I don't believe there is such a thing as just one perfect chocolate chip cookie, but the ones from Amanda Cook at Cookshop come very close. You'll want to come early in the morning for these gems ($2.50), which are sold alongside other baked goods at the coffee bar counter opened from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. If muffins can count as breakfast food, there's no reason why cookies can't. Ooey gooey when still fresh from the oven, they're rich but balanced with a crisp exterior that sinks right into that warm melty center, with shards of milk chocolate and a bit of salt. Brown sugar gives it a bit of chew and rounded sweetness—I'd be happy eating even just the dough. Nothing fancy, just honest and satisfying. And even better with cold milk.
Coffeebar at Cookshop
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.