Thursday, March 2, 2017

#ATXBESTEATS A round-up of Great Austin Cookies

As a kid, I was never really sheltered from dessert.  I grew up with a fine appreciate for sweets, especially homemade.  Often on the weekends, my mom would make cobblers, pies or cookies & we would d-e-v-o-u-r them.  My mom was a great cook, but she really loved baking.  Her love of sugary confections showed in every cookie, slice & spoonful that came out of her oven.  I've told you a little bit about her famous sugar cookies before on the blog.

So, I blame my deep affection for cookies on her.  :)  As part of the AFBA City Guide this year, I decided to tell you about some of my favorite cookies around Austin.  Because, we could all use a treat now & then, right?



Baked by Amy's

Baked by Amy's

13265 North Hwy. 183; Sunday - Thursday, 10am - 8pm, Friday - Saturday, 10am - 9pm

If you want true Austin charm in cookie form, look no further than Baked by Amy's.  You have to try their Austin-centric, Texas shaped sugar cookies.  1. They are absolutely adorable, with 'your my better half,' 'i love you so much,' 'don't mess with Texas' & plenty of other fun Austin designs.           2. They are some of the best bakery sugar cookies I have ever had! These guys are thick, but surprisingly soft, with a great flavor.  Bonus: These cookies come packaged, so they would be perfect for a mid-week treat for loved ones or an Austin-themed basket for someone missing the River City!


Crema Bakery & Cafe

Crema Bakery & Cafe

9001 Brodie Lane, Sunday - Wednesday, 7am - 5pm, Thursday - Saturday, 7am - 7pm

A local favorite of ours, Crema always has a full case of beautiful sweet treats.  Nestled in a little shopping center on Brodie Lane, Crema is a fun place to sit & read a book, while satisfying your sweet tooth.  Try the oatmeal cookie with a latte & you'll be happy.  I'm also partial to their chocolate chip, or on occasion, their decorated shortbread.  You really can't go wrong with anything from their case.



Kellie's Baking Co.


 Kellie's Baking Co.

5245 Burnet Rd., Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm, Saturday, 10am - 3pm, Closed Sundays

This sweet, colorful shop on Burnet Rd. brings the goods.  Try the Brookie, for a decadent, shareable bite.  This stellar treat is a brownie, topped with a chocolate chip cookie, covered in marshmallow goodness.  Droll worthy, right?  Now, when it comes to something you'll want to save all for yourself...try the Peanut Butter or chocolate chip cookie stuffed with caramel & chocolate.  They're large & most definitely in charge.

La Mexicana Bakery

La Mexicana Bakery

 1924 S. 1st Street, Open 24 hours

If you've never been to a Mexican bakery, I highly recommend trying La Mexicana Bakery on S. 1st.  It's open 24 hours & always has smiling faces behind the counter.  I love La Mexicana because their cookies are just slightly sweet (which means you can eat more!) & always so bright & colorful.  I always go for the ones with sprinkles, or Mexican wedding cookies.  



Quack's 43rd Street Bakery

Quack's 43rd Street Bakery


411 E. 43rd Street, Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 11pm, Saturday, 7am - 11pm, Sunday, 7:30am - 11pm

With fun combos like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk, Nutella filled Tea Cookies & Chocolate Ginger, Quack's cookies are perfect if you're wanting to try something new.  And the hearty dose of laid-back Austin attitude makes you feel right at home.  They also have ever-changing decorated cookies, that are always cute & original.  You have to try one, & just to rub it in that you're eating something so tasty...you gotta instagram it.


Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

Sugar Mama's Bakeshop

1905 S. 1st Street, Tuesday, - Saturday, 10am - 9pm, Sunday, 10am - 6pm

Sugar Mama's Mexican Wedding Cookies may be one of my favorite cookies.  They are soft, tender, buttery, full of pecan pieces & just the right size.  You need to try these; while strolling down S. 1st street with a good cup of coffee in one hand, & your cookie in the other.  Also, make sure you pick up a Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle & an Everything Cookie, filled with peanut butter, oats & chocolate.


Sweetish Hill

Sweetish Hill Bakery


1120 W. 6th Street, Monday - Saturday, 6:30am - 7pm, Sunday 6:30am - 3pm

An Austin institution, Sweetish Hill has been a go-to of mine for years.  Their cute shop is along the quieter side West 6th street & is a wonderful place to spend some time.  I love their nutty, pecan-filled sand tarts & of course, the 'Deep in the Heart of Texas' shortbread.  Also try the black & white or the palmier.


Walton's Fancy & Staple

Walton's Fancy & Staple

609 W. 6th Street, Monday - Saturday, 7am - 7pm, Sunday 8am - 4pm

 A great afternoon can be spent sipping a cup of coffee with a salty oats cookie on your plate, sitting in one of the outdoor tables with a little sun shining.  After enjoying your sweet Walton's treat, I recommend walking through Book People, Whole Foods or Waterloo Records, as they're all within eye-sight.  And take a ginger cookie with you for later, they are over-sized, chewy, sweet & zingy.




Be sure to check out the rest of the AFBA City Guides that cover great places throughout the city!





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