Taste Test

On the hunt for the city’s best gin­ger­bread cook­ies.

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There are few sweeter hol­i­days than Christ­mas— it’s the sea­son of eggnog, candy canes and choco­late. But let’s be hon­est: noth­ing beats a clas­sic gin­ger­bread cookie. Here’s what hap­pened when we asked two lo­cal pas­try chefs and one keen reader to find the city’s best.

1. Lib­erty Bak­ery

“This is my favourite de­sign— so cute!” said Turner of Lib­erty Bak­ery’s unique To­toro shape. The thicker-than-aver­age layer of ic­ing means this cookie teeters on the edge of be­ing too sweet, but thanks to its soft, chewy tex­ture and per­fectly bal­anced level of spice, our judges re­ally couldn’t find much to fault. $3.25, 3699 Main St., lib­er­ty­bak­ery.com

HON­OURABLE MEN­TION 2. Fratelli Bak­ery

Our judges would have pre­ferred this cookie to have a lit­tle more spice—it needed a stronger gin­ger, clove and mo­lasses flavour to set it apart from the crowd—but they loved the nos­tal­gic look of th­ese gin­ger­bread men. “The choco­late and candy dec­o­ra­tion is a nice touch,” said Hung. $2.50, mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, fratel­libak­ery.com

3. The Un­com­mon Cake

Th­ese cus­tom-made cook­ies were de­scribed as “whim­si­cal and fun,” but, taste­wise, our judges couldn’t look past the heavy spice and too-hard ic­ing: “I don’t like bit­ing into a cookie and feel­ing like I’m go­ing to snap my teeth,” said one. $4, on­line, the­un­com­mon­cake.com

4. Two Daugh­ters Bake Shop

This gluten-free, ve­gan gin­ger­bread cookie didn’t fool any of our judges—its dark colour and grainy tex­ture im­me­di­ately tipped them o. That said, they ap­pre­ci­ated the bak­ery’s eorts to bring this hol­i­day treat to the masses. “I’ve def­i­nitely had worse,” said one judge. $2.25, 121 E 1st St., North Van­cou­ver, twodaugh­ters­bakeshop.ca

5. Cadeaux Bak­ery

Cadeaux Bak­ery’s gin­ger­bread cook­ies have a “nice pep­pery fin­ish” that keeps them from be­ing too sweet. The tex­ture could use some work, though: “It’s a lit­tle bit dry and crumbly,” said Bur­ton. “I could use some hot choco­late to dunk it in.” $3.95, 172 Pow­ell St., cadeauxbak­ery.com

6. But­ter Baked Goods

The cook­ies from But­ter were lack­lus­tre in flavour (“They’re miss­ing spice,” noted one judge),but our pan­el­lists loved the cookie’s im­per­fect shape and sprin­kle dec­o­ra­tion—it has “a home­made feel to it.” $5, 4907 Macken­zie St., but­ter-baked-goods. myshopify.com

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