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Chocolate chip cookes from Claudine
Chocolate chip cookes from Claudine
Crystal Coser

A Handy Guide to LA's Best Cookies, Sweets Week Edition

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Chocolate chip cookes from Claudine
| Crystal Coser

Is there a more satisfying dessert out there than the simple cookie? Perhaps it's the nostalgia that makes them so near and dear to our hearts, but it's hard to argue with a tray of the sweet treats, especially when served with an ice cold glass of milk. Thankfully for cookie fiends out there, Los Angeles has a plethora of outstanding cookie options, from the classic chocolate chip, to more cheffed up varieties with flavors like s'mores and even Cheetos.

From fancy French bakeries to Hollywood pizzerias, here are the 20 best places in Los Angeles to score the perfect cookie.

Added: Claudine, Valerie Confections, The Larder at Tavern, Diddy Riese

Removed: Short Cake, The Misfit

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Valerie Confections

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There are few better examples of the magical synergy that happens in desserts when sweet meets savory than Valerie Confections' Durango cookies. A milk chocolate chip cookie is taken to new heights with the addition of roasted almonds, cocoa nibs, and a flurry of Durango hickory smoked salt for cookie that will have you hankering for more.

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Diddy Riese

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An honorable mention should be given to Diddy Riese, the Westwood icon known for its cheap-as-hell cookie ice cream sandwiches. After all, where else can you get a dozen of freshly baked cookies for $4.50?

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Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop

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Claudine has quickly become a beloved go-to for light bites and kid-friendly baked goods in the Valley, but we won't tell if you sneak a few of the bite-sized chocolate chip cookies for yourself.

The Larder at Tavern

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You know you can probably do no wrong when selecting from The Larder's pastry case. That holds true for the cookies that come in classic varieties like snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin.

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Proof Bakery

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The quintessential simple chocolate chip cookie, the version at this cheerful Atwater Village bakery has everything you want, with slightly crisp edges, a melty interior with large pieces of dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of sea salt to balance it out.

Milk Jar Cookies

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Possibly the best fresh cookies in town, Milk Jar tends to bake their samples through the day, so that you're always going to get something just a little bit warm. The varieties are also endless, though the birthday cake, mint chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, and banana split stand out.

Stella Barra Pizzeria

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This Hollywood (and Santa Monica) pizzeria also has some impressive cookies, such as the sea salt chocolate chip cookies that just the right balance of chewy and crispy. The ones with rice krispy treats on top are nothing less than irresistible.

Erin McKenna's Bakery

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Formerly known as BabyCakes NYC, this Swiss Army knife bakery has everything from cupcakes to donuts, though the cookies are equally impressive. Try the double chocolate chip or the ginger snap for something different. Oh, and you might not even know that the cookies are vegan and gluten-free.

Cookie Good

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This versatile cookie shop in Santa Monica has some crazy renditions, such as s'mores, chocolate chip brownie chunk, and even the zany Cheetos, though the pretzel-topped caramel chocolate chunk could win you a few hundred new Instagram followers.

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Bouchon Bakery

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Thomas Keller's bakery is always going to have a solid stable of reliably good pastries and sweets. While the Thomas Keller Oreo is a new classic, the chocolate chunk and better nutter (a take on the nutter butter of your youth) will be sure to impress anyone with a sweets craving.

The COOLHAUS Shop

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Ice cream sandwich purveyor Coolhaus doesn't just get creative with their ice cream, they innovate with their cookies as well, including cocoa pebbles, maple flapjack, peanut butter captain crunch, and red velvet. Just know that while the menu is expansive, the scoop shop tends to have 6-9 types of cookies at any given time.

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Michael Voltaggio's enduring sandwich shop in West Hollywood has just two kinds of cookies, but they're just about perfect. The first is a spicy Mexican chocolate cookie that has a real kick, but the Oreo cookie cookie, which gets an infusion of America's favorite sweet, is the one to beat.

The Sycamore Kitchen

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It's no surprise that Sycamore Kitchen whips up some phenomenal cookies. They offer a variety of cookies on any given day, from oddballs such as rosemary sugar cookies and pistachio shortbread cookies to the classics such as chocolate chip rye and chocolate hazelnut fudge. All of the cookies have a fantastic consistency, chewy interior, and crunchy exterior. The cookies are baked throughout the day to ensure freshness and availability. —Na'ama Landau

Paper Or Plastik Cafe

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This Mid-City cafe is a true oasis in this part of town, offering everything from quality coffee to a seasonal selection of savory dishes. The ginger molasses cookie is a particular standout in the sweets section.

