Chocolate chip cookies, allegedly invented by accident more than 75 years ago, are now the most popular variety in America. There's no shortage of brands and variations to choose among. As shoppers know all too well, Nabisco and Keebler have a lock on the snack aisle in most grocery stores. Their cheap chocolate chip cookies compete against other stalwarts such as Famous Amos, Pepperidge Farm, and Entenmann's, which tend to have slightly higher prices. Many retail chains also stock chocolate chip cookies under their own private labels and some bake up batches right in the store. Meanwhile, at artisanal bakeries and gourmet markets, a single cookie might cost more than an entire package of supermarket treats.
Best Cheap Chocolate Chip Cookies
Published on By Gina Martinez
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Review
From $1.98 Best
These bite-size snack cookies boast lifelong enthusiasts and overwhelmingly positive reviews. They are simple, delectable classics -- crispy but not too crumbly, and chocolaty but not too heavy or greasy.
For a crispy chocolate chip cookie, consumers can't go wrong with Famous Amos (starting at $1.98 for a 12.4-ounce box, Amazon). Cheapism's tasting panel put these bite-size classics at the top of the list, and Famous Amos cookies get overwhelmingly positive reviews online, as well. Reviewers posting on Amazon join our panelists in remarking on the non-greasy but not-too-dry texture of these cookies. Many comment that Famous Amos cookies taste the same as they remember from childhood.
Trader Joe's Charmingly Chewy Review
From $2.50 Best
Our top pick among the soft-baked samples, these little cookies impressed the tasting panel with a pleasing texture and fresh, addicting flavor. Their quality and all-natural ingredients earn them a lot of fans.
By the conclusion of Cheapism's chocolate chip cookie taste test, the panelists had polished off these cookies and were eager to go out and buy more. Trader Joe's Charmingly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (starting at $2.50 for a 9-ounce box) were the clear favorite among soft-baked chocolate chip cookies. They offer a rare combination of "natural" ingredients and a low price.
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Nabisco Chips Ahoy Original Review
From $2.50 Good
Nabisco's traditional Chips Ahoy cookies are increasingly subject to add-in innovations, from white fudge to "candy blasts," but these thin, crisp exemplars remain a satisfying companion to a glass of milk.
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Chewy Review
From $2.50 Good
Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies garner praise for their moist texture and abundance of semisweet chocolate chips, although some reviewers deem them mushy. Try microwaving them or pairing with ice cream.
The debate between Nabisco's Chips Ahoy Chewy and Chips Ahoy Original cookies was intense in Cheapism's chocolate chip cookie taste test. The texture of the Chips Ahoy Chewy cookies (starting at $2.50 for a 14-ounce package, Amazon) proved controversial. Many reviewers described them as "buttery" and pleasantly moist. One suggested they were soft enough to mix with vanilla ice cream for do-it-yourself chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. Chips Ahoy Chewy reviews on the Walmart website indicate a strong liking for these cookies. A couple of consumers warn that they can be addictive.
Keebler Soft Batch Review
From $1.98 Think Twice
These chewy Keebler cookies claim some admirers, but most reviewers are put off by the taste and unpleasantly spongy texture. There aren't enough chips per cookie, and the chocolate tastes artificial.
Keebler Soft Batch chocolate chip cookies boast a low price point (starting at $1.98 for a 15-ounce package, Amazon) and evoke happy memories for a lot of people, perhaps because of Keebler's once-ubiquitous elves. However, these chewy cookies didn't live up to the nostalgic expectations of most panelists in Cheapism's taste test.