For such a classic treat, there are many different ways to prepare a chocolate chip cookie. Hard. Soft. Crunchy. Chewy. Crispy. Fluffy. The best way to figure out what’s best? Try them all.
We scoured the city and carefully selected our 9 favorite chocolate chip cookies found in and around Pittsburgh. No matter your preferred cookie style, we have something on this list for everyone!
Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies in Pittsburgh:
Nancy B’s Bakery
One of the most famous cookies in Western Pennsylvania, Nancy B’s chocolate chip cookies have been a cookie staple in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Located on 7th Ave in Homestead, the dough for these famous cookies is still made by Nancy B herself (no one else knows the recipe!) The shop bakes their cookies throughout the day, so they are always served fresh from the oven. Chocolate chip is the most popular flavor, but they also offer flavors like oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, Hershey Kiss, Buckeyes, and many more. The shop often sells out, so be sure to call ahead if you plan to arrive after lunchtime.
Nancy B’s Bakery (415 W 7th Ave)
Madeleine Bakery and Bistro
Filled with rich chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, the cookies at Madeleine Bakery in Regent Square are worth a special trip! The bakery serves tons of freshly-baked, classic French pastries (croissants, baguettes, Kouign-amann) so be sure to come in very hungry!
Madeleine Bakery & Bistro (609 S Trenton Ave)
In the past year, the popular late-night cookie delivery chain Insomnia Cookies has opened not one, but two locations in Pittsburgh! Residents of Oakland and the South Side can now get these fresh and hot cookies delivered to their door until 3:00 A.M. Customers can order cookie boxes, cookies sandwiches, cookies and brownies a la mode, and cookie cakes. Popular flavors include: chocolate chunk, classic with m&m’s, sugar, double chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia, snickerdoodle, double chocolate mint, and peanut butter chip. While they are famous for their cookie delivery, anyone can stop into the shop to get their cookie fix.
Insomnia Cookies (Multiple locations)
Prohibition Pastries is a tiny shop in Point Breeze known for, as the name alludes, baking with alcohol. Instead of using vanilla extract, this shop flavors their treats with the twang of whiskey, gin, beer, and other imbibed beverages. Prohibition Pastries chocolate chip cookie is a a malty, soft and chewy cookie made baked with a nut brown ale – and you’re going to love it! While you’re there, be sure to grab some of their famous Barleywine Pretzels!
Prohibition Pastries (7105 Reynolds St)
Gluuteny Bakery is a popular gluten-free bakery located on Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill. The shop offers a wide selection of treats, including muffins, cakes donuts, cupcakes, gobs, and more – all completely gluten and dairy free! One of the customer favorite is their chocolate-chip cookies, which are filled with semi-sweet chocolate morsels and has crispy edge and soft center. More information on Gluuteny can be found online.
Gluuteny Bakery (1923 Murray Ave)
Head to Lower Burrell to get some of the delicious Italian pastries at Mazziotti Bakery, where everything is baked fresh daily. This shop is known for their fluffy Italian bread, pepperoni rolls, and pastries like cannoli, bombolini, pasticciotto, and sfogliatelle. The shop also bakes delicious chocolate chip cookies, which Mazziotti’s loyal customer base promise are some of the best in the ‘burgh!
Mazziotti Bakery (2807 Leechburg Rd)
Good L’Oven Cookie Shop
You’d be hard pressed to find a cookie tastier than the ones at Good L’oven Cookie Shop in Bellevue. This tiny bakeshop and cafe offers a wide variety of freshly-baked cookies in dozens of exciting flavors. Their standard favorites includes Salted sea turtles, Snickerdoodle, M&M sugar, and Oatmeal raisin, but they also offer rotating specialties like Creme Brûlée, Blueberry Streusel, Lemon Chiffon, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, and Pineapple Right Side Up. However, nothing can beat their classic chocolate chip, which are big, chewy, and perfectly baked.
Good L’Oven Cookie Shop (419 Lincoln Ave)
Schorr Family Bakery
This family-owned Pittsburgh bakery has been a staple in the city for decades. Pittsburghers swear by the shops donuts, cakes, and buttercream icing. While all of these treats are delicious, don’t miss out on the shops chocolate chip cookies. Crumbly and just the perfect level of sweet, you might be coming back for a second cookie sooner than you think.
Schorr Family Bakery (3912 Perrysville Ave)
Who says a cookie isn’t worth a road trip? Located in Beaver, PA, Kretchmar’s Bakery is another long-standing Pittsburgh bakery classic. This old-school shop prepares all of your favorite treats, including their delicious chocolate chunk cookies. This gigantic cookie is loaded with chocolate, but is still crunchy and gooey at the same time. This is a cookie you have to taste to believe!
Kretchmar’s Bakery (664 3rd St)
Looking for more cookies in Pittsburgh? Check out our guide to the best small bakeries in Pittsburgh!
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