Nothing beats a delicious cookie.  They are great gifts, and nice to have on hand at all times.  We’ve collected some well-reviewed on-line bakeries that bake and send fabulous cookies.

Tate’s cookie varieties are oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and white chocolate chip macadamia nut .   The chocolate chip cookie was the cookie that put them on the map. They are thin and crispy and are addictive.  All the flavors are delicious.

An assortment, three 7 oz. boxes, one each of chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut and oatmeal raisin is $22.50.

The Downtown Cookie Co. bakes 7 cookie varieties.  My sister-in-law swears by these cookies.  The cookies are $24 for one dozen. They would make great gifts.

I love a good lace cookie. They are a nuisance to make so I was thrilled to discover Minnie Beasley’s Almond Lace Cookies.  They are dense with butter, rolled, as they should be, and delicate.  A one pound tin is $21.95.  They also sell gluten free lace cookies.

We tried some of tu-lu’s gluten-free cookies and brownies, and we devoured them.  I’m not sure I could tell that these were gluten-free if I hadn’t already known! She has just opened her bakery and the word is getting around.  Zabar’s has already picked up her products. You can order the cookies and brownies on-line.

Pamela’s Products Organic Cookies – These cookies are wheat, dairy and gluten-free.  They come in mini and regular sizes.  They get rave reviews!

$21.99 for a case of 6 boxes that are 5.2 oz. each.

Chocolate Gourmet bakes cookie treats with names like Chubby Wubby Maternal Macadamia Nut, or Overprotective Pecan. $34 for 20 delicious cookies with silly names.

Please note – If you order between May and September, shipping becomes very expensive because they must send in a cooler and ship overnight.

Heart of the Desert – If you don’t like overly sweet snacks, biscotti may be the way to go.  This pistachio cranberry biscotti is delicate, not too sweet, and delicious.

$6.95 for a 5 oz. package.

If you like macaroons and French macarons, see the previous ASE article at http://www.asharpeye.com/articles/100509.shtml.

Tatte Fine Cookies & Cakes combines fresh nuts and handmade caramel in a buttery shell called Nut Boxes, a wonderful version of a ‘cookie’.  The butter pecan look absolutely divine, $6 for a bag of 12 cookies.

Marnee’s Cookies from Bath, Maine bakes 13 flavors of cookies.  Marnee’s Nirvana is semi-sweet chocolate chips and toffee – Yum! The cookies come in two sizes, regular and mini. A dozen regular is $17.00 and the minis are $20.