Baker’s kosher breads and pastries are synonymous with top quality and outstanding flavor. The chocolate-almond cookies ($2.50) are made with 0 flour, the dark-chocolate cookies ($2.50) use 100 percent rye, and the oat chocolate-chip cookies ($2.50) use 100 percent spelt. All maintain that classic, just-how-Grandma-used-to-make-them taste. Except in this case, Zak makes them, and that may be even better.

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