What better way to start off the new year than with cookies? A new store called Gideon’s Bakehouse recently opened in Disney Springs and it’s been hugely popular since opening. That’s no surprise since they have another location in Orlando that is also quite busy. At Disney Gideon’s is using a virtual queue that often fills up in the morning with return times up to 12 hours away. The cookies are just that popular!
The photos I’ve seen of the inside of Gideon’s Bakehouse look really cool. It’s got a gothic feel to it and the walls appear to be covered in books – something that this librarian can appreciate! It seems that the inside is also rather small, which is another reason why the virtual queue makes sense right now.
Even though I’m stuck up here in cold Pennsylvania, I was fortunate enough to try some of the cookies from Gideon’s Bakehouse this month! A friend kindly offered to ship some up here and it was just the January treat I was looking for. These ones came from the other Orlando location but aside from one or two flavors that are exclusive to each location, the cookies themselves are the same.
Gideon Bakehouse’s Prices
Considering the size of their cookies (they’re about 1/2 a pound each!), the pricing is actually pretty reasonable, especially by Disney standards. The cookies are $6 each in Disney Springs and $5 each at the other Orlando location.
Gideon’s Bakehouse Locations
The original Gideon’s Bakehouse is located in Orlando, at East End Market. The Disney location is at Disney Springs in “The Landing” section. You’ll find it next to the Oakley store and across from Wine Bar George on one side and Paradiso 37 across on another side.
Gideon’s Bakehouse Menu
The menu features about 6 cookies that will always be there in addition to one seasonal cookie that changes every month. They also have around 3 cake flavors available, 2 kinds of cold brew coffee, and some other fun treats. It sounds like everything is great but some of the most beloved items seems to be the cookies (of course!), the seasonal Frankenstein cookie in October, and the Peanut Butter Cold Brew coffee. You can find the full menu here.
One thing I really want to highlight is that although these cookies were mailed and took about a week to get to me, they were delicious. And super soft. I was really impressed at the softness and that they managed to stay that way through the week. I’m pretty confident that they tasted just as good as if I got them in Orlando that day.
They are also huge! They advertise them as being about 1/2 a pound each and they’re not joking. It probably took close to a week to finish the 4 cookies between my husband and myself. I took this photo with the cookie next to a standard size sharpie marker just to give you an idea of how massive they are.
You may also notice in my photos that some of the chocolate chips have developed a “fat bloom” – in that they look a little spotty. This is totally normal and fine to eat, it just means the fat has separated from the sugar a bit. This often happens a result in a big change in temperature to the chocolate, and going from Florida to Pennsylvania I’m not surprised! So there’s your fun fact for the day.
Let’s take a look at some of the specific cookies at Gideon’s Bakehouse:
Original Chocolate Chip – this was the first cookie Gideon’s made and of course it’s a classic. One unique thing about their cookies is that the chips are on the outside – and there’s a lot of them! This was tasty and I loved the soft cookie full of flavor and the classic chocolate chips.
Peanut Butter Crunch – I love peanut butter, and this was delicious and very peanut-buttery! I would love to see a version with some chocolate chips mixed with with the peanut butter chips, because I love a good chocolate/peanut butter combo (and it looks like they sometimes offer that as a seasonal cookie!). However a lot of their cookies involve chocolate chips so this is a great option for those who aren’t chocolate lovers.
Triple Chocolate Chip – While we’re talking about chocolate lovers, this one is made for them! Its a chocolate cookie covered in chocolate chips and made with 5 different kinds of chocolate, with a chocolate ganache added directly to the batter. I loved it but you have to really love chocolate for this one! It’s rich and I was glad to spread out the treat over a few days.
Pistachio Toffee Chocolate Chip – I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one but it turned out to be my favorite! I like things that are original and unique, and this fits the bill. I’m a big fan of the sweet and salty combo, and you get that here with the pistachio nuts and chocolate chips. If you’re looking for something special I’d recommend this one.
I was kind of hoping these wouldn’t live up to the hype so I didn’t have to worry about jumping in a virtual queue or waiting awhile the next time I go to Disney – but they definitely did so I guess I’m visiting Disney Springs in the future! Plus a lot of their seasonal cookies sound awesome and I’d like to try them. They also have cakes and iced coffees. With so many great treats now available in Disney Springs I’m going to need a bigger stomach!
So are they the best cookies ever? I might be inclined to say yes. Though nothing will beat a cookie I’ve made myself just out of the oven, this may be the next best thing. Their cookies are handmade and not mass produced (which is one of the reasons why there is so much demand – they can’t make a ton of them every day). There are certainly some of the best cookies I’ve paid for that I’ve ever tasted.
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Other blog posts of interest:
Why you should take a trip to Disney World WITHOUT visiting the theme parks
What to expect at City Works in Disney Springs
Chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Grand Floridian
The Essential 2021 Disney World planning guide
Top 10 Snacks in Epcot
Which cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse would you most like to try?