Nothing beats a homemade chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven, but storebought cookies have their appeal at times, too. They’re convenient, for one thing, and often have a certain crisp-tenderness that is unique to a non-homemade cookie. Not that this is necessarily “better” than a buttery, chewy cookie, but it does stand up to dunking in milk pretty well! The problem with storebought, prepackaged cookies is that a lot of them range from bland to bad, and there seem to be more bad than good. In their most recent issue, Consumer Reports gave a quick taste test to 13 different brands of storebought chocolate chip cookies and picked out their favorites.The two top choices were Healthy Valley Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies and Keebler Chips Deluxe Original Cookies.
Both of these were deemed to be “well blended, flavorful [with a] good chip-to-chocolate ratio [and were] crunchy but tender” – perfect for dunking in milk. Continuing down the list, the runners up, in the “Good” category, included Nacisco Chips Ahoy! Real Chocolate, Trader Joe’s Dress Circle Crispy Crunchy, Back to Nature Chocolate Chunk and Pepperide Farm Nantucket Soft Baked, Great Value (Walmart brand), Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Real Chocolate Reduced Fat, Newman’s Own Organics Champion Chocolate Chip and Famous Amos. Archer Farms Organic Petit and Pamela’s Products Chunky Gourmet All Natural were the bottom finishers in the taste test. Consumer Reports noted that the organic cookies they tried had no flavor advantage over regular cookies and, in some cases, were much less tasty than their counterparts.