OK, all. Today we’re talking about something that I know you can all appreciate…
COOKIES! Yep. Simple, sweet, and the perfect combo of portable and delicious, cookies are the oft-forgotten workhorse of the snack world.
Now, I know that there are dozens of awesome cookie options in Disney World. So many that we couldn’t possibly list them ALL in our “best of” post about cookies. But we’re going to take a shot at listing a few of our favorites…and hopefully a few that you haven’t yet sampled!
These are cookies that are truly something special — options that either I couldn’t get anyplace else, or treats that say Disney! loud and clear to me.
So I present to you the Disney Food Blog’s Favorite Cookies at Walt Disney World! Don’t forget to check out more awesome Disney Snacks like these in our 2013 DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book!
Carrot Cake Cookie
Ever since I discovered the Carrot Cake Cookie at The Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I’ve made it a point to grab one on just about every trip. The Writer’s Stop is — sadly — now closed, but you can still grab the Carrot Cake Cookie at Sweet Spells.
These are the epitome of awesome Disney snacks. Unique, only found in one park anywhere in the world, and truly, over-the-top delicious. They consist of two components: Cakey “cookies” and a huge amount of cream cheese icing — more than you would ever get on the run-of-the-mill slice of carrot cake.
The cookies themselves are moist, sweet, and spicy. And I liken this snack to the best version of a whoopie pie ever.
This treat is huge, which makes it perfect to share or to eat as a snack over a few days!
Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
You saw this one coming from a mile away, didn’t you? There is no fancy dessert that holds a candle to one of my favorite grab and go sweet treats, the Homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich!
Two ginormous cookies are smooshed together with a huge scoop of ice cream for a portable (if slightly messy) treat. Decadent, simple, and a great way to cool down on a hot Florida day!
But another fun fact that makes these sandwiches a favorite of mine is that often, you can customize them! Pick your cookie, pick your ice cream flavor, and it becomes a totally unique snack. Some locations even offer special holiday cookies and ice cream flavors.
Another completely awesome thing about this treat is that you can get it at several places in Disney World! Head to Sleepy Hollow Refreshments while you’re in Magic Kingdom to score one, or at Dino-Bite Snacks and the ice cream kiosk just outside of Africa in Animal Kingdom. In Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Scoops has the corner on them. And bring an appetite or a friend to help, because these things are seriously huge. (Note: with Fountain View Cafe currently closed in Epcot, we’re not sure where they may be selling these in that park. Please let us know if you find out!)
Caramel Apple Cookie
Here is another treat that I get to thank the DFB readers for making ME try!
For months, I received tips that I had to get myself over to Karamell-Küche in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion to try the Caramel Apple Cookie. When I finally made there to sample this one, I was so, so glad I did.
A huge, super-soft and moist apple oatmeal cookie is topped with a general drizzle of that fabulous Werther’s Caramel. The buttery cookie is the perfect “have some now, save some for later” treat.
It also makes a terrific alternative to dessert at a table service restaurant — skip the expensive eats and stroll around the World to pick one up. You might even burn off a few calories in the process!
Magic Cookie Bars
A classic recipe (here it is if you want to try it!) comes alive in Disney World! The “seven-layer bars” of your youth are alive and well…and still taste just as good as they always did.
This moist cookie bar combines seven ingredients, from condensed milk to coconut to butterscotch and chocolate chips, to create a heavenly treat or dessert!
Cookie Bottom Sundae
Knowing my affinity for the cookie + ice cream combo, you can imagine how excited I was with the Cookie Bottom Sundae. It reminds me of a favorite cookie sundae I used to get at Eat-n-Park when I was in college…but it’s even better!
Highly recommended to me by several awesome readers, this colossal sundae begins with half of a huge, warm chocolate chip cookie. After that, they layer on vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds, and a cherry. For added bliss, you can choose your hot fudge flavor — dark or milk chocolate.
While I love the portability of a cookie sandwich, this is the perfect way to get a bite of tons of decadent ingredients all at once! And anytime there is a sauce, you can count me in!
Find this amazing sundae at Downtown Disney’s Ghirardelli Soda Fountain.
Long a fan favorite, these packaged cookies used to fly under the name of Selma’s. These days, you are more apt to find them labeled as Minnie’s Bake Shop Cookies. But while the name has changed, the cookies are still flavorful, fresh-tasting, and yummy.
You can either find them packaged — as seen above — or in confectionery cases throughout the parks and resorts.
Flavors like chocolate chip, white chocolate raspberry, and (my favorite!) chocolate chip peanut butter share case space with other fresh snack favorites. They’re the perfect snack when you’re craving something rich and home-baked.
You’ll find Selma’s at all kinds of places, including Goofy’s Candy Company at Downtown Disney and Seashore Sweets on the Boardwalk. In Magic Kingdom, look for them at Main Street Confectionery and Frontierland’s Prairie Outpost and Supply. When the cookie craving hits at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, head to Sweet Spells.
And, of course, keep an eye out at large gift shops like Epcot’s Mouse Gear and at Disney resort gift shops. There’s always a Selma’s cookie nearby!
Gelato Cooke Sandwich
So what happens when you replace the ice cream in the sandwich with dense, rich gelato? You take it to a whole new fancy level!
We found these treats at the Gelato Stand in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion, which has become one of my favorite spots in all of World Showcase.
Here, you can choose from pre-made gelato sandwiches, cold and loaded full of the creamy stuff, or you can await a custom-made creation!
While my experience is that these are a bit smaller than the cookie ice cream sandwiches elsewhere, that’s not really a bad thing. For one, I can actually finish them.
And since gelato is richer than ice cream (since not as much air is churned in), a smaller portion will satisfy. At least, theoretically.
Babycakes Frosting Cookie Sandwich
If you’re looking for a vegan or gluten-free treat, Babycakes NYC Bakery is definitely the place to go! And my favorite treats at this little bakery in Downtown Disney are the frosting-filled cookie sandwiches!
Rich, creamy frosting (how to they make it so GOOD without butter?!?) is sandwiched between two of Babycakes famous chocolate chip cookies for a hugely satisfying treat. Even if you’re not eating gluten-free or vegan, these are well worth a try! I often pick up a few to have in my hotel room as snacks!
What are Your Favorites?
So there you have it! Our picks for the most wonderful cookie snacks in all of Walt Disney World. Whether you’re looking for pure cookie bliss, or you’d like to couple your cookie with something frosty and cold, you’ll find plenty of options to satisfy your cravings in the parks, Downtown Disney, and resorts.
Now, as always, we’re looking for YOUR favorites, too!
Let us know in the comments below what your must-have cookie options in Disney World are! I can’t wait to try the suggestions!
Don’t forget to check out more awesome Disney Snacks like these in our 2013 DFB Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks e-Book!