M Street Kitchen

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These massive cookies, which are practically as big as your face, are baked in house throughout the day to ensure freshness. The chocolate ship with banana is a stunner, as well as as the chocolate walnut, which is actually gluten-free.

ChocoVivo

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This Culver City chocolate specialist is sure to use some of the finest, directly procured cacao in town. The cookies come in three varieties: 85% cacao, coffee and vanilla, and a traditional Mayan blend. Don't miss out on the milk pairings either, which can come with either hazelnut or brown rice milk if you're lactose intolerant.

République

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Margarita Manzke has a near-textbook array of pastries and breads at this all-day eatery in Mid-City. The cookies are no exception with a fantastic chocolate chip cookie as the centerpiece, though the peanut butter sesame cookie gives a nutty alternative to the tried and true classic.

Yup, you're probably going to have to wait to get your sweet fix here, but brave the lines that are largely thanks to Milk's Instagram-friendly macaron ice cream sandwiches, and be rewarded with things like ooey gooey double chocolate cookies with three different types of chocolate.

Olive & Thyme

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The super-thin cookies at Olive & Thyme have a really nice butter and sugar content that gives them an overall chewiness, with some slight crispness on the edge. It's the ideal treat to have after lunch or dinner at this bright Toluca Lake eatery.

Bottega Louie

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This grand Downtown restaurant has just about everything for every one. Of course, the macarons are the main draw for sweets lovers, but the cookies, which come out as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, shortbread-style butter, and gluten-free chocolate chew, will be sure to give you the sugar high you need to get through the afternoon at the office.

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Valerie Confections

Valerie Confections

There are few better examples of the magical synergy that happens in desserts when sweet meets savory than Valerie Confections' Durango cookies. A milk chocolate chip cookie is taken to new heights with the addition of roasted almonds, cocoa nibs, and a flurry of Durango hickory smoked salt for cookie that will have you hankering for more.

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Diddy Riese

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An honorable mention should be given to Diddy Riese, the Westwood icon known for its cheap-as-hell cookie ice cream sandwiches. After all, where else can you get a dozen of freshly baked cookies for $4.50?

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Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop

Claudine has quickly become a beloved go-to for light bites and kid-friendly baked goods in the Valley, but we won't tell if you sneak a few of the bite-sized chocolate chip cookies for yourself.

The Larder at Tavern

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You know you can probably do no wrong when selecting from The Larder's pastry case. That holds true for the cookies that come in classic varieties like snickerdoodle and oatmeal raisin.

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Proof Bakery

The quintessential simple chocolate chip cookie, the version at this cheerful Atwater Village bakery has everything you want, with slightly crisp edges, a melty interior with large pieces of dark chocolate, and a sprinkling of sea salt to balance it out.

Milk Jar Cookies

Possibly the best fresh cookies in town, Milk Jar tends to bake their samples through the day, so that you're always going to get something just a little bit warm. The varieties are also endless, though the birthday cake, mint chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, and banana split stand out.

Stella Barra Pizzeria

This Hollywood (and Santa Monica) pizzeria also has some impressive cookies, such as the sea salt chocolate chip cookies that just the right balance of chewy and crispy. The ones with rice krispy treats on top are nothing less than irresistible.

Erin McKenna's Bakery

Formerly known as BabyCakes NYC, this Swiss Army knife bakery has everything from cupcakes to donuts, though the cookies are equally impressive. Try the double chocolate chip or the ginger snap for something different. Oh, and you might not even know that the cookies are vegan and gluten-free.

Cookie Good

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This versatile cookie shop in Santa Monica has some crazy renditions, such as s'mores, chocolate chip brownie chunk, and even the zany Cheetos, though the pretzel-topped caramel chocolate chunk could win you a few hundred new Instagram followers.

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Bouchon Bakery

Thomas Keller's bakery is always going to have a solid stable of reliably good pastries and sweets. While the Thomas Keller Oreo is a new classic, the chocolate chunk and better nutter (a take on the nutter butter of your youth) will be sure to impress anyone with a sweets craving.

The COOLHAUS Shop

Ice cream sandwich purveyor Coolhaus doesn't just get creative with their ice cream, they innovate with their cookies as well, including cocoa pebbles, maple flapjack, peanut butter captain crunch, and red velvet. Just know that while the menu is expansive, the scoop shop tends to have 6-9 types of cookies at any given time.