Located less than 75 miles south of the Canadian border, the sleepy town of Harbor Springs, Mich. (pop: 1,600) may be known as the birthplace of the Shay Locomotive, but today, it is also famous for being the location of Tom's Mom's Cookies
. Thanks to delicious dough and chunky chips, Tom's Mom's Cookies is up for a Luxist Readers' Choice Award in the best cookie category.
Tom's Mom's Cookies
has operated in Harbor Springs for the past 25 years. As Harbor Springs is a resort community with many out of state residents during the summer months, Tom's Mom's Cookies
has a very large and loyal following all over the country. Its customers use its cookies as wedding cakes, as favors at receptions, and in gift packages. Its recipes date back to its earliest days. Chocolate chunks are cut buy hand from 10-pound bars of semisweet chocolate while careful attention is paid to the selection of other ingredients such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts and locally-grown cherries. No additives or preservatives are used.
For a small outfit in a tiny village, the volume of press received by Tom's Mom's Cookies
is a testament to the quality of the tasty treats it produces. In 2003, Tom's Mom's Cookies
were featured on The Food Network's "Food Finds"; in 2007, the cookies were featured as Rachael Ray's "snack of the day." The company has received additional attention from Family Circle and Business Week.
Tom's Mom's Cookies
are available via mail order from the company's website; they ship from the retail shop and bakery in downtown Harbor Springs. Swaddled in star-covered tissue, shipments are sure to please the recipient's eyes as well as their taste buds. Popular gift packages include the Cup of Cookies – a coffee mug packed with a dozen mini-cookies ($18.50), as well as a variety of cookies priced by the dozen
($17.50) plus shipping.
Vote for the company you believe makes the best cookies. Readers' Choice Winners will be announced on March 1st.