Insomnia Cookies is located on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh near the campus of North Carolina State University. They’re a simple cookie and ice cream shop whose menu boasts at least fifteen different kinds of cookie. You can enjoy the cookies or ice cream alone or have them combined into a cookiewich. Two things set them apart from your average cookie shop – they are open until 3am every night of the week and they deliver until closing time. Cookie delivery? What?! Yes, Insomnia Cookies in Raleigh will deliver cookies right to your door within a reasonable radius of the store. When I was in college I’m pretty sure the freshman 15 would have been the freshman 25 if there was cookie delivery. Actually, I’m not pretty sure I’m certain.
First up for our tastebuds was the oatmeal raisin cookie. The typical oatmeal raisin cookie is a bit mealy in texture. This one was a lot closer to being a cross between oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle from a texture-wise. The cookie also tasted like a cross between snickerdoodle and oatmeal with the flavor of cinnamon coming through strongly. This taste was a bit out of the norm, but we still enjoyed it. Next up was the S’mores cookie. The S’mores cookie was a big thick chocolate cookie with bittersweet chocolate, plenty of marshmallow, and a bit graham cracker thrown in. The amount of chocolate in the S’mores cookie was overwhelming. Complete chocoholics may really love this one. S’mores lovers like myself expecting a chocolate-marshmallow balance may be a bit disappointed.
Last we tried a cookiewich ($5.35). We chose banana split ice cream sandwiched between two m and m cookies. The cookies were pretty standard m and m cookies. The banana split ice cream was fantastic! I’d stop in here just for this ice cream without the cookies. This glorious scoop of ice cream offered up banana flavor that matched the taste of the fruit rather than the more artificial tasting banana flavoring that is all too typical in banana ice creams. It was packed with pieces of banana and a touch of nut. Needless to say, we were fans. Banana lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to give this ice cream a try. All of the cookies we tried were nice and warm, gooey in the middle, and slightly crispy on the outside. They were pretty close to perfection in the gooey vs crispy/crunchy ratio.
On the whole, we enjoyed popping in to Insomnia Cookies for some quick sweets. Is it a better choice than other sweets shops in the area? I’m not sure that’s the case. However, if we lived within the delivery radius I imagine it would be hard to resist ordering up some delicious cookies straight to our door. If we’re ever up late and driving down Hillsborough Street you can bet we will stop in to Insomnia Cookies again.
Address: 2302 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607