Have you ever wondered where to find the best cookie in Seattle?
We have too, which is why we spent ages trying out the surprisingly wide variety of cookies Seattle has to offer before making this ultimate guide (it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it). The reason why there’s 10 cookies on this list is because we would never presume to be the authority on what makes a cookie THE best cookie in a city. After all, some people prefer their cookies to be accompanied by ice cream, some people want a vegan or gluten-free cookie, and some people want to try an unusual flavor while others only want a classic chocolate chip cookie. We have all of those options on this list and more.
Here are 10 reliable places where you can go to find the very best cookie in Seattle:
1. The Colombian Corn Cookie at Bell’s Cookie Co.
Next time you’re going for a stroll around Green Lake, first stop at Bell’s Cookie Co. for fresh, warm, perfectly chewy cookies. Their Colombian Corn Cookie is a unique offering in Seattle that you have to try if you like cornbread. Also make sure to try their signature The Bell’s Cookie (studded with toffee, potato chips, chocolate chips, and pecans) and their soft serve.
Note: They always have at least one vegan and gluten-free cookie option available here as well.
Address: 6900 East Green Lake Way N Suite D
2. Cardoon’s Lava Cookie at the Nordic Museum
This cookie is a real hidden gem in Seattle! Cardoon, a cafe and bar currently located within the National Nordic Museum in Ballard, makes incredible lava chocolate chip cookies. According to Cardoon, “The lava chocolate chip cookie is Cardoon’s homage to Ballard’s Scandinavian roots, which features a salty licorice and spiced caramel.” The best part is that you don’t need to purchase museum admission to visit the cafe and enjoy these cookies; the Freya Café is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00 (closed Tuesdays).
Address: 2655 NW Market St (inside the Nordic Museum)
3. The Vegan Cookie Dough at Cinnaholic
Craving cookie dough? Cinnaholic makes cinnamon rolls and desserts that are all 100% vegan in Capitol Hill. They’re also the place to buy cookie dough that you can eat raw (because it’s vegan, after all!). Build your own cookie dough scoop with toppings or get a big tub to take home with you. We also love to show up for a party with one of their giant cookie cakes.
Address: 816 E Pike St
4. The Nora Ephron Peanut Butter Cookie at Dahlia Bakery
Named after Nora Ephron (of Sleepless in Seattle fame), who dubbed it the “greatest cookie ever,” this sandwich cookie by Dahlia Bakery consists of both peanut butter cookies and a peanut butter filling. This snug bakery in Belltown is also well-known for its famous triple coconut cream pie, and to a lesser extent its mochi donuts. Go forth armed with this information and a hearty appetite.
Address: 2001 4th Ave
5. The Mackles’more Ice Cream Sammie at Hello Robin
This cookie shop located in Capitol Hill and University Village is known for its s’more cookie The Mackles’more that’s topped off with a chunk of local Theo chocolate. If you’re craving an ice cream cookie sandwich this is place to go; they use Seattle favorite Molly Moon’s ice cream for their sandwiches.
Note: they always have gluten-free and vegan options.
Address: 522 19th Ave E (also located in University Village)
6. The Warm Cookie & Ice Cream at Hot Cakes
If it’s too cold out for a typical ice cream sandwich but you still want a decadent treat, go to Hot Cakes (located in both Ballard and Capitol Hill). They serve two warm cookies loaded up with ice cream, caramel or chocolate sauce, and toppings. They’re open late too, making this the perfect spot to end a night out.
Address: 5427 Ballard Ave NW (Ballard); 1650 E Olive Way (Capitol Hill)
7. The Macaron Cookies at Lady Yum
Looking for a more sophisticated cookie experience in Seattle? Treat yourself and your friends to an afternoon at Lady Yum in Pioneer Square. You can nibble on the pastel-colored French macarons and sip on coffee or champagne.
Note: they also have locations in Bellevue Square, the Amazon Seattle campus, downtown Kirkland, and the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.
Address: 116 S. Washington St (Pioneer Square location)
8. The Stuffed Cookie at Lowrider
If you have a serious sweet tooth and want an over-the-top treat, you gotta go to the Central District to try the stuffed cookie at Lowrider. The flavor changes regularly; this January it’s Stuffed Churro Cheesecake, pictured above. And if you want something classic, they have typical cookies as well including a great brown butter chocolate chip cookie.
Note: they also have locations in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood and in Burien.
Address: 2407 E Union St Suite C (Central District location)
9. The Cookie at Metropolitan Market
It might seem strange to include a grocery store’s cookie in this list, but true Seattleites know about “The Cookie” at Metropolitan Market. This warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie is made with two types of Belgian chocolate plus toasted walnuts and sprinkled with sea salt; no wonder it has a cult following. They have seven locations in total; in Seattle you’ll find them in the neighborhoods of Magnolia, West Seattle, Sand Point, and Queen Anne.
Address: see locations’ addresses here
10. The S’Mores Cookie at Midnight Cookie Co.
Midnight Cookie Co. is a great option if you find yourself craving a fresh cookie late at night—their S’Mores Cookie in particular is a crowd-pleaser. This late-night Wallingford cookie shop recently opened a location in Downtown Seattle as well, making it easier than ever to satisfy that midnight craving. Hot tip: you can get a free cookie if you correctly answer a trivia question!
Note: they have a couple of vegan cookie options as well.
Address: 1058 N. 39th St (Wallingford location); 600 Pine Street, Suite C20 (Downtown location)
Bonus: Milk Bar
Although it hasn’t opened yet, we’re looking forward to being able to get the famous cookies (with soft serve!) from iconic NYC bakery Milk Bar when it opens in nearby Bellevue sometime in the spring of 2023. Read more about the Milk Bar opening in Seattle.