It’s been a while since I tackled anything really important here, and what could be more important than finding a good cookie in Bangkok? What makes a good cookie? Well, first off it has to be soft. A hard cookie is not a cookie, it’s a biscuit, or a doorstop. It also has to be more than one bite in size, and preferably take three or four bites at least to consume. These two criteria alone rule out 99.9% of what gets labeled as ‘cookies’ in Bangkok.
Herewith is a list of the places were you can get a good cookie:
Pigwit I first went to Pigwit to try out their sandwiches, which are good, but it will probably be their cookies that keep me coming back. They do three different cookies, plus brownies as well. The cookies are: chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and Oreo. The chocolate chip is, as they say on their menu, ‘classic’. The snickerdoodle was probably my favorite, in large part because they’re very hard to find in Bangkok, and these were done quite well. The Oreo cookie didn’t work for me at all. The chocolate cookie part was too dry, and thus crumbly, and lacked the rich chocolate taste of the real thing.
Bangkok Baking Co. I stumbled across this place in my search. It’s a little bakery carved out of the JW Marriott’s coffee shop. There are a lot of pastries and breads on display as well as cookies. The chalkboard in the shop promised several options, including peanut butter, but the only two kinds available when I was there were the two above. Both were very good, with everything that you look for in a good cookie. The chocolate was real, and there was lots of it. The chocolate chip cookie was very close to having too much chocolate in it (as if there was such a thing). At 70 Baht each they’re a little on the pricey side, but as the shop is part of a hotel I expected as much. You do get quality for the price, as well as size.
Follow-up note: I’ve made two follow-up visits to Bangkok Baking Co. in hopes of sampling some more of their cookies, but on both visits I was disappointed to find no cookies on sale. So, you might think twice before making a special trip there in search of something to satisfy your cookie craving. 25 Sept. 2012
Kuppadeli For me, walnuts are almost as important to a good chocolate chip cookie as the chocolate. A cookie can be good without the nuts, but to be great it has to have them. The problem is, walnuts are expensive in Bangkok. Kuppadeli is one of the few places in the city that makes cookies with walnuts, although they’re used very sparingly. The cookies are good, although the ones pictured were just a little on the dry side. While the cookies are a little bit smaller than the others above, at 45 Baht they are well-priced in comparison to the competition.
Sparkles I knew from my, er, extensive research into Bangkok’s best cupcakes that Sparkles also did cookies. On returning there to sample (okay, re-sample) the cookies for this post, I noted that the range of cookies seems to have expanded quite a bit since my last visit. They had eight or more options on offer, from which I selected the four above.
As with their cupcakes, Sparkles uses only the best ingredients with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. All four of the cookies were good, and for the most part had exactly what I look for. That said, the peanut butter and espresso cookies didn’t ‘wow’ me. The chocolate chip was good, if a little limp. The winner, for me, was the lemony poppy seed cookie. With all the options, you’re sure to find a cookie that hits the spot at Sparkles. All the cookies I sampled were 50 Baht each, so they’re a good deal as well. It appears that they only make one batch of cookies a day, so it’s best to get there early to have the most selection.