We wish we lived in a world in which all cookies were made equal, but alas, readers — we know that world does not exist. If there’s anything more maddening than biting into an object that looks like a cookie but feels and tastes like sweetened sand in your mouth, then we don’t know what that is.
So, now that we’ve established that good cookies are a bit hard to come by, here’s our solution: a list of spots in Manila with great cookies.
Purple Oven is a bakery filled with all sorts of goodies, from brownies to their signature chocolate lava cakes.
One of its best offerings is its four-inch Chocolate Dipped Cookie, which is half-dipped in bittersweet dark chocolate, giving it the extra edge over most cookies. It’s chewy with a deep dark chocolate flavor and is priced at PHP70 (US$1.33) per piece.
Purple Oven also offers other cookies such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Chip Cookie, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Macadamia Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles. Yum.
Purple Oven has several branches — here are just a few.
63 St Peter St., Oranbo, Pasig City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 7:30pm
Phone: +632 631-4221; +632 910-1364; +632 910-1363
Sacred Heart YMCA Bldg., 7 Sacred Heart St., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 9pm
Phone: +632 6314221; +632 9103664
Senta Condominium, 140 Legazpi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7am to 9pm
Phone: +632 6314221
For those who like their cookies with chunky fillings, then Wildflour Café + Bakery is the way to go.
Their four-inch chocolate chip cookie is usually sold out, no doubt because of its slight crunch and bigger-than-usual chocolate chips. It’s priced at PHP120 (US$2.29).
Wildflour also has an ice cream parlor, Farmacy Ice Cream & Soda Fountain, where diners can pair the cookie with some vanilla ice cream.
Wildflour has several branches — here are just a few.
G/F Net Lima Bldg., 4th Ave. cor. 26th St., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6am to 12mn; Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Phone: +632 856-7600; +63 9178520950
G/F, V-Corp Tower, 125 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday, 6am to 11pm; Sunday, 8am to 4pm
Phone: +632 808-7072; +63 917 328 5915
G/F, Frabelle Business Center Bldg, 111 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday, 6am to 11pm; Sunday 8am to 4pm
Phone: +632 833-9799; +63 9175645748
Cookies by the Bucket, as you can tell its name, sells cookies by the bucket (with a cup of milk!) in mall bazaars and kiosks.
The two-inch cookies are chewy and have a slightly toasted flavor. An entire bucket with 12 pieces is priced at PHP150 (US$2.86) while 20 pieces are priced at PHP250 (US$4.77).
They also have a delivery service in select areas in Metro Manila.
L/G, SM Fairview, Quirino Highway, cor. Regalado Highway, Quezon City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
U/G, SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza, Las Piñas City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm
Coffee roaster Toby’s Estate has 3.5-inch chocolate chip cookies (PHP70/US$1.33) with a bittersweet, melted chocolate taste. It’s quite fragile with crispy edges.
Those who want something sweet to start their day can get have it for breakfast and pair it with one of Toby Estate’s signature coffee drinks.
Check out this list of Toby’s Estate branches.
Mo’ Cookies has acquired a cult following with its palm-sized chocolate chip cookies priced at PHP120 (US$2.29). The cookies have the perfect gooey and thick crunch ratio and melt in the mouth.
We suggest ordering the cookies in advance, especially if you’re after their chocolate chip cookies, which usually sell out first. They also have other flavors such as Dark Chocolate Macadamia, White Chocolate Walnut, South Cotabato Chocolate Fudge, Triple Choco Mallow, and Nutella Crinkle.
Mo’ Cookies has two branches.
The Mess Hall, 2316 Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Ext. Makati City
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11am to 5pm
Phone: +632 869-9284
Power Plant Mall Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St. Makati City
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Phone: +632 898-1702
Cookie Bar Manila is known for experimental cookies. One of its most popular products is the cookie shot glass filled but milk, but they also have cookie cups which are baked in cupcake tins with assorted toppings.
Other must-tries are their stuffed cookies (filled with treats like Oreo and TimTam), cookie cakes (cookie dough baked in a cake pan), and edible cookie dough. For those who want a more classic cookie, they also have those in a variety of flavors including chocolate chip, Ferrero-Nutella, and oatmeal.
Cookie Bar Manila is at Unit 1A RB&A Bldg, Kawilihan Lane, Brgy. Bagong Ilog, Pasig City
(02) 577-6838; (0917) 555-1228
Scout’s Honor is known for its craft-your-own cookie concept where diners can pick the dough and toppings.
They also have artisanal cookies and cookie tarts, which should definitely be paired with milk. Aside from cookies, they serve comfort food for kids and kids at heart alike. The restaurants also have board games which guests can use to pass the time.
Scout’s Honor is at Hole In The Wall, 4/F, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 9pm; Friday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Phone: +632 887-2698
Flour Jar started out as a home-based pastry supplier for different Metro Manila cafes. Now it’s a cafe and bakery based in Las Piñas which specializes in dessert supplies such as cakes, cookies, and custard-filled donuts.
