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Fresh out the oven cookies in Tempe, Arizona

So you’re looking for the best cookies in Tempe? Excellent, we’ve got you covered! National Cookie Day is December 4 (like we actually needed an excuse to eat cookies)… We won’t name names but someone on our team eats cookies weekly, if not daily. No judgement from us, of course. We’re all family. We love our cookies hot and fresh baked (daily) and these local Tempe bakeries are sharing the wealth with residents and visitors alike! Check out these hot spots and let us know what your favorite cookie flavor is in the comments below.

Daily Jam

310 S. Mill Ave. #A101, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9288 
Hours: Daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Open for dine-in service, takeout and delivery.

Two words for you. BIG. COOKIES. We’re not mad about it at all. These large and in charge cookies are delish and the perfect pairing with one of their hot lattes from the espresso bar. It’s also the perfect post-meal snack! Whether you’re dining in with great counter service or taking your grub to go, be sure to add one of the monstrosities to your order. #NoRegrets #AllTheCookies  

Daily Jam peanut butter cookie
Daily Jam

Insomnia Cookies

116 E. University Dr., Ste. 104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 795-3693 
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 a.m., Sat. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 3 a.m., Delivery hours vary 

Need a quick and yummy cookie fix? Insomnia is perfect for that. Order a single cookie, half a dozen, or enough to cater to a whole houseful and have it delivered hot and fresh to your door. Insomnia offers cold milk and ice cream pairings for their delicious cookies, too. If you have a special occasion coming up or just feel like celebrating, Insomnia has cookie cakes for that! Insomnia is the best for solving cookie cravings as soon as possible. 

Tracy Dempsey Originals

1325 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 376-9021 
COVID Hours: Thur. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open for curbside pick up only – place your order a day ahead via email to [email protected]

What’s tucked away and full of delicious treats and as a bonus…wine? Tracy Dempsey Originals, of course! With a sensational selection of homemade treats, snacks and most importantly cookies, Chef Tracy Dempsey’s Tempe bakery has quickly become a local favorite. Here you’ll find an ever-evolving variety of cookies, brownies, tarts, small sharing cakes and more yummy items ready for pick up at the counter. Tracy also makes custom creations, so you’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and be the favorite at your next holiday party. And yeah, they have a terrific selection of wines that are hand picked by Tracy and her husband, Chuck.

Unique cookies like their Kitchen Sink Cookie are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. It has chocolate chips, cornflakes, pretzels and marshmallows (which cause the cookie to spread like it does). Now, we can’t tell you all the measurements but you could try to make your own version of the Kitchen Sink Cookie. Just be sure to tag us @tempetourism and, of course, Chef Tracy will want to see the attempts too @tdo_odv!

Tracy Dempsey cookie
Tracy Dempsey Originals


699 S. Mill Ave. #117, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 409-4591 
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. 

Known more famously for their $2 ice cream sandwiches, you’ve either discovered them or are now on your way there. We understand. The simple request from your counter service, ice cream sandwich builder is to pick out two cookies and your choice of ice cream scoop. Easy. Quick tip: for easier consumption, have your ice cream sandwich decomposed – aka your ice cream scoop with two cookies on the side. You can also buy just the cookies (even day young cookies for a bargain). It’s a nice treat to hide in your bag on your way to class or work. Or get your cookies delivered from GrubHub or Uber Eats! YAY! 

Ice cream sandwich from Slickables Tempe
photo credit: @passportsandgrub

Chunk Cookies

1415 E. University Dr. #A104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 590-2271 
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

At Chunk, they sell four packs of cookie awesomeness. How many is too many?! Quoting Cady Heron, “the limit does not exist.” Most importantly… they deliver. This is the best news for those students living on the ASU Tempe Campus… or if you just need that afternoon pick-me-up at the office. Absolute YAS please. 

Chunk Cookies Tempe
Chunk Cookies

Romancing the Bean 

80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #120, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-4077 
Hours: Mon. – Thur.  7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Closed Sat. – Sun. 

This cozy little cafe and bakery is just a few steps away from Mill Avenue, and well worth the venture off the beaten path. Their bakery case is filled each morning with fresh baked goodies, made in house daily. Now let’s talk cookies. The cookies are both giant and decadent – crispy on the outside and oh so gooey on the inside. It’s hard to just get breakfast or lunch at this spot without getting a cookie to go, so just order it while you’re already in line!

Romancing the Bean Cookie
Romancing the Bean

Dirty Dough

1537 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282 | (623) 404-6471
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 12 midnight, Closed Sundays

These fresh baked cookies are not only large, but heavy! Grab them hot and ready for you at their brick-and-mortar location or have them delivered to your Tempe zip code. They now offer shipping nationwide! We recommend a “Dirty Dozen” which is two of each of their “fan favorites” PLUS one of each of their monthly cookie flavor. MUST TRY!

Dirty Dough Tempe
Dirty Dough

Crumbl Cookies at The Watermark

430 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite A112, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 726-4553
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m. – 12 midnight, Closed Sundays

Iconic pink boxes have been spotted throughout Tempe at its newest cookie provider located at the brand new Watermark (also home to new hot spots like Monroe’s Hot Chicken and Sweet Republic! – check it out on our new restaurants blog). These decadent cookies are calling to us and a must try! Offering walk-up and delivery, don’t mind if we enjoy our cookie with a lakeside view watching sunset at Tempe Town Lake. Enjoy them weekly because that’s how often their delicious cookies change! You’re welcome for adding to your sugar induced coma.

photo credit/permission @chelseamcdonnell via @hellotempe

Well that’s it from us! Where are your favorite places to grab a cookie in Tempe? We’re never opposed to trying even more places. Tell us in the comments below.


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Written Rachel Semik

Lover of all things social media and staying in the know, you'll find Content Strategist/ASU Alumni, Rachel out devouring ice cream sandwiches and tasting her way through Tempe's margarita scene.

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