Pass by the Gargogyle keeping watch over the newly opened Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs and your senses will go wild with the smell of fresh baked cookies and gooey chocolate. Enter the Victorian-esque bookshop-turned-bakehouse and let your eyes feast on the occult art before your tongue tastes the scrumptious sweets. Gideon’s Bakehouse is open once again!
Gideon’s Bakehouse is finally opening it’s doors after guests have been anxiously awaiting for months. There was a social media frenzy while Disney fans waited for word of an official opening date. For weeks many passed by the enticing window of the store front in the section know as “the Landing” when walking by Raglan Road toward Jock Lindsey Hangar Bar and felt their mouth water at the amazing window Disney. With just 2 days notice, Gideon’s Bakehouse opened to an massive crowd on January 16, 2021. Using a virtual que system, the wait time was estimated up to 12 hours long within an hour of opening.
The Magic of the Disney Spring’s Bakehouse
What’s so different about this bakehouse that it can so easily lure hundreds of people to it’s doors? The bakehouse is known for its gigantic “almost half pound” cookies. The edible giants take 24 hours to bake from scratch, and they’re just as beautiful to the eyes as they are to the tongue.
Their original cookie is a classic, known here as the Original Chocolate Chip. Steve Lewis took 15 years to perfect this recipe. Softer than cookie dough and rich with chocolates and vanillas, this award-winning cookie is made from scratch and offered daily! Another cookie the Bakehouse offers is the Coffee Cake Cookie, which is an “extra Buttery Vanilla Bean Cookie filled with Cinnamon Swirl and topped with our Homemade Double Baked Butter Crumbs!” They also suggest that it’s best eaten with one of their cold coffees. This cookie is only available at Disney Springs from the Bakehouse’s opening until sell out. It’s best to get in line early to taste this snickerdoodle snack! Everyday cookies include Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Crunch, Cookies & Cream, Coffee Toffee, Pistachio Toffee Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate Chip and Coffee Cake. Seasonal specialties are not to be missed and in the past have included The Frankenstein (Oreo, chocolate and M&M), Santa’s White Christmas, Rocky Road, Peanut Butter Espresso, Roasted Coconut Carmel Chocolate Chip, Mexican Chocolate Chip, and Dark Chocolate Salted Andes Mint just to name a few!
Their Disney Springs location also has limited special items. Take, for example, Hot Cookie Hour. Each day at 7pm, Gideon’s offers their Original Chocolate Chip straight from the oven so you can enjoy it warm! Another special offer is known as “Gideon’s Bites,” which are quartered Gideon’s Cookies. They are dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with toppings. You can mix and match these if you preorder. Finally, the Bakehouse also has seasonal cookies, which you can find the full list of here. Keep an eye out for the Eternal Flame cookie for Valentines next month!
Cookies aren’t the only sweets that Gideon’s offers. Gideon’s Bakehouse at Disney Springs has an expanded line that includes an assortment of cakes ranging from red velvet to rotating flavors of chocolate and double frosted cakes. And of course, how else would we down all of these sweets without their line of soda, milk, or coffee?
A Recipe That Will Go Down in History
These surreal recipes have just as much of a mystical history. A couple of years ago, the owner of the bakehouse, Steve Lewis, bought what he thought was a vintage cookbook from the Victorian era. But he found tiny notes in the margins, and realized that he had bought the cookbook of a boy from 1898 who wanted to become a baker. In the back of the book, Lewis saw the name “Gideon” written in the same handwriting, and thus Gideon’s Bakehouse was born. To honor the time in which the boy would have lived, the theme of the Bakehouse is built around the Victoria era, with steampunk-esque and occult-style aesthetics adorning the bookshop turned bakehouse.
Victorian Dreams Coming Alive in Disney Springs
Originally, Gideon’s Bakehouse opened shop in October 2016 at East End Market, about 40 minutes from Disney. Some notable awards they’ve received since then include
“Best Place in the World to get Cookies” from The Boston Globe, #1 on the 9 Best Things to do in Orlando from Elite Daily, and other accolades from Tripadvisor, The New York Times, USA Today and more. Last year in June the Bakehouse announced its first Flagship location in Disney Springs, and although they had to close shortly after their soft holiday opening, Gideon’s Bakeshop is fully open now!
What You Should Know Before You Go
Their hours are 10AM-10PM (or until sell out)! Here’s a quick list of how you can prepare before your visit:
- They have a 6 cookie per person limit so that more people can try special edition cookies. Choose wisely!
- The later you arrive the lesser the options. Keep in mind that the cookies are available for takeout but not shipping, so the earlier you get in line, the better chance you have at tasting their limited edition flavors!
If you have to wait a few months for your Disney vacation but can’t wait for the cookies, check out this copycat recipe! It won’t be exactly the same and lets face it, way more dishes to do but it may help hold you over!
Tell us which cookie flavor you are ready to try!