Hunting for Duke's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ceren Ebrem

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic. They just have a sweet, comforting, homey feeling and everyone likes them. They make great snacks-to-go between classes, and they are perfect for treating yourself after long hours of studying. For you, dear reader, I have sacrificed myself, ventured the risk of Freshmen 15, and tasted chocolate chip cookies all around the campus. Not that I enjoyed it of course; I just did it for the sake of reporting. For my mission to find the tastiest cookie, I have ranked various places all around the campus, and I present you my list. Despite this ranking, let’s not forget that all chocolate chip cookies are unique, all chocolate chip cookies are beautiful, and all chocolate chip cookies must be appreciated. Here we go.

8. Divinity Café:

a. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie with Orange Juice: I normally like Divinity Café’s lunch a lot, so I was very surprised that they came last in my ranking. Whoever came up with the idea of putting OJ in a chocolate chip cookie clearly did not think this through. They were not a great combo, and I could not even finish the cookie. Not recommended.

b. Regular: The cookie was –somewhat– fresh. It was thick and soft. It had a lot of chocolate chips but it was too sweet. Nothing to write home about.

7. Twinnie’s:

The inner part of the cookie was undercooked; it was crumbling. Its chocolate was good but there were not many chocolate chips. Some places of the cookie were just dough and did not include any chocolate chips, which was disappointing. The cookie itself was HUGE. Maybe it was undercooked because of this. It was way too big for on person. It could have been much better if they had divided it into two and cooked them separately.

6. Bella Union:

For my investigation, I went as far as the McClendon Tower. The cookie was not fresh, and it was super big. The outsides were too hard, and I don’t like hard cookies. The insides were softer but the cookie dough had too much sugar in it. There were not enough chocolate chips. Taste was okay but not great.

PC: Mika Deshmukh

PC: Mika Deshmukh

5. Marketplace:

Every freshmen’s love hate relationship: Marketplace. These cookies always taste sweeter since they are free. They are freshly baked and tasty, but hurry up. They are very popular and they finish within ten minutes, max.

4. Saladelia at the Perk:

The cookie was good. It was a bit too sweet for me, but it was soft and had the perfect amount of chocolate chips.

PC: Mika Deshmukh

PC: Mika Deshmukh

3. Joe van Gogh:

JVG sells JP’s Pastry gluten free cookies. They were pretty good, but it depends on if they are fresh or not. Since JVG gets its cookies from somewhere else, sometimes the cookie is not fresh at all. If you are lucky enough to buy them on the delivery day, great. If not, a couple of days old cookie does not taste that awesome. Risky call.

2. Trinity Cafe:

It was soft and fresh. It had a lot of big chocolate chips, and left a good taste in my mouth. It was not too sugary that I felt like I was “this” close to a sugar coma.

1. Au Bon Pain:

This was the best cookie I tasted on campus. ABP is a bakery, so I was not surprised. The cookie had just the right balance of soft and firm. Its chocolate tasted very good, and the sweet taste of the cookie was coming from the chocolate rather than a too-sweet dough. It was very tasty.

PC: Mika Deshmukh

PC: Mika Deshmukh


Merchants on Points: Jimmy John's cookie: This one has white chocolate chips in it. it tastes good if you like white chocolate, but this was too sweet for me. 


My Recipe for the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup packed brown sugar (I like using brown sugar more, because if you use white sugar more than the brown one the cookie gets super sweet and leaves a bad taste in your mouth after you eat it)

1/2 white granulated sugar

3/4 cup butter (preferably melted)

1 teaspoon of real vanilla (cut a small piece of it and crush until it is like a paste)

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 325 F. Prepare you cookie sheet and tray.

Pour flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Blend brown sugar, white sugar and butter using a mixer. After they are properly mixed, add vanilla and eggs.

Slowly add the dry ingredients. Put a little bit, mix them, and add a bit more and repeat once the mixture homogenous.

Now you must have a semi-thick dough. Fold in chocolate chips, and place your cookies on your tray. Bake them for ~15 minutes.

Keep an eye on your cookies and check them regularly because every oven has a different power. For some ovens, it can take up to 25 minutes. But be careful, we do not want our cookies to get burnt. When the middle part of the cookie gets firm, you can take them out, because they will harden as they get colder. Enjoy!