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Taste Test: Indy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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PUBLIC GREENS

900 E. 64th St., 964-0865

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Pure crunch (thanks in part to popcorn pieces), this gluten-free disc tastes better than you’d think, given its radical departure from the classic. It’s extra salty, so a good soak in milk will both balance that out and soften the hard texture. $3


THE CAKE BAKE SHOP

6515 Carrollton Ave., 257-2253

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Even the garnish is garnished—a sprinkle of fleur de sel is followed with a dusting of glitter. The high-butterfat dough leans dense and sugary, and you couldn’t handle any more Belgian chocolate. $4.75


ILLINOIS STREET FOOD EMPORIUM

5550 N. Illinois St., 253-9513

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You could call this flat rendition old school, but after school is more like it. The thin, crispy edges, chewy center, and semisweet chocolate scream for a dunk in cold milk at the kitchen counter. $1.25


RENE’S BAKERY

6524 Cornell Ave., 251-2253

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This European-style spot refines nearly every aspect of the American preparation. It’s evident you’re eating real butter and lots of high-quality chocolate. Owner Albert Trevino doesn’t like undercooked cookies, so expect some crunch. $1.75


AMELIA’S

653 Virginia Ave., 686-1582

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The secrets of this save-half-for-later, sea-salted whopper include brown butter and chunks of premium Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate in different sizes melting into every crevice. The result: chocolate strips, not chips. $2


EZRA’S ENLIGHTENED CAFE

6516 Ferguson St., 255-3972

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You can argue whether this vegan, Fig Newton-y dollop qualifies as a chocolate-chip cookie (no butter, and cacao nibs sub for the signature ingredient), but if your diet forbids dairy, you won’t complain. $2.50


BLONDIE’S

The Fashion Mall, 705-9883;
Greenwood Park Mall, Greenwood, 883-4845

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This soft, sugary, buttery mall treat has Grandma’s touch all over it. You can practically smell a batch baking in her sunny kitchen. The texture is fairly cakey, and there’s not too much chocolate. $1.85


Bake a Better Batch

Pro tip: Refrigerate dough overnight. The flavors will meld together, and the cookies will hold their shape in the oven.

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now an executive editor, she lives downtown.
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