ALON'S BAKERY AND MARKET: This widely loved bakery's assortment of mini cookies is proof that the best things often come in small packages. Chewy and gooey Krakovskis — raspberry preserves sandwiched within an almond-based cookie — and crumbly Mexican wedding cookies are displayed alongside specials of French macaroons and hamantashens. Lazy bakers will love the convenience of buying a tube of dough to bake at home and pass off as your own. Our lips are sealed. 1394 N. Highland Ave., 404-872-6000; 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 678-397-1781. www.alons.com.
HENRI'S BAKERY: Henri's churns out gingerbread men (and women), thumbprint cookies, and every other cookie imaginable to an extremely loyal clientele. The bakery also makes plenty of fun cookies for holidays, such as a large sugar cookie decorated with romantic sentiments to let your valentine know just how sweet he or she is. 61 Irby Ave., 404-237-0202; 6289 Roswell Road, 404-256-7934. www.henrisbakery.com.
THE COOKIE STUDIO: The owners of the Cookie Studio approach every cookie recipe with a scientific approach until their ideal is met. An example is their pitch-perfect chocolate chip cookie, which the bakers worked on for eight months. A simple sugar cookie exhibits the proprietors' skill. It's everything you could ever want in a sugar cookie: crumbly, soft and just sweet enough without being cloying. 747-C E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-373-8527. www.thecookiestudio.net.