Chefs share the 6 best cookie doughs to buy at the grocery store

Store-bought cookie dough can take the hassle out of baking. Sydney Kramer/Insider
  • We asked professional chefs from around the US to tell us about their favourite store-bought cookie dough.
  • Many chefs agreed that Nestlé Toll House’s chocolate chip cookie dough is a clear winner.
  • Other top contenders include Trader Joe’s chunky chocolate chip cookie dough, Whole Foods 365 sugar cookie dough, and Sweet Loren’s cookie dough.
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There’s nothing better than a fresh batch of cookies, but sometimes you want a quick and easy solution for your cookie cravings. That’s where store-bought cookie dough comes in.

Fortunately, taking a shortcut doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on quality.

We asked professional chefs to name their favourite premade cookie doughs, and one brand stood out as an overwhelming favourite.

Here are some of the best store-bought cookie doughs, according to the pros.

Trader Joe’s chunky chocolate chip cookie dough delivers close-to-homemade flavours.

Trader Joe’s cookie dough tastes almost homemade. Trader Joe’s

Clare Langan, a New York-based chef, food stylist, and TV culinary producer, said that she grabs a package of Trader Joe’s chunky chocolate chip cookie dough when she needs to whip up a batch in a hurry.

“[The cookies] come out looking homemade and taste pretty close, too,” she told Insider.

To jazz up the premade dough, Langan said she suggests “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.”

Whole Foods 365 sugar cookie dough makes a great canvas for fun cookie experimentation.

You can customise sugar cookie dough. Shutterstock

Ron Paprocki, who was the pastry chef for the acclaimed Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City before it closed, prefers to make doughs from scratch. But if he’s relaxing at home and wants something quick and easy to customise, he said Whole Foods 365 sugar cookie dough is his go-to.

Paprocki told Insider this classic sugar cookie dough is especially great to customise.

“What I really like to do is make a simple cream cheese frosting, spread it on a cooled baked cookie, and decorate it with rainbow sprinkles, an almost exact replica of the Schmackary’s famous Funfetti sugar cookie,” he said.

For an allergy-friendly spin on premade cookie dough, try Sweet Loren’s.

This dough is gluten-free, vegan, and whole grain. Nicole Pomarico for Insider

Chef and registered dietitian Julie Harrington told Insider she recommends a more allergen-friendly store-bought cookie dough that’s perfect for people who follow a wide range of diets.

Sweet Loren’s has doughs that are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher.

“From both a chef and registered dietitian standpoint, I would recommend Sweet Loren’s store-bought cookie dough,” she told Insider. “With a simple ingredient list, these cookies are delicious right out of the oven.”

Several chefs believe that Nestlé Toll House makes the best premade cookie dough on the market.

Nestlé Toll House was the overall winner among chefs. Nicole Pomarico

The majority of chefs we spoke with said that Nestlé Toll House cookie dough is the best of the bunch.

Chef Matt Ward of NICO in Charleston, South Carolina, said he loves the simplicity of the pre-cut Nestlé cookie doughs, which he likes to jazz up by adding extra chocolate candies.

“The pre-cut ones literally take no time at all and can curb any sweet tooth [craving] in about 15 minutes, start to finish,” he told Insider. “Not to mention, when baked, they’re pretty solid cookies.”

Texas-based pastry chef Amanda Rockman thinks that Nestlé dough has achieved the perfect cookie texture.

“[Cookies made from Nestlé dough] have the perfect crunchy outside and gooey, soft inside texture that you want from a cookie,” she said.

Some chefs particularly love Nestlé’s classic chocolate chip cookie dough.

Chocolate chip is a classic cookie flavour. Sydney Kramer/INSIDER

Alex Levin, the culinary director of pastry for Alta Strada in Washington DC, said he conducted research as a culinary student to find the best store-bought cookie dough. When compared to doughs from Trader Joe’s, Nestlé, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker, Nestlé emerged triumphantly.

“The Nestlé chocolate chip was the most flavorful, and the dough had a very buttery [taste],” he said. “The dark brown sugar, butter, and good chocolate chips are the three key things [needed] for a great cookie … they nailed it on all fronts.”

Steven Lona, the executive chef of Waterbar in San Diego, California, likes that Nestlé chocolate chip cookie dough makes fool-proof cookies.

“[Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Dough is] consistent and yields the perfect cookie every time,” he told Insider. “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 more complexity.”

Another chef prefers to jazz up Nestlé’s sugar cookie dough.

Sugar cookie dough can make a great dessert pizza crust. Elena Veselova/Shutterstock

Alisha Ivey, the pastry chef of Il Solito in Portland, Oregon, said she especially likes the Nestlé sugar cookie dough, which she uses to make “dessert pizzas.”

“My mum used to make these for birthdays [when I was] growing up,” Ivey said. “It’s a sugar cookie base rolled out into the shape of a pizza, baked, then topped with a layer of cream cheese icing and a layer of homemade strawberry jam.”

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