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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Valerie Confections

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3360 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 739-8149
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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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2. Diddy Riese

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926 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-0448
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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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3. Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop

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16350 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 616-3838

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.

4. The Larder at Tavern

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11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 806-6460
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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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5. Proof Bakery

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3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
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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.

6. Milk Jar Cookies

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5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9800
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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.

7. Stella Barra Pizzeria

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6372 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 301-4001
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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.

8. Erin McKenna's Bakery

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236 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(855) 462-2292
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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.

9. Cookie Good

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2448 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 280-4100
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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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10. Bouchon Bakery

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone number (310) 271-9910
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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.

11. The COOLHAUS Shop

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8588 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 424-5559
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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.

12. ink.sack

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8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-7225
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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.

13. The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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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

14. Paper Or Plastik Cafe

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5772 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 935-0268
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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.

15. M Street Kitