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(credit: Susie Cakes)
Cookies are the perfect handheld, pocket-sized heavenly snack that should be awarded its own food group. From chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin to shortbread to double-stuffs and all the flavors and types in between, cookies are hard to resist. And if you live in Los Angeles, no matter where you are, there’s a fresh batch of cookies out there whispering your name. But appearances can be deceiving and not all cookies are worth the calorie intake. But if you’re going to splurge, you should make it worth it. Check out these places for the best cookies in LA.
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(credit: proof bakery)


Ginger Molasses Cookie
Proof Bakery
3156 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
www.proofbakeryla.com

This little Atwater Village bakery is a local favorite and the line is often out the door. Between the cakes and tarts, the delicious quiches and sandwich specials and, of course, the cookies, it’s no wonder Proof Bakery is at the top of the list. You can find an old favorite or perhaps a new favorite cookie among ginger molasses, lemon verbena shortbread, chocolate chip, pb&j, oatmeal currant or coconut shortbread to name a few. The specials change and new cookies are always being created.

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(credit: MSPhotographic/shutterstock)


The Classic: Assorted Cookies
Jackie’s Cookie Connection
12109 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 426-8069
www.jackiescookieconnection.com

The sweet aroma may draw you in from the street, but the array of cookies will make you empty your wallet, and happily. Whether you’re treating the office staff, picking them up as a gift or plan on keeping them all to yourself, Jackie’s Cookie Connection will hook you up with the goods. From sugar cookies to sugar cookies with M&M’s, chocolate chip, peanut butter, blueberry chocolate chip or any of the other traditional favorites, you’ll find them here. Prepared and baked in a Kosher kitchen, there are also gluten-free and vegan options. Their Classic option features a dozen cookies that will make your mouth water as you open the box. You can select from 8 traditional varieties like peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, sugar cookies and many more.

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(credit: Jay B./yelp)


Assorted Macarons
Bottega Louie
700 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
www.bottegalouie.com

You can’t have a list of where to get the best cookies without having Bottega Louie on it. Of course, at this high-end bakery they’re not called cookies, they’re called macaroons. And boy are they good. A little pricey but definitely worth it. Whether you choose them to color coordinate with your outfit or for the flavor (espresso, violet cassis, mango, earl gray, coconut, pistachio, vanilla, strawberry and others) people will know what they are and will be jealous of you. Delicious from the first bite to the last you won’t want to share.

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(credit: Milk Jar/Two Lee Photography)


Banana Split Cookie
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9800
www.milkjarcookies.com

Another must have on any cookie destination is Milk Jar Cookies. The banana split cookie alone is worth the trip no matter where you’re coming from. The other contenders like mint chocolate, chocolate chip oatmeal, rocky road, macadamia nut, chocolate pecan caramel and the seasonal pumpkin pie cookies are even better than they sound. A box of assorted Milk Jar Cookies makes a great gift for any occasion. Knock one back with a glass of milk or a cup of java, or add a scoop of ice cream between two of them and you’ll be on cloud nine.

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(Credit: Cookie Casa)


Chocolate Chip Cookie
Cookie Casa Bakery
8116 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 922-6396
www.cookiecasa.com

The cookie list at Cookie Casa Bakery is long, and decisions will be tough. But, no matter what you order, you’ll be guaranteed to be delighted. From chocolate chip macaroons to red velvet crackle to oatmeal butterscotch, there’s something for everyone. There are also cakes, bars, pies, cupcakes, scones and muffins that will make your taste buds sing the yummy song. The cookies start at $2 a pop, but are well worth the price tag. There’s a slight price break when you buy a dozen cookies, which makes it a good deal because they’ll disappear fast.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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