Jul 15, 2022 - Food and Drink

Food Fight: These local cookies are better than the national chain

People wait in line outside the storefront for Insomnia Cookies, which is decorated with balloons.
Insomnia Cookies in Midtown. Photo: Samuel Robinson/Axios

You might have heard there's a new cookie shop in town. Naturally, we decided to argue about it.

  • While you can't beat the late night hours offered by Insomnia Cookies, the popular college-town staple that opened Tuesday on Wayne State's campus, there are plenty of local shops that offer tastier cookies.

Here are some of our favorites:

Sam: The chocolate and halvah cookies at Warda Patisserie are no doubt some of the highest quality around.

Annalise: Good Cookies bakery on McNichols sells what I'd call an ideal embodiment of the chocolate chip cookie.

  • It's not just perfect texture-wise — it's also hefty and thick, with a depth of flavor in the dough and good disbursement of chips.
Two chocolate chip cookies are shown in separate images.
Cookies from Warda (left) and Good Cookies. Photos: Sam Robinson and Annalise Frank/Axios

Our quick take on Insomnia: The cookies are always warm and gooey, but there's an undercooked sludge factor that's hard to ignore.

  • They taste good, but eat more than two and you'll be feeling them in your stomach until the day after.
  • They also don't last more than a few hours out of the oven before turning hard and brittle.
  • That being said, the late night delivery service is really convenient and contributes to "freshman fifteens" across the state.
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