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And now, the all-around favorite store-bought cookie dough: Nestlé Toll House
- We asked chefs from around the country to tell us about their favorite store-bought cookie doughs, and they definitely didn't disappoint.
- The hands-down winner? Nestlé Toll House Cookie Dough, which is also the most easily-accessible dough on this list.
- Other top contenders include Trader Joe's Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Whole Foods 365 Sugar Cookie Dough, and Sweet Loren's Cookie Dough.
There's nothing better than a fresh batch of cookies pulled straight out of the oven ... but making cookie dough from scratch can feel like a massive struggle for those of us who lack keen pastry skills. And honestly, even the folks with these elusive talents sometimes want a quick and easy solution to their sudden cookie cravings. That's where store-bought cookie dough comes in.
Of course, taking a shortcut doesn't mean that you should skimp on quality. To set you on a righteous path toward delicious cookies, we asked a group of chefs to name the best pre-made cookie doughs out there. To our surprise, one brand stood out as the overwhelming favorite ... and it's probably the easiest dough to find at any grocery store you visit. First, check out the runners-up:
Trader Joe's Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough delivers close-to-homemade flavors without any artificial preservatives.
Trader Joe's cookie dough tastes homemade. Trader Joe's
An NYC-based chef, food stylist, and culinary producer of "Scraps" on A&E, Clare Langan knows a thing or two about prepping delicious and attractive dishes under a tight time crunch. When she needs to whip up a batch of cookies in a hurry, Langan grabs a package of Trader Joe's Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
"I've used [this dough] on photo shoots I've styled in a pinch — [the cookies] come out looking homemade and taste pretty close, too! I also appreciate that there are no artificial preservatives, and of course, you can't beat the price. To jazz up store-bought dough, try adding a handful or two of unexpected mix-ins: chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans, toasted hazelnuts or even crushed potato chips for a sweet and salty vibe," Langan told INSIDER.
Whole Foods 365 Sugar Cookie Dough makes a great canvas for fun cookie experimentation
You can customize this cookie dough. Whole Foods
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Executive chef Steven Lona of Waterbar in San Diego, California likes to add some spice to his Nestlé dough:
"[Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Dough is] consistent and yields the perfect cookie every time. I do have ways that I typically jazz up my pre-made dough. I usually like to add some salt and spice to the cookies.
Steven Lona adds lots of spices. Shutterstock/Stas Walenga
"I portion out the cookie dough, sprinkle them with some almonds and dust them with sea salt, plus a mixture of cinnamon, clove and cayenne pepper, to give them a more complexity."
Pastry chef Alisha Ivey of Il Solito in Portland, Oregon said she especially likes the Nestlé sugar cookie dough, which she uses to make pretty epic "dessert pizzas":
"The sugar cookie dough is so versatile if you are in a time crunch. I think one of my favorite uses, though, would be to make it into a 'dessert pizza.' My mom used to make these for birthdays [when I was] growing up," Ivey said.
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