By Victoria Stibrik
October is National Cookie Month. That’s right. One entire month—31 days—to celebrate the dearly beloved cookie. And what better way to do just that than by starting where all cookies begin? Cookie dough. So, here’s a list of places where you can indulge in the tasty treat. Don’t worry: You won’t find anybody telling you not to eat raw cookie dough here.
Scoopwell’s Dough Bar
The cookie dough is safe at Scoopwell’s because it has pasteurized eggs in it. So, it is safe to eat raw but is still able to be taken home and baked into a cookie. Co-owner and “Vice President of Dough-ification” Kendra Scheer says, “We do have the occasional customer who is like, ‘I don’t know about this. My mom told me I shouldn’t eat the dough. I don’t think I’m going to like this.’” But after friendly reassurance and a sample, Scheer says, “Almost always they’re converted to dough lovers after they taste it.” While cookie dough is the main attraction, Scoopwell’s also offers ice cream; ice cream sandwiches; cookie dough truffles called duffles; and fancy, gourmet ice cream cones from Konery Cones that come in vibrant colors to match the flavors.
Scoopwell’s Dough Bar, 100 E. Camelback Road, Suite 164, Phoenix, 602.296.5146, scoopwells.com, $2-$10.
DoughLicious has all the regular flavors, like chocolate chip and sugar cookie, but it also has fun offerings, like birthday suit and granny apple. On keto? No problem. It makes a keto dough, and it changes the flavor every six weeks. “Now, in the store, we do offer more, because cookie dough isn’t for everybody,” says owner and operator Brandi Airey. “So, we do ‘fire style’ is what we call it, and it’s kind of like a mini pizookie. So, they can pick any dough and get it half-baked and top it with ice cream.” DoughLicious also has dough shakes, which is like a regular milkshake but with a 2- or 3-ounce chunk of cookie dough added to make it extra thick and doughy. There’s a DoughLicious store location in Queen Creek, and there’s also a mobile unit that visits events or neighborhoods.
DoughLicious Desserts, 20784 E. Victoria Lane, Queen Creek, 480.590.1866, doughliciousdessert.com, $2.49-$8.49.
Many know Nami as a vegan breakfast, pastry and coffee place, but it also has cookie dough that it calls “Namidoh.” It comes in three regular flavors: chocolate chip; gluten-free, soy-free chocolate chip; and cosmic, which has chocolate and white chocolate, potato chips and coffee. “Cosmic dough just kind of seemed extra special because the coffee we use in the cookie dough, it would turn the dough a little bit green, which is kind of funky, so we used to say it was, like, glowing from outer space,” owner Damon Brasch says. “So, that’s where the ‘cosmic’ thing came from.” Namidoh can be bought at Nami or participating Whole Foods in Arizona.
Nami, 2014 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.258.6264, tsoynami.com, $9-$10.
Uncle Biff’s California Killer Cookies
The original Uncle Biff’s is in San Diego, but John Van Borssum, Uncle Biff’s brother-in-law, opened a location in Phoenix about two and a half years ago, “and we serve what we think, as we put it, quite possibly the best cookie on the planet,” Van Borssum says. Uncle Biff’s is famous for cookies, but guests can buy the cookie dough by the pound—but not in all the flavors. For example, its Oreo-stuffed cookie is handcrafted, as are its salted caramel and macadamia cookies, so the cookie dough cannot be purchased. But let’s talk about this “California Killer cookie.” “The signature cookie. It’s what made Uncle Biff a legend,” Van Borssum says. It’s a semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie dough with chocolate chunks, pecans and walnuts. “Sometimes there’s not enough room for dough,” Van Borssum jokes. Besides cookies, Uncle Biff also has chip shots—shot-glass-shaped cookies with white chocolate coating the inside—and cookie bouquets for that special, cookie-loving someone in your life.
Uncle Biff’s California Killer Cookies, 6239 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix, 602.888.8990, unclebiffsarizona.com, $10 per pound.
So far, we’ve learned that you can eat cookie dough raw, or bake it and eat it as a cookie. OK, cool. But what if I told you, you could eat cookie dough—raw—on a gourmet s’more? Because you can. At Toasted Mallow, the cookie dough comes in two regular flavors, chocolate chip and s’morelicious, and other flavors rotate throughout the year. But what does a gourmet cookie dough s’more even look like? Well, the graham cracker is bowl shaped and filled with the messiest, fluffiest marshmallows you could ever imagine and cookie dough. And owner and marshmallow-maker Tricia Arce says there’s no wrong way to eat them. “People can enjoy the s’more by breaking off the cookie and dipping it into the marshmallow or holding it in your hand and biting into it like a cupcake, or just eating it straight out of the bowl and saving the cookie for last.”
Toasted Mallow, 1034 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 3, Gilbert, 480.686.9071, thetoastedmallow.com, $6.94.