Although every culture celebrates the holidays in their own special way, cookies are a prominent part of many festive traditions. Regardless of shape or ingredients, almost everyone has a favorite. Sure, for most homemade carries a certain sentimentality, but for those separated from family in Sin City – or those who don’t want to bake but still win the workplace cookie exchange – here are seven of the best of Vegas.
Ready for more festive eats this holiday? Check out the Las Vegas Dessert Walk or the Las Vegas Foodie Walk for more of Sin City’s most mouthwatering cuisine.
Ada’s – Caramel Pretzel Cookie
Opened in late May as Chef James Trees’ follow-up to Esther’s Kitchen, Ada’s has quickly become the star of Tivoli Village. Banking on pizza, pasta and #besticecream to win the hearts of locals, it is from Chef de Cuisine Dylan Jobsz that Ada’s menu offers a wide range of crowd pleasing plates. An accomplished baker, Dylan’s sourdough arguably the best in town, one overlooked aspect of Ada’s is a collection of cookies and brownies located at the counter up front. Offered as ice cream sandwiches, or all on their own, guests can select from peanut butter, sugar or s’mores, but the best by far is a round topped in salty pretzels and gooey housemade caramel.
Bronze Café – The Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle.
Known for health-conscious fare and tongue-in-cheek names to describe many of their signature sandwiches or salads, Bronze Café has recently found a new home near Desert Shores in Summerlin. A work of pride from Mr. David Mozes and Chef Peter Bastien, those with specific dietary needs have flocked to Bronze Café ever since its years at The Center for items often organic, vegetarian or even vegan. Ready to dazzle guests whether they choose to veg-out or indulge in desserts, be sure not to miss “David’s Special Salad” which makes Kale appealing to all, and save those extra calories for vegan-friendly cookies including cake-like strawberry and pumpkin or the spiced-sugar Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Company – Coconut Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookie
Focused on “Bringing the Cookie Back,” it was late 2018 that Jovan Mesa-Glennon and husband John opened Chocolate Chip Cookie Company at the back of an industrial complex. Located inside Suite 242 of 6380 South Valley View Boulevard it seems likely that no one will accidentally stumble upon the store, but for those with the prudence to seek-out Dessert the results are most certainly worth it. Hand-made on site, and available for take-out or delivery, guests can expect to be impressed by everything from sugar cookies to the company’s eponymous round, but by way of daily specials the adventurous can expect even better including banana walnut or caramelized coconut marshmallow.
The Coffee Class – Salty Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookie
Joining the ranks of Henderson’s prettiest locally-owned restaurants, The Coffee Class at 8878 S. Eastern Ave. opened strong in July. Located in the same complex as Truffles N Bacon Café, it is in consultation with Chef Beth Ryan-Small that the cozy yet upscale space seeks to give guests an all-day experience including breakfast plates, salads and sandwiches. Built on the premise of exposing locals to single origin Beans, visitors will make no mistake ordering “Orange Blossom Crème Brulee French Toast” or Beth’s city-best biscuits with their coffee, but if one were to single out The Coffee Class’ most memorable item that honor would belong to a Salty Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookie with puddles of melting cocoa and butterscotch morsels suspended in a buttery matrix.
CRAFTkitchen – Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie
It has been said that the “best” restaurants are those that guests want to visit repeatedly, and from the moment one sets foot inside CRAFTkitchen a desire to be anywhere else diminishes. Now a staple of the “702” since 2015, Jaret and Tami Blinn’s commitment to quality rewarded by long lines during peak times, guests can rarely make a wrong choice whether opting for breakfast or lunch. Offering vegetarian and vegan options, but unafraid to entice guests with pastries, those arriving on weekends should definitely order CK Monkey Bread and a seasonal pop-tart or kouign amann, but if cookies are preferred the Chocolate Chunk, Gluten Free Oatmeal and Blueberry White Chocolate Chip rounds are a must.
Rosallie – White Lady
Already Las Vegas’ premier choice for French pastry, Jonathan Pluvinet’s restaurant on South Rainbow only gets better during winter. From Buche de Noel to Croque Monsieur or quiche, and whether for Breakfast, Lunch or early Dinner, ‘Le French Café’ is a cozy respite from stress and shopping. Using house-blended coffee beans to brew a variety of great beverages, visitors seeking something sweet should strongly consider both almond croissants and blueberry brioche, while cookies range from langue de chat and macarons to the sugar-topped White Lady (aka Raspberry Linzer) sandwiched around housemade jelly.
Valencian Gold – Spanish Snickerdoodle
Located in the Southwest Marketplace off Rainbow Boulevard, Valencian Gold describes itself as the World’s first “Spanish fast-casual” concept. The brainchild of Chefs Paras Shah and Jeffrey Weiss, the 4-month old restaurant seeks to do for paella what Chipotle did to the burrito by offering unparalleled customization. Delicious and affordable, those who still have room after beautifully cooked rice should be prepared for everything from croquetas and patatas bravas to housemade desserts. Offered for dine-in, but built to travel, traditionalists will certainly be tempted by flan and saffron rice pudding, but also should not sleep on the Spanish Snickerdoodle that comes moist despite plenty of cinnamon and a subtle hint of lemon.