At Urban Cookies Bake Shop, there's an entire case of cupcakes, morning buns, muffins, and croissants, but if you've only got one chance to visit, you really can't go wrong with a bag of the shop's signature offering: cookies.
There are seven flavors in total, including classics like snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin, all priced at $1.75 apiece. I opted for a trio of top-sellers: peanut butter, double chocolate with sea salt, and dark chocolate walnut. All three were excellent.
The peanut butter cookie is perfect in its simplicity. It's fat and soft, with a crisp, craggy top and a moist, buttery interior. The dark chocolate walnut (the bake shop's original cookie) is made with oats and a touch of coconut, which gives it a great chew and texture. Subtle pops of dark chocolate flavored the cookie without overwhelming the oats.
The cookie I wish I'd got two of was the double chocolate with sea salt. Its rich, chocolate undertones are perfectly balanced by the coarse grains of salt on top, and it is so tasty that when I (unknowingly!) dipped my hand into the bag and ate the last bite, it started an argument. If you're sharing, get two, separately bagged, to prevent the (inevitable) squabbling over who got more and who is a jerk for (unknowingly!) eating practically the entire cookie.
Urban Cookies Bake Shop4711 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ (map) urbancookies.com
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax