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If You Give Someone A Cookie, Store-Bought Is Fine

“Store-bought is fine” with Ina Garten, and this holiday season it’s completely fine with everyone you know.

Megan Baldwin · 5 months ago

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If you’ve read “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” then you know cookie contact tracing is hard work. Spare yourself the measuring, mixing, and finger-crossing by supporting people who do this sort of thing for a living. From Flour Shop’s super-Instagramy fare to a new Black-owned cookie startup that’s great for kids with allergies, we’ve rounded up the best ready-to-ship baked goods for every sort of late night snack or holiday swap. Here are 10 that are better (and safer) than anything you could make from scratch anyway.

1. The Most Instagrammable: Flour Shop Mini Pumpkin Se

Flour Shop

Flour Shop

Bippidy, boppidy, boo. Your kid’s cookie exchange is about to go viral thanks to sprinkle-loving baker Amirah Kassem’s magical, glitter-covered pumpkin cakes. Yes, these will all disappear by midnight.

2. The Best Of New York: Levain Bakery Signature Assorted Box

Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery

If you know, you know. For New Yorkers who’ve decamped somewhere less accessible to a Levain Bakery, this assorted gift box is a sweet taste of home and a super-chunky reason to move back.

3. The Feels Real Good: Homeboy Industries Cookie Sampler

Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries

A cookie binge you can feel good about. This L.A.-based bakery works with formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men by giving them a chance to make (and bake) something of themselves. The purchase of this cookie sampler also provides one meal to someone in Los Angeles who is food insecure. 

4. The Most Tasteful: Yoku Moku Assorted Cookie Box

Yoku Moku

Yoku Moku

You fancy? This Swedish cookie sampler looks almost too good to eat, which of course means ... more for you to take home. The gallery-worthy assortment features light butter cookies, like the ones grandma used to make.

5. The One Foodies Will Drool Over: Te Company Pineapple Linzer Cookie

Te Company

Te Company

Impress foodies with this cookie-fied take on a traditional Taiwanese pineapple cake. The highbrow linzer cookies boast two discs of hazelnut shortbread filled with pineapple jam, which sounds like something your kid’s violin teacher will dig.

6. The Most Chanukka Friendly: Russ And Daughters Black And White Cookies

Russ And Daughters

Russ And Daughters

Inspire nostalgia-fueled longing with Russ And Daughters’ version of the classic black and white cookie. They may not be as authentic as the ones you’d find at the corner deli, but maybe that’s a good thing.

7. The Best Allergy-Friendly Option: Partake Foods Harvest Variety Pack

Partake Foods

Partake Foods

For kids with allergies, cookie swap time can be a minefield. This Black-owned business set out to fix that by creating better, allergy-friendly foods for their daughter. These crunchy cookies come in fun flavors (like birthday cake) and are safe for kids with allergies — so pass ‘em and go in for the dunk.

8. The Kid-Tested, Camp Approved: Milk Bar Sweet Spot Variety Pack

Milk Bar

Milk Bar

We’re big fans of chef Christina Tosi and everything she makes at Milk Bar (you can find her goodies at Camp stores!) This variety pack hits our sweetest spot with the motherlode of cookies, pies, and her signature truffles.

9. The Most Hygge: Leckerlee Alpine Holiday Tin

Leckerlee

Leckerlee

For the uninitiated, Lebkuchen is a traditional German holiday treat that’s made from almonds and hazelnuts. Think: German gingerbread. With a soft, cakey, gently spiced flavor and a chalet-perfect tin, Leckerlee’s holiday assortment is bound to stand out in a sea of chocolate chip sameness.

10. The One That Has The Most Decadent Fun: Blondery Sample Variety Box

Blondery

Blondery

Auzerais Bellamy’s virtual bakery ups the “store bought is fine” stakes with decadent bite-sized blondies and brownies. Dig in knowing these perfectly packaged desserts reflect Auzerais’ passion for making her profession a better place for women and people of color.