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The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes, the only cure for a bad day is a warm, sweetly soft, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Here are our ten favorites in the city.

10. French Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

Although I usually favor the chewy chocolate chip cookie, I very much enjoy the cakey texture of the French Gourmet Bakery's version. And every so often, I double up two of the cookies with some vanilla frosting for a delectable sandwich.

9. The Chocolate Bar

Patrons of The Chocolate Bar are often too dazzled by the chocolate-dipped fritos and ginormous layer cakes to pay much mind to the seemingly pedestrian chocolate chip cookies. If, however, you're looking for a (slightly) less expensive treat from The Chocolate Bar, do go for the cookies, which are heavily marbled with ribbons and studded with large chunks of the same high-quality chocolate found in the other desserts.

8. Moeller's

As a general rule, I don't believe in mixing nuts into chocolate chip cookies. Moeller's chocolate chip pecan cookies, however, are more than just fine with me because the nut bits don't overwhelm the chocolate and actually enhance the brown buttery flavor.

7. DaCapo's Pastry Cafe.

You already knew they offer the best egg salad; you may not know they also have amazing BANANA chocolate chip cookies. Don't waste time (and headspace) sprinkling Nestle morsels into your banana loaf and telling yourself "it's still healthy, 'cause it's bread." DaCapo's got you covered.

6. Brown Bag Deli

Two things ensure a wonderful lunch at Brown Bag Deli: (1) Requesting your sandwich "pressed" and (2) buying a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Each cookie's craggy, slightly crunchy exterior belies a softer interior laden with chocolate chunks. This blend of textures is almost as entertaining as the wise-cracking clerk who made your sandwich.

5. Croissant Brioche French Bakery

The baked-good offerings in Rice Village can be hit or miss, not to mention overpriced, a sad reality when this girl is craving an after-school snack. Consistently great, however, are the chocolate chip cookies at Croissant Brioche, often displayed on a cute doily just next to the cash register. Despite their greasy sheen, these cookies are not very rich and the batter encasing the chips even suggests a hint of citrus fruit.

4. Tiff's Treats

I like big cookies and I cannot lie. So when I first encountered Tiff's chocolate chip cookies in Austin, I was suspicious that cookies so moderate in size could really satisfy my desire for rich chocolate and creamy vanilla dough. It's amazing, however, how time (speedy delivery) and temperature (piping hot!) can influence one's consumption experience. Those cookies may be smallish, but they're damn good.

3. Michael's Cookie Jar

The star of their "Americana Collection," the chocolate chip (well, actually, chunk) cookies at Michael's are modestly sweet with a strong burst of cocoa flavor from the oversized chocolate pieces. And if you take advantage of Michael's gift packaging, these superbly simple cookies can make for a fancy holiday gift.

2. Zoe's Kitchen

You wouldn't expect a chain of restaurants devoted to selling healthful fast food would proffer some of the best cookies in town. Zoe's version of the chocolate chip cookie is oversized, moist and loaded with chips. And don't be fooled by the corporate plastic that encloses each cookie; each one tastes like it was made in a small-batch kitchen.

1. Tiny Boxwood's

After being singled out (by me) for having the best chewy chocolate chip cookies in Houston , Tiny Boxwood's continued its reign by winning Houston Press's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie distinction in 2012. There simply isn't another that can compare with Tiny Boxwood's devilishly moist, buttery, chocolate chunk-studded circle of vanilla-infused dough. And did I mention they're served ooey-gooey warm?

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