Their cookies are half-baked, resulting in a soft, gooey center and a crunchy exterior. The cookies come in flavors such as Belgian Dark Chocolate and Coco Mango.
Flour Jar is at Unit C, Pilar Development Corporation, Rose Ave., Pilar Village, Las Piñas City
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm to 9pm
Phone: +632 824 31-52
Pi Breakfast & Pies
Pi Breakfast & Pies is an all-day breakfast restaurant that serves chocolate chip cookies with a homemade quality. The three-inch cookie is priced at PHP65 (US$1.24).
They also have a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancake, homemade pancakes with chocolate chip cookie dough, topped with chocolate chips, powdered sugar, and whipped cream priced at PHP205 (US$3.90).
Pi Breakfast & Pies has two branches.
39 Malingap St., Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 2pm
Phone: +63 915 3072352
The Grove by Rockwell, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, C5, Pasig City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm
Phone: +632 535-2108
At Unit 216 has cookies that are big, chewy, and full of flavor — everything a cookie should be. Aside from classic cookies, they also have crinkles, alcapone cookies, double chocolate cookies, and white chocolate among others.
Order in advance and message them first to check if their products are available.
Prices start at PHP180 (US$3.39/box of 10). Check out their Instagram account for their order form.
Mood Bake is owned by celebrity stylist Liz Uy and it offers a crunchy on the outside, ooey-gooey on the inside type of chocolate chip cookie.
It’s chunky and twice the size of a normal cookie priced at PHP99 (US$1.89). A box of five cookies is priced at PHP495 (US$9.44), while a box of 10 is priced at PHP990 (US$18.88). For online orders, the minimum order is a box of five.
Mood Bake has a pop-up in Greenbelt mall until the end of May.
G/F, Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Village, Makati City
If there’s any kind of army we’d like, it’s a chocolate chip army.
They have thick cookies with cool names such as the Triple Threat which is soft, chewy, and chocolatey; Adrenaline which is a gooey, white chocolate-infused cookie; and a Campfire Cookie Bomb which is a s’mores-inspired choco chip sandwich. They accept orders online.
Chocolate Chip Army Cookies are available at two cafes.
Catabolic Café is at 22 Malingap St., Brgy. Teachers Village West, Quezon City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am — 11pm
Phone: +632 366-8822
The Den Manila is at HUB Make Lab First United Bldg., 413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am-9pm
Phone: +632 960-3650
The Wholesome Table, owned by model and restaurateur Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and her husband Juan Elizalde, is an organic restaurant that serves comfort food, which also has a bakery with artisanal baked goods and pastries that are nut-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan.
Their chocolate chip cookies have the rich flavor of dark chocolate and its texture is from gluten-free rolled oats. The sweetness comes from coconut sugar. One cookie costs PHP90 (US$1.72), while a pack of six is PH430 (US$8.20). They also offer homemade cashew milk to pair with the gluten-free cookies.
The Wholesome Table has five branches — here are just a few of them.
30th St. cor. 7th Ave, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 11pm; Friday to Sunday, 8am to 11pm
Phone: +632 867-0000; +639175686645
G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St. cor. Greenbelt Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7AM-11PM
Phone: +632 717-1000; +63 917-170-8227
R2 Level expansion, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm; Friday, 11am to 10pm; Saturday, 10am to 10pm; Sunday 10am to 9pm
Phone: +632 825-7777; +63 9178266747
205 is a lounge-inspired restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It’s a nice place for coffee and lunch meetings or dinners and after-work nightcaps. The restaurant also has thick and slightly chunky Dark Choco Chip Cookies which are served hot off the oven. The three and a half inch cookie is chewy and is priced at PHP105 (US$2).
205 is at U/G C2, Central Square, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 2am; Sunday, 8am to 12am
Phone: +63 9178581942
Marks and Spencer’s is mostly known for its apparel but they also have a cafe in Taguig City that sells chocolate chip cookies that are about three inches big.
They also have Chocolate Chip S’mores which have melted marshmallow sandwiched between chocolate cookies, the ultimate choc-tastic indulgence.
M&S Café is at 3/F Central Square, 5th Avenue cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: Monday to Thursday & Sunday, 11am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm
Subway is mostly known for its sandwiches, but it actually has fairly affordable cookies (PHP35/US$0.67) that will rightly hit the spot.
Theirs are baked fresh daily — rare for a fast food joint — and are approximately three-and-a-half inch in size. Their chocolate chip cookies have a homemade quality and a bittersweet taste.
Check out this list of Subway branches.
Chili’s has a Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie which is served warm and extra gooey with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge.
The dessert is good for two or more people, best eaten after a whole meal. It is priced at PHP385 (US$7.34).
Check out this list of Chili’s branches.