Forget hibernation—get through Canadian winter by loading up on freshly baked cookies at these toasty-hot spots!
Patrice Patissier, Montreal
At Patrice Patissier, in Montreal’s hip St-Henri neighbourhood, you can nibble on the sweet creations of owner and pastry chef Patrice Demers, as well as take his pastry classes. All his cookies will have you calling out “encore!” We’re especially fond of the pecan sablé—a shortbread cookies hiding delicious ingredients in its centre: velvety chocolate ganache, salted caramel paste and crunchy praline.
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Calgary
At Sunnyside Natural Market, Calgarians seek out Sidewalk Citizen Bakery not just for owner and baker Aviv Fried’s famous bread and scones, but also for the bakery’s selection of organic and GMO-free cookies. Try the Highwood Crossings oat cookie, a soft and chewy treat named for the Albertan organic and heritage farm that produces the key ingredients: oats and flour. This vanilla-flavoured cookie is loaded with sour cherries, white chocolate, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.
Beaucoup Bakery + Café, Vancouver
Vancouver’s French-style Beaucoup Bakery + Café is owned and run by former designer Jackie Ellis, who honed her baking skills in Paris. Among her bestsellers are the chocolate rosemary cookie. Close your eyes and mentally devour this: a dark-chocolate cookie infused with the delicate pepper and pine notes of rosemary, topped with vanilla maldon salt and an extra sprinkling of the aromatic herb.
Edible Art Café, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Just outside Wolfville, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, people love to listen to local bands while feasting on simple, homey fare at Edible Art Café. Owner and baker Ariell Vincent got her start as a teen baker, selling cookies and cakes at her own stand at Wolfville Farmer’s Market. Today, at her new permanent location, the haystacks have a loyal following. These oat, coconut and dark chocolate macaroons are gooey, rich and big enough for sharing.
Moo Milk Bar, Toronto
Moo Milk Bar is a new boutique bakery entirely devoted to milk and cookies in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood. There are 16 to 18 types of cookies to choose from daily. Don’t leave without trying the pretzel-topped Cowgirl. It’s crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle, and made with a dough that brings together crushed pretzels, Skor toffee bits, espresso powder, choc chunks and mini chocolate chips.