(Photographed by Staff Photographer Lilly Lafleur)
Staff Writer: Jesse Magnifico
You don’t know cookies until you try Crumbl Cookies.
Thick, humongous, ornamental, Crumbl knows what they’re doing. I don’t care if you bake or have visited Insomnia Cookies in Providence.
Crumbl Cookies has finally come to Dartmouth within five minutes from UMassD. Located in the plaza across from the Dartmouth Mall, smack in the middle of Joann and the old Bed Bath and Beyond, I had the pleasure of taking a trip on October 26th with Torch Editor-in-Chief Roxy Hepburn and Staff Photographer Lilly Lafleur to try their selection.
Each week, Crumbl Cookies rotates its flavors to keep the cookie experience fresh and tasty. The week of our visit, they served:
- Strawberry Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Brownie
- Carrot Cake
- Buttermilk Pancakes
They also bake chocolate chip cookies available year-round as a staple flavor.
When you read this article, the flavors we have tried won’t be available again until God knows when. Still, we provide our first impressions and insight to entice you to go forth and enjoy some (or, eventually, all) of their 250+ delicious varieties.
The Bite-Sized Reviews
Roxy: It’s very warm when you pick it up, but not overly warm — it’s not burning hot. There is a slightly crunchy exterior and a very lovely, soft, yummy inside. There’s icing on top, like a classic honeybun, and it is heavenly. Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, good! It’s not quite exactly like a honeybun flavor, but it’s still very, very good. You can taste honey, and you can taste cinnamony undertones.
Lilly: There looks to be graham cracker crumbs on top of cheesecake and strawberry icing. It’s a thick cookie. It’s very dense. It’s good — it does taste exactly like cheesecake. It’s what you’d expect from a cheesecake. The cookie part is definitely really thick. It could be a little less dense. It’s cold.
Jesse: It’s so nice and chilly. You can actually taste the pumpkin cheesecake filling — it’s pumpkin spice with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s got three layers (actually four if you consider the topping that’s brownies). It’s very thick — they put a lot of [icing] on top. You get the chocolate and the pumpkin; it is not mistakeable. One of these would put me in a coma. I’m going to get diabetes from one of them.
OG Chocolate Chip
Lilly: It’s warm. It’s gooey. It’s a nice chewy cookie; it’s very soft. The chocolate chips inside are all melted. It’s very comforting!
Lilly: Looking at it, it’s like a plain cookie, nothing mixed into the batter. On top is the light brown maple frosting, but the taste of maple doesn’t come through a lot. On top of that, it looks like a [fluff] of butter, but it’s actually frosting, which is good. It’s slightly warm, but not as warm as the chocolate chip cookie, but warmer than the cold cheesecake cookie. It’s less dense than the cheesecake cookie. It tastes like there might be maple in the cookie-it’s just a hint of maple.
Lilly: It’s exactly as warm as the pancake cookie but less warm than the chocolate chip cookie. It’s got a cream cheese frosting swirl on top with some pecans on top. The cookie looks like carrot cake—I can see bits of carrot and nuts. Crunchy outside, chewy inside. It tastes exactly like a carrot cake.
Roxy, Lilly, and I agree that Crumbl Cookies doesn’t skimp on volume and density. Their cookies are baked with love, and it shows between the thick layers packed with taste bud-bursting flavor and their carefully crafted ornamental features. Even the chocolate chip cookie is gargantuan!
Roxy mentioned that she didn’t eat dinner before taste-testing, and one cookie alone would fill her up. I shared the same sentiment, already feeling stuffed and ready to enter a sugar coma from one-third of my pumpkin brownie cookie.
They are jam-packed with deliciousness, and we couldn’t stop chewing despite the thickness.
What’s convenient is that you can choose cookies in singles or variety packs. There are two self-service kiosks when you walk in, but you can also have cookies delivered, catered, and scheduled for pickup. Orders come fast, too! We didn’t wait in line for more than three minutes.
Their prices are as follows:
- Single: $4.68
- 4-pack (which Lilly and I got): $15.25
- 6-pack: $23.48
- 12-pack: $39.93
The cookies are relatively expensive, but remember, they are humongous. You get the best bang for your buck with the single and 4-pack. Anything over the 6-pack feels like overkill unless you’re hosting a small event.
So, the million-dollar question: Are Crumbl Cookies worth the hype? Yes, absolutely, no hesitation. Sure, they are expensive for a bakery specializing in cookies, but the sheer volume and savory flavors are worth every penny.
Crumbl Cookies is a periodic treat-yourself adventure. Sate your gooey, sugary cravings with their delicious roundup.
Roxy, Lilly, and I chant: Venture into cookie-topia and explore their weekly gourmet specialties!