We Try the New Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie From Papa John's

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Papa John's has a new dessert on the menu: an 8-inch, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie that's cut into slices, just like a pizza. The Mega Chocolate Chip Cookie is $5 with any pizza purchase, but I was able to snag one for the same price without bothering with a pie.

As far as chocolate chip cookies go, this one checks all of the important boxes: it's warm, full of melted chocolate chips, and has a tantalizing aroma that sneaks through the vents in the box, crippling your willpower before you even get the first bite in your mouth.

Texture-wise, it's moist and chewy in the middle, crisp on top and on the bottom, and crunchy around the outside edge. It's best warm, ideally with a scoop of ice cream, but even when it's completely cooled, the cookie still remains pleasantly soft and chewy. Yep, you'll be eating the entire thing.

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The cookies are made from dough that's pre-packed in foil pie plates then baked in the pizza oven for about 8 minutes. Judging by the flavor, I'm guessing the dough is sourced directly from Tollhouse or another mass-manufacturer of cookie dough. It's not quite as tasty as a fresh-baked, homemade cookie, but it's a lot better than anything you'll find bagged in the cookie aisle. For $5, I say go for it.