Everyone knows the Gold Coast has swoon-worthy beaches, incredible breweries, and inspiring places to eat out any time of the day. These things are aspects our city nails without even trying. There is, however, other stuff we see creeping into the mainstay, and we would also argue that our freshly baked cookies can’t be beaten.
These days you mightn’t realise it, but there are a decent collection of bakers here on the Coast who knock these tasty, sweet morsels out by the dozens. We’ve researched the best cookie spots around the Gold Coast, and once you’ve tasted these treats, there’s a serious chance you’ll be longing for cookies after every meal #sorrynotsorry.
The Milkman’s Cookies
When two chirpy Gold Coast mates, devoted to all things sweet, decided to try their hand at making cookies, the results, well, were pretty special. So much so they then decided to take their spoils to the weekly Farmers’ Markets at HOTA Bundall. And after colossal success and consistently selling out of their fresh-baked pieces of joy, they thought it only fitting to then make themselves available for national distribution and delivering all over the country!
The one to munch: Nutella Choc — an oozy Nutella centre awaits
Where: HOTA Markets at Bundall every Sunday or online
This quaint fairy tale looking old Queenslander hidden away on a leafy backstreet of Burleigh has earned itself nothing short of a cult following over the last few years. And when you drop by for any of their fresh-baked savoury or sweet fare, you’ll fully understand why. A state-of-the-art baker’s kitchen with a built-in glass wall allows you to take in the magicians at work any time of the day — making some of the tastiest baked goods in the country is an around the clock endeavour, let us tell you. Often regarded as THE mid-morning spot to catch up with the gang over great coffee, flaky croissants and of course, the crumbliest cookies.
The one to munch: Caramilk Cookie — because Caramilk is simply the best (and if you have to share, it also comes in a 1KG version!).
Where: 20 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads
Gold Coast Cookies
When American ex-pat and cookie addict Christina decided to make the perfect cookie, she had no idea that she’d be supplying to over 150 cafes nationwide and also to a horde of fans right here on the Gold Coast within the space of a year. In starting, she hand-delivered cookies for free around the city, bringing crumbly joy in the first few months of the pandemic. But it’s not just her generosity that has won people over; it’s her carefully researched and developed recipe, which involved literally 50 different trials! There’s a strong chance you’ll find Gold Coast Cookies in a café near you; hunt them down with a handy online stockist map found on their website.
The one to munch: Triple Choc Cookie — triple the threat and triply good!
Where: online or select cafes
What Canadian owner Troy doesn’t know about baking probably isn’t worth getting upset about. Using a sourdough base for all his cookies has a more distinct taste profile and is bendier and softer than your average cookie — yum! Another market goer who thought it was time to upscale and bring his creations to the masses. You’ll find their cute hole in the wall storefront in Currumbin, conveniently right next to a Nook Espresso coffee outlet.
The one to munch: Coconut, Milk Choc, Vanilla — three of the best flavours combine
Where: 2A, 31 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
As if heading down to Tallebudgera Creek on a majestic Winter/Spring morning and submerging in crystal-like water isn’t enough, you now have delicious buttery and sweet treats to make this your favourite place to take a dip and have a treat. The proprietors are the original crew behind much-lauded Bam Bam Bakehouse, and Cubby Bakehouse across the border in Chinderah. With biscuit credentials like those, they know how the cookie crumbles.
The one to munch: Salted Caramel, White Choc and Cream Cheese Cookie or their Quad Choc Cookie — decadent and ohh so good.
Where: Tallebudgera Creek, 1525 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Krumm Cookie Co
On the northern end of the coast at Westfield Coomera Krumm Cookie Co. is the place to grab something sweet whilst you’re out testing your credit card limit. Nine different varieties are on offer, so taking a box home for friends and family will be sure to please everyone. It makes you think, retail therapy and cookies are quite literally a match made in heaven — well-played Krumm Cookie Co., well played.
The one to munch: Double Chocolate Sea Salt — just trust us.
Where: Westfield Coomera, 103 Foxwell Road, Coomera
The already prodigious Burleigh café scene went up a gear when Tarte opened its doors a year ago. The reason why? Where do we begin?! If the tranquil leafy outlook coupled with a French inspired breakfast menu for the ages doesn’t grab you, then inventive baked goods such as the Bolognese Pie and their Kouign Amann will. When the time comes for something sweet, though, sweet goods are where these guys shine, an assortment of freshly made daily cookies awaits you. Or, if you should feel inclined, take one away to devour later… if it makes it to ‘later.’
The one to munch: Cookie Cups — because why not have your milk and cookie in one?!
Where: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
Are you even familiar with Cookie Pies? Well, if not, an encounter with this sensational purveyor of cookies will change all that. These deep-filled and often gooey cookies takes an innocent treat to a whole new indulgent level with a thickness that simply cannot be matched. You’ll find them in a select handful of cafes across the Coast but fear not, as they can also be ordered and delivered super-fast across the Gold Coast or even shipped across the country. If not for you to devour, these pieces of joy would make a fabulous present for someone you think deserves them!
The one to munch: Biscoff Cookie Butter Spread – Biscoff is a gift from God, that’s why.
Words by Alex Mitcheson.