Soft and fluffy ball sized cookies are the best dessert of 2021

Boozy kombucha, sumptuous charcuterie bars, and chili seasoning reign supreme in 2021. But we’re feeding our appetites with this year’s hottest food trend: giant biscuits. It seems like everywhere we turn, there’s another cookie brand that makes huge desserts made for Instagram, oozing with all kinds of frosting and fillings. Here’s everything you need to know about the trend, plus ten of our favorite places to order from.

Related: This gourmet cookie box is so exclusive that there is a queue to get one

Levain Bakery, an iconic New York City bakery turned cookie haven, may have started the giant cake trend in 1995 (Gideon’s Bakehouse at Walt Disney World Resort, famous for its tiny, handmade cookies the size of your head, also has five Years of baking giant cakes under her belt). And while it’s hard to compete with classic flavors, like chocolate chips and oatmeal raisins, hordes of suppliers nowadays are gearing up. ton An unconventional cookie that contains a wide variety of unexpected ingredients.

Google Trends’ top cookie results reveal that a handful of small businesses are growing in popularity. Searches for Crumbl Bakery, a Utah-based bakery known for its signature pink cookie boxes, are up 3,750 percent over the past 90 days. Rush Hour Cookies n Cream Café, which sells the legendary Duchess Cookies in two stores in Queens and Brooklyn, is up 550 percent. Meanwhile, searches for ultra-thin notebooks from Insta-popular brand Chonky Cookies are up 350%, while L.A.’s Last Crumb, an exclusive cookie club with a huge queue, is close to 300%.

These direct-to-consumer brands ship cookies directly to hungry fans. Some, including Last Crumb, operate under the “Drop” system, much like streetwear and apparel brands. Instead of ordering their baked goods at any point, consumers try their luck in a queue to turn off exclusive cookies as soon as they’re released. Take My Cookie Dealer, a bakery that announces its limited edition launch via social media and sells out anytime once the cookies drop.

Not only do the latest iterations of the giant cookie trend feature super creative flavor combinations, but many also include a sticky center that skips decadence. Whether it’s frosting, chocolate ganache, or cheesecake, plenty of fancy cookies are stuffed with a ridiculous amount of filling (we like Duchess cookies with this move, but more on them later).

Here’s a breakdown of some of our favorite brands of giant cookies, as well as the most outrageous flavors you can order from each one.

Flavor to try: Chocolate Nut Chips

Levin started it all. And while we all pick the best flavours, nothing beats the place like truly Good chocolate chip cookies. (They are made with semi-sweet and dark chips, btw.) We’re also totally obsessed with dark chocolate chip cookies, and they’re rich enough in texture and flavor to cross into the chocolate chip cookie territory.

Buy It ($27 / four assorted packs)

Flavor to try: Not today Mr. Muffin Man

We love this exclusive cookie club. Not only do its flavors include top-notch classics and funky treats alike, but the box comes with a helpful (and delightfully sweet) guide explaining the ingredients and inspiration for each cookie. Sure, the cranberry muffin-flavored cookie is flawless, but we also loved the donkey Kong pudding-filled and salted caramel brown buttercream cookie. Put your name on hold to be notified when the next box drops.

Buy It ($140 / 12 packs)

Flavor to try: classic sugar

Crumbl’s menu of four to five epic cookies rotates weekly, along with a serving of permanent milk chocolate chips. Past flavors include pumpkin cake covered in cream cheese frosting, Funfetti sugar cake filled with rainbow sprinkles and Double Fudge Brownie, stacked with creamy chocolate ganache and brownie pieces. But we have a soft spot for the classic refrigerated sugar cookie, which got a modern makeover thanks to almond-flavored pink frosting.

Prices vary

Flavor to try: cookie monster

Duchess is best known for their $1,000 cookie, but don’t worry: You can try the brand’s sweets without dropping that much dough. There are both regular and exotic flavors, like the Chocolate Butter Cup and Peanut Butterscotch Maple Bacon. But some of the most appealing include TwiZles, starburst style cookies each featuring a unique blend of flavor, and Cookie Monster, an amazing blue sugar cookie stuffed with sticky chocolate chip cookie.

Buy It ($15 / four packs)

Flavor to try: bada ping

There are plenty of flavors to explore in Chonky, not to mention the ice cream, coffee, and cookie sundae at its brick-and-mortar location. It’s *the place* for surprise cookies inside stuffed with the most decadent add-ons. We’re talking creations like Circus Cotton Candy, filled with cotton candy and frozen animal crackers. S’mores, filled with huge marshmallows and milk chocolate; And our personal favorite, Bada Bing, is an almond and raspberry cookie stuffed with an Italian rainbow cookie. Talk about insta worth.

Buy It ($15 / four packs)

Flavor to try: Chocolate caramel pretzel pieces

It would take a lot of dedication to try every flavor of this Santa Monica bakery, since they change the menu often. You can expect candy-filled cookies, cookies that taste like brownies, and best (or worst) ever, cookies drenched in Cheetos, both regular and Flamin’ Hot. Some of our current favorites include the $100,000 bar, loaded with milk chocolate, caramel and crunchy rice, and the sweet and savory Pumpkin Spice Donut and Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk.

Buy It ($50 / 12 packs)

Flavor to try: Obi

Since The Cravory opened in 2009, the bakery has sold over 5,000 unique cookie flavors—and the ideas behind them haven’t run out anytime soon. Go for a variety of bestsellers including Lemon Bar, Red Velvet, and Salted Caramel Cream Cookies, or branch out with the Adventurous Cookie Mix, which features unexpected flavors like Pancakes & Bacon, Rosemary Balsamic, and Taro, a starchy root vegetable.

Buy It ($50 / 24 packs)

Flavor to try: Apple pie

This Chicago bakery has no shortage of cookie options available, but we were surprised by its giant Thanksgiving cookie pack, which features four pie-inspired cookies that will impress (and double astonish) your guests. Prepare your taste buds for a pecan cookie, starring chocolate, pecan and caramel in a mini pie crust; chocolate squash, a sugar-coated, cinnamon-coated pumpkin cookie made with white and semi-sweet chocolate chips; S’mores Cookie, a graham cracker cookie crust filled with sweet and sour chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallows, and apple pie, a classic butter cake stuffed with Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, caramel, and streusel.

Buy It ($40 / four packs)

Flavor to try: Peskov and cream

Nostalgia is strong with these flavors that will awaken your inner child. If cookies are all about molten centers and creamy fillings for you, look no further than Gooey on Bueno Bueno filled with hazelnut cream on the inside, Red Velvet stuffed with cream cheese or the new Biscoff & Cream, a golden white chocolate cake stuffed with custard cream Butter cookies and covered with biscuit crumbs and biscuit crumbs.

Buy It ($55 / six packs)

Flavor to try: Cranberry Lemon Bread Shorts

Sweet and savory lovers will go to The Pantry, which contains coffee, pretzels, toffee bars, and white chocolate, and The Bells, a chocolate chip cookie made with toffee bits, potato chips, and pecans. Fall fanatics can opt for the Maple Snickerdoodle, a vanilla-coated treat made with Saigon cinnamon. But we’re so eager to try Lemon Blueberry Shortbread, a cookie that proves shortbread doesn’t need to be simple and boring.

Buy It ($55 / 12 packs)

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