It was a friend who got me hooked on Carol’s Cookies. These half-pounders (each one is about the size of my palm) offer the ideal ratio of cookie-dough-like deliciousness on the inside and crunchy, buttery crumb on the outside.

Though the treats—there are 11 varieties—are commercially made (the almost 30-year-old company is located just outside of Chicago), every ounce of them tastes homemade. They’re lumpy and imperfect, vaguely salty, and pocketed with brown-sugary bites. Warm one for 10 seconds in the microwave, and it tastes fresh-baked.

As I mentioned, these cookies are huge—one is good for three or four sweet servings. And that’s a good thing, because you don’t want to know the breakdown of fat and calories.

FYI: Though Chicago-based, Carol’s Cookies has a local connection. Carol’s son (who is a co-owner) is married to the daughter of Denver-based event planner Faye Gardenswartz.

Available at Whole Foods Market.