Growing up, milk and cookies were one of our favorite treats. We loved dunking the warm rounds into a glass of cold milk and then nibbling away at the softened edges. It was always a joy to hit a mother lode of melted chocolate chips or crunch into a pecan like we had discovered treasure. Luckily, we haven’t had to give up this simple pleasure just because we’re older and, debatably, wiser because chefs are reviving the childhood classic. Here are 9 milk and cookies desserts to make you feel like a kid again.
David Burke Kitchen, New York, New York
If you’re in the mood for dessert and a drink, order the cookie plate. A seasonal selection arrives with rum-spiked coconut milk. Don’t worry, kiddies, they’re happy to leave out the hooch, so you can enjoy it as well. Make a reservation at David Burke Kitchen.
Cavatina, Los Angeles, California
Fresh-from-the-oven cookies spotted with sweet squares of chocolate get a dusting of sea salt. The finishing touch helps amplify the chocolate’s deeper flavors while taking the edge off the sugar rush. To help wash down the treats, they arrive with a petite pitcher of cold milk. Make a reservation at Cavatina.
Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago, Illinois
Cookies and milk – now in milkshake form. Pastry chef Erin Mooney liquidates the traditional dessert by blending together vanilla bean ice cream with malted chocolate chip cookies and chocolate fudge sauce. The finished product requires a straw, a spoon, and a sweet tooth. Make a reservation at Summer House Santa Monica.
Untitled, New York, New York
Spotted with gooey chunks of dark, milk, and white chocolate, this hefty cookie has a crispy exterior that crunches when you bite into it. Believe it or not, this toothsome treat is gluten-free as it’s made with Thomas Keller’s Cup4Cup GF flour. It arrives with a sidecar of whole milk from Five Acre Farms. Make a reservation at Untitled.
Macon Bistro & Larder, Washington, D.C.
Our new favorite phrase is “bourbon milk.” A small bottle of the bliss-inducing beverage comes with a pair of straws and two cookies so you can share the dessert with your date. Or, you can hog the whole thing for yourself and pretty much guarantee the two of you won’t be going out ever again. Make a reservation at Macon Bistro & Larder.
Harvest Table, St. Helena, California
Whenever we’re fortunate enough to have a root beer float, it reminds us of the sweltering summer days of our childhood. Pastry chef Andrew DiClementi brings those memories rushing back with his version made with sweet cream ice cream and Boylan root beer, which comes with chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies. Each mouthful makes us feel like we’re nine years old all over again. Make a reservation at Harvest Table.
Boulton & Watt, New York, New York
The cast-iron chocolate chip cookie is a stroke of genius from executive chef David Rotter. The gloriously gooey round can be eaten with a fork, a spoon, or your fingers. It comes with a pitcher of chilled milk and mason jars, so you can share with your tablemates – if they’re lucky. Make a reservation at Boulton & Watt.
Driftwood Room, Miami Beach, Florida
Remember how we said we loved bourbon milk? This chocolate walnut cookie is served with a mini pitcher of the alcohol-amped breakfast beverage. Don’t forget to toast your dining companions with a hearty “Cheers!” before you dunk, nibble, and sip. Make a reservation at Driftwood Room.
Kachina Southwestern Grill, Westminster, Colorado
This is not your ordinary plate of chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk. Instead, the platter features powdered sugar-dusted Mexican wedding cookies and a twisting tumble of funnel cake. A trio of dipping sauces – honey cream, Ibarra Mexican chocolate ice cream, and Key lime anglaise – stand at the ready for you to mix and match to your heart’s desire. Make a reservation at Kachina Southwestern Grill.
Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: ThreadSalt (David Burke); Gina Silvi (Summer House Santa Monica); Liz Clayman (Untitled).