National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day was observed on Aug. 4, but that’s not why Salt Lake magazine decided to hold a best chocolate chip cookie contest. Like most magazine articles, this one started with a trend. Chocolate chip cookies, especially fresh-baked ones, are a definite trend. Of course, they’re more a mainstay than a trend in sweet-toothed Utah—Debbie Fields’ ubiquitous cookies were headquartered in Park City until she sold the company. We asked Salt Lake magazine readers (that’s you) to send in their favorite bakeries and spots for great cookies and assembled a team of judges to sample the top suggested cookies.

Best Chocolate Chip CookieReader nominee: The Rose Establishment The only crispy cookie we tasted—most bakers opted for a softer, chewier style. The judges agreed that these cookies were less uniform—they liked the more homemade look. And the obviously high quality dark chocolate layer that ran through the middle. “I can’t help but keep coming back to this cookie,” said Lydia. “Looks like a flapjack,” said Stuart. 

Rose Establishment, 235 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-990-6270,

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