During the Victorian era, cookies were known as "sweet biscuits" and were eaten only by paupers, who were forced to substitute rich, hearty tallow with inexpensive sugar. Relish this sweet substitution with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a baker's dozen of cookies at Milk & Cookies Bakery (a $24 value after tax, which is included), located in the West Village.
Called "the place of children's sugar-filled dreams" by New York magazine, Milk & Cookies bakes made-to-order cookies concocted with premium butter, chocolate, and other lip-smacking ingredients. Follow the smell of cookie dough to the bakery's tidy and artistically adorned storefront, where you'll choose from 14 flavors that you can mix and match within a baker's dozen. The chocolate chip emits the nostalgic aromas of melted chocolate morsels and soft dough, and the s'mores cookie delights taste buds with its campfire flavors. Visitors also will receive 10% off any additional items bought in the store the day they pick up their cookies, creating an opportunity to munch on the bakery's walnut brownies ($3.75), wake up with freshly ground coffee ($2.25, 10 oz.), or conjure your favorite incarnation of Dick Clark with the supernatural power of the magic bar ($3.25).
- Once you’ve sampled the delectably lethal graham-cracker, dark-chocolate, and toffee-chip magic bars, each enriched with sweetened condensed milk and dusted with coconut, any thoughts of diets will likely be relegated to your dreams. – David S. Hirschman, New York
Milk & Cookies Bakery
Behind the petite storefront of Milk & Cookies Bakery, baking gurus churn out all manner of cookies and baked goods from fine ingredients such as European-style butter, Valrhona cocoa, and organic milk from Ronnybrook Farm. As the aroma of fresh-baked pastries drifts out onto the street, patrons consider a case of peanut-butter cookies, snickerdoodles, and ice-cream sandwiches trapping creamy gelato. To keep their culinary skills sharp, the chefs constantly craft new confections such as the recent Bacon Smack cookie, which is studded with candied bacon and toffee and laced with maple syrup. “Once you’ve sampled the delectably lethal graham-cracker, dark-chocolate, and toffee-chip magic bars, each enriched with sweetened condensed milk and dusted with coconut,” says New York magazine, “any thoughts of diets will likely be relegated to your dreams.” In addition to their standard tempting confections, the bakers craft cakes and cookies with custom designs for parties and custom shapes for when you’re trying to pretend the mouth hole on your costume isn’t all wrong.