One of Daily Hive’s best chocolate chip cookies in Vancouver on September 11, 2019
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Half Baked Cookie Company
1211 Nanaimo Street
As any self-respecting East Van resident will tell you, a little humbleness goes a long way when looking to fit into the community. Still, Half Baked Cookie Company on Nanaimo seems determined to sell itself short. Forget a flashy neon sign or awning painted by the second coming of Michelangelo—the shop’s main calling card is a sidewalk board billing the place as a “Cookie Company”. And then there’s the name, with “Half Baked” not exactly a ringing endorsement for anything not named Snoop Dogg.
But good God, the sublime selection inside. There are, indeed, cookies on offer, but skip to the fresh-from-the-oven pies. Forget boring old cherry or classic apple; instead, consider a rotating selection that includes the likes of Chocolate Haupie (a Hawaii-inspired blend of dark- and milk-chocolate pudding and toasted coconut) and Banoffee (fresh bananas with dulce de leche caramel and vanilla pastry cream, topped with whipped espresso cream and chocolate).
Best in show is the Island Time, where tangy passion fruit and coconut custard transport you to a Gilligan’s Island–like tropical heaven. At the risk of bragging, East Van is the greatest place in the world, and Half Baked is one of the reasons.
The Million-Dollar Baby: Half Baked Cookie Company
There’s never a bad time for shortbread, and Half Baked does it well. Envisioned by “Chief Cookie Monster” Cheryl Low, the tiny micro-bakery recently opened up a permanent location on Nanaimo Street, where sweet seekers can stop in for a slice of pie or a bag of cookies to go. The shortbread is crunchy and crumbly, and comes in flavours including candied ginger cardamom and rosemary brown sugar; and visiting the shop means you can mix and match your own bag of treats. The runaway winner of decadence, however, is the Millionaire shortbread bar, which is larger in size and covered in homemade dulce de leche. The soft, creamy chocolate pairs amazingly with the buttery crisp of the shortbread—it’s big enough to share with a buddy, but you probably won’t want to.