Thinking of gifting something warm, sweet and flavorful this season? Try a gift batch of cookies. Detroit has so many great cookie bakers that it can be hard to choose the right batch, so this year there’s a different flavor cookie for everyone on the list.
Here’s a specially targeted list of cookie stories that are now open offering the very best examples of what a ‘Detroit-made’ cookie should be; original, delectable, intricately decorated, in a flavorful, pint-size package and available for delivery or pick-up.
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Sweet Potato Sensations
This family owned cafe opened its doors in 2014 and serves some of the best sweet potato anything on its menu, from pies, cakes, and cobblers to pancakes and ice cream. But Sweet Potato cookies were what started the whole enterprise when newlywed Cassandra Thomas wanted to satisfy her husband, Jeffery’s sweet tooth at their first Thanksgiving dinner. Thus, the first sweet potato cookie was born. 17337 Lahser Road, Detroit, Michigan, 48219. 313-532-7996.
Detroit Cookie Company
Self-proclaimed Cookie Lady, Lauren Roumayah, opened the Detroit Cookie Co. to offer Detroit-flavored cookies with Detroit names like Detroit Mad Mix made with Better Made sweet barbecue chips and Butterfinger; the Big 3 made of Michigan-dried cherries, Better Made chips, and chocolate chunks; and the favorite, 8 Mile Mix cookie which is made with pretzels, Reese’s cups, and M&M candy all mixed into cookie dough. Store hours are 10 a.m -8 p.m. 23421 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, Michigan, 48220.
With three locations serving the metro Detroit area in Rochester Hills, Ann Arbor, Sterling Heights, and Novi, Crumbl claims to be the best cookie maker in the world. Its cookie selections change weekly but fan favorites are the classics, such as the sugar cookie, the buttermilk cookie, hot chocolate cookie, and the red velvet white chip cookie. Various locations. See website for more information about individual locations.
Good Cookies owner Jeffrey Gisstennar started baking as a hobby and after persistence from his wife, opened his very first store in Detroit’s westside in the middle of a pandemic. The Good Cookies location not only offers tasty cookies, but also comfortable seating inside the cafe with great music and free Wi-Fi. On special nights there are poetry readings and live music.The sugar cookie with lemon zest from Good Cookies is a colorful and citrusy addition to the batch. Good Cookies is open 11am-5pm daily. 19007 W 6 Mile Mcnichols, Detroit, Michigan, 48219. 313-412-2664.
Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Sister Pie, opened her bakery on the corner of Kercheval Avenue and Parker Street in Detroit’s West Village in 2015. With her team of 12 faithful employees, Sister Pie’s menu offers nontraditional combinations of flavors and constantly changes to honor Michigan’s local agriculture. Its perfect version of a cowboy cookie called the Robert Redford, is made with old fashioned oats, brown sugar pecans, and chocolate chips. Currently, Sister Pie is operating with takeaway orders-only. 8066 Kercheval Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214. 313-447-5550.
Treat You Batter
Treat You Batter opened the doors to its bakery on the Northwest side of Detroit in the middle of a pandemic to overwhelming demand. This family-owned and operated business makes a naughty Nutella-stuffed cookie that oozes nutella when you bite into it. Hours of operation are Open 1 -8 p.m. 6915 Greenfield Road, Detroit, Michigan, 48228. 313-633-0226.