I tried 4 chocolate chip cookie doughs, and this organic dough broke down the competition

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When it comes to prepackaged chocolate chip cookie dough (not to be confused with store-bought cookie mix), there are really only two main options you’ll find in most grocery stores: Nestle Toll House and Pillsbury. The decadent duo have struggled to claim the highest honors in taste, comfort, and texture for years, but how does arranging them in the end (or bake?) come down to personal preference. But it is a tough choice: How does one choose between two great things? Well, I definitely can. Or so I thought…

After coming home to celebrate my mother’s 60th birthday and knowing I’d be surrounded by fellow cookie connoisseurs (including my sister, who developed the world-famous chocolate chip cookie recipe from the “Basic Bitchen” cookbook), I planned a full taste test around the contenders. That is, until a quick trip to Publix revealed that there were two “healthier” alternatives, Annie and Sweet Loren, who had been slowly making their way to the shelf grounds of Nestle and Pillsbury. Obviously I had to buy all four.

Batch made in heaven. (courtesy Joey Skladani)

No matter how the cookie crumbled (and I literally made a giant mess), each product was great in its own way. But one made the other three options look like an amateur’s watch by comparison.

Read on to find out which brand is likely to send Cookie Monster into a coma.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate cookie dough (target / target)

Chocolate cookie dough (target / target)

  • Chocolate chip cookie dough $5.79 at Target

  • Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough $6.39 at Instacart

  • Square Chocolate Cake $5.99 at Safeway

We appreciated the company’s commitment to eating “clean” using a gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan dough recipe (you can also eat it raw!), but this recipe didn’t live up to the competition. The oatmeal was super thick with an almost buckwheat texture and a healthy taste that, frankly, wouldn’t satisfy most sudden chocolate cravings. Having said that, this departure from the norm wasn’t terrible, it was just different. Had Sweet Loren not been compared to the other three, it would have been a perfectly acceptable and welcome addition to the store-bought assortment.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate chip cookie dough (target / target)

Chocolate chip cookie dough (target / target)

  • Chocolate Chip Dough Cake $2.79 at Target

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $2.64 at Walmart

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie $2.79 at Safeway

There was not much difference between Nestle and Pillsbury. Nestlé ranked #1 behind the laughing dough boy just because his cookie tasted good little bit Best at room temperature. But if you like a crunchy fudge that is heavy with butter and lighter on the chocolate chip content, then Nestle is the solution for you. It also pairs nicely with vanilla ice cream to make a hearty sandwich that can be dipped in caramel and rolled in rainbow sprinkles. Yes, we definitely went there. And no, we have no regrets.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate chip cookie dough (target / target)

Chocolate chip cookie dough (target / target)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $2.89 at Target

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $2.74 at Walmart

  • Chocolate Chip Dough Cake $4.29 at Instacart

If you like your cookie a little sweeter and a bit sweeter, Pillsbury’s is for you. We really enjoyed these treats fresh from the oven, when the light and fluffy candy melts in our mouths. It also kept its softness while refrigerated, unlike Nestle which flakes and loses its sticky interior. One small but noticeable detail was Pillsbury’s decision to line the separate dough into pellets (instead of sloppy cubes). This resulted in more uniform cookies, which appeased my idealistic mind more than I’d like to admit.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $6.39 at Instacart

Step aside, cookie classics. There is a new paste bought from the store in town and it is known as Annie. If NestlĂ© and Pillsbury are the undisputed kings of cookie dough, then Annie is the thin country. All six taste-testers agreed that this cookie earned the top spot thanks to its sugary crunch and rich chocolate chips. It also tasted as if it was locally sourced and not out of a package, which is an impressive feat given that it is mass-produced. Our only gripe is that no two biscuits are alike. While some might call this literal or rustic, we found it a bit inappropriate when served in an oversized tray. This is one we pick, though, because they don’t last more than 24 hours.

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