Summer House on the Lake vs Gideon’s Bakehouse: Who Has the Best Disney Springs Cookies?

by | May 1, 2024 | Disney Springs, WDW Blog

Who has the best Disney Springs cookies: Summer House on the Lake or Gideon’s Bakehouse? We share our thoughts on these iconic cookies.

Disney Springs is a great place to spend the day. Whether you are interested in doing some shopping, grabbing a coffee, having some dinner or even stopping for a drink, there’s something for everyone. This includes all you cookie lovers out there (us included!).  

Cookies, you might ask? What makes these cookies so special? Guests have been flocking to Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs since it opened, where it boasted lines for days. What do you get for those lines? Huge, delicious cookies! But a new player has recently entered the scene, offering a cookie selection of their own, Summer House on the Lake. Which should you choose for your cookie of choice? We’re here to tell you about each and which one we think you should try. 

Summer House on the Lake at Disney Springs 

Summer House on the Lake is a brand-new dining eatery located at the West Side of Disney Springs. Themed after a beach house in California, guests here can dine on lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch when it’s summer all the time.  But we are talking about cookies here, so what about their bakery? Well, Summer House on the Lake has an in-house bakery with a Cookie Bar, which is available to go. This means you don’t have to eat a meal at Summer House on the Lake to enjoy a delicious cookie. 

Offering 16 different types of cookies, these options include the classic Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Cloud, Oatmeal Scotchie, Birthday Cake, Fudge Bomb, and even a Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie. Do keep in mind that they have different cookies daily, so either check their website or visit the store to see which ones are the daily choices. 

summer house on the lake disney springs

Photo by Maria Salerno

Even though this is all about cookies, they do offer other options too, like Krispy Treats, Brownies, Blondies, Baked Alaska Key Lime Pie, Gooey Lemon Cake, and even different coffee drinks. The cookies are huge and available right behind the case, where you can catch a glance at them all! The cookies range between $4.95 and $5.45, depending on the flavor. 

Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs 

Located in the Landing in Disney Springs, Gideon’s Bakehouse is a fan-favorite location for all things cookies and baked goods. Guests flock to this location, waiting in virtual queues and hour long lines, just to catch a glimpse at the inside of the bakehouse, with walls lined with odd art, books and antiques from the Victorian Era. 

While Summer House on the Lake also operated as a restaurant with a Cookie Bar, Gideon’s is strictly a bakery… There is no regular food being served in this location. It’s also not a place for you to stop and eat. You typically go in, order your cookies, and leave. 

Gideons Bakehouse at Disney Springs

Photo by Jeff Chiu

Why do people flock to Gideon’s Bakehouse? This Orlando Bakery serves small-batch, half-pound cookies. That’s right, half-pound cookies! Classics at Gideon’s include the Original Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Crunch, Cookies and Cream and the Coffee Cake, which are only available at Disney Springs. Plus, each month, a specialty cookie and coffee is released that guests will love to enjoy. 

But cookies aren’t just their thing. Huge cake slices are also their specialty. From their True Red Velvet to the daily slice and the secret slice, there is so much to choose from. They are also known for their peanut butter cold brew, so make sure to try that too. 

Cookies at Gideon Bakehouse’s Disney Springs location are around $6 each. 

Who Should Choose Summer House on the Lake?

Summer House on the Lake has a laid-back vibe that is perfect for those guests who just want to enjoy a leisurely treat. They don’t have hour-long queues to wait on and they have a cute seating area available to enjoy your yummy treats.  But we aren’t just suggesting this because the line is manageable. The cookies are also delicious too! They are large, soft, freshly baked and only $4.95-$5.45 each. They package your cookies up for you in a bag so that you can take them to go, and it’s just a light and airy atmosphere. No reservations are required which makes this a great option for a quick snack.  

Who It’s Right For: Quick-Snack, Laid-Back Vibes, Affordable  

Who Should Choose Gideon’s Bakehouse?

Gideon’s Bakehouse is known for being a popular experience that requires a wait. That’s right; there is usually a wait when you visit Gideon’s Bakehouse. This is a great choice for people who want to wait for their cookies and then leave. There is no place to sit and eat, like Summer House on the Lake. 

But these cookies are popular for a reason. They are a half-pound each and come in a variety of delicious flavors and limited-edition options. They don’t skimp here on ingredients. The chocolate chips are large, the cookie crumbles are there, and there’s no denying these cookies are amazing. They will package your cookies for you so that you can take them to go and have them later. Again, they do have a super long line, so you might have to join a virtual queue or an actual long line if you plan to visit, have some time set aside for waiting. 

Who It’s Right For: If Time’s Not a Factor, More Expensive Cookies, The Experience 

The Best Disney Springs Cookies

Both Summer House on the Lake and Gideon’s Bakehouse have some amazing cookies! Whichever you choose won’t be a wrong choice, that’s for sure! Summer House on the Lake offers a unique, laid-back vibe while Gideon’s Bakehouse is more of an experience with a darker, unique atmosphere. 

It’s hard for us to pick just one… but we will say if you are short on time and still want that delicious cookie, we suggest trying Summer House on the Lake. Gideon’s is the popular choice, and we would never say we don’t have a Gideon’s Cookie, but why not try Summer House on the Lake for a new experience? 

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Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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Jenn Marrazzo

Jennifer Marrazzo is a writer and adjunct professor and knows way too many facts about Disney and cruises. She’s a DVC Member and WDW Annual Passholder and has a vast collection of Disney merchandise from Beauty and the Beast to Baby Yoda. Jennifer has her own blog, The Happiest Travels on Earth, where she offers reviews and tips for Disney and cruises!
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