Epcot Cookie Stroll Cookies RANKED 5 to 1
The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is back! Loaded with entertainment, decorations, and delicious food options abound, this year’s Festival feels as merry as ever before. The return of the festivities also marked the return of the sweetest little walk to ever take place on Walt Disney World Property: the Cookie Stroll!
We completed the FULL Stroll this year and ranked each of the cookies based on texture, taste and of course, freshness. Let’s get into it!
5- Black and White
The black and white cookie from L’Chaim was the first cookie I tried, and it set a very very low bar. The cookie itself was just plain stale- no two ways around that fact. While it did have a slight lemon flavor to the cookie, it was simply not a traditional black and white cookie in flavor or texture (even if it had been fresh).
The frostings somehow lacked flavor distinction between chocolate and vanilla, and after just two bites, the rest went to the trash. Don’t worry though….we can ONLY go up from here…and we do!
The snickerdoodle cookie was a HUGE surprise this year for me. Last year, this stop on the stroll featured a peppermint swirl ‘cookie’ that tasted like it came straight out of a Crest tube. Yep, it was gross.
The snickerdoodle is both a massive step up from last year’s peppermint cookie AND this year’s black and white cookie. The cookie was fresh and certainly tasted like a classic snickerdoodle. Hints of cinnamon came through in every bite, and I really liked the crushed up Snickers candy bar on top- it added a great textural and flavor contrast that I enjoyed overall.
3- Gingerbread Boy
He certainly earns some points for cuteness, but how did he taste? Earning the #3 spot on our list is the adorable Gingerbread Boy. This cookie is the thinnest of them all, and was on the drier side of a gingerbread cookie- but in a good way!
The spice blend was definitely prevalent, but approachable to palettes that might not prefer the heavily ‘spiced’ flavor that often comes with a good gingerbread cookie. The frosting decorations added a sweetness to the cookie that I think would delight any kid who tries it! I would get this cookie again, but I’d pick up a cup of coffee from Starbucks first next time.
The #1 and #2 spots on this list were a close call, and really could go either way based on personal preferences. This Linzer cookie from the Bavaria kitchen was out of this world fantastic! The shortbread cookie that makes up the top and bottom layers was perfectly made and baked. It had that perfectly soft snap, but didn’t crumble or fall apart whatsoever and absolutely melted in my mouth.
The iconic jam layer provided a perfect amount of sweetness and added a great textural contrast to the shortbread cookie. The Linzer cookie was also the prettiest and most photogenic cookie on the stroll by far!
1- Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
For the third year in a row, the chocolate crinkle cookie takes the #1 prize on the Cookie Stroll for me! Absolutely loaded with chocolate flavor, this cookie is the perfect cross between a soft chocolate cookie and a chewy brownie. Aka the most perfect cookie to ever exist.
The cookie is SO concentrated in decadent cocoa flavor, but it’s the texture here that really takes it to the next level. The edges were perfectly chewy while the center of the cookie stayed so soft and dense that made each and every bite perfect.
I will absolutely be getting this cookie again- hopefully more than once- before the Festival wraps up at the end of the Holiday Season. Which cookies would you try on this year’s cookie stroll? Leave me a comment and let me know!