The new Leeds bakery with stuffed NYC cookies and vegan bakes

Open from Saturday 16 December 2023.

Chunk Cookies has got to be one of our favourite success stories in Leeds.

From baking inside her student shared house to opening her very first bakery, the last few years have been a whirlwind for owner Amy Bennett- and there’s really no stopping her now.

The new Chunk Cookies store has been a work-in-progress for the past few months, but today the doors finally open in Burley for the official opening.

Having completely transformed the site by hand, Chunk is a labour of love by both the owner and partner Diego, as well as the local community – with family, friends and even strangers from Instagram getting involved in the project.

And it’s certainly paid off.

The beautiful store features the signature terracotta colour on the outer walls, whilst the inside is decorated in a serene cream, with wooden benches, complete with handmade notes, seasonal bunting and of course, a huge array of cookies and bakes to choose from.

nine Chunk Cookies with stars on top.
two seats facing the window.
Owner of Chunk Cookies Amy Bennett.
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cookies on a tray.

Each cookie comes with the knowledge that you’re not just supporting a small business, but one that’s really working hard to be as sustainable as possible: being vegan is just one step of this.

The Chunk Cookies website explains that “running a vegan and sustainable business is not without its challenges! It can be difficult to balance sustainability with profitability- vegan and sustainable ingredients/packaging are usually more expensive, but we still need to keep our prices low so that people buy from us, AND make a tiny profit so we can stay open!”

“We try to balance affordability with sustainability, and aim to provide amazing cookies, that are great value and kind to the planet” and the bakery has taken steps like no same day deliveries; using EcoFlo to pack out boxes, reducing waste wherever possible and switching flour supply to Shipton Mill 100% organic British grown flour, this year to continue on its green mission.

black forest cruffins.
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cinnamon rolls outside Chunk Cookies.

Chunk Cookies has been three years in the making, and whilst the original recipe is still used today, there’s a wide variety of flavours to choose from: Biscoff, Mince Pie, Birthday Cake – you name it, there’s probably a cookie version of it.

Opening a cafe site also allows Amy to serve a host of hot drinks too. Oat milk comes as standard, naturally, but there are dairy options to add into your coffees and hot chocolates.

And the latte art is seriously second to none.

coffee sign with espresso, latte and capp options.
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coffee with dog latte art.

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You can find Chunk Cookies at 406 Burley Road, Burley, Leeds, LS4 or have a nosey on Instagram here.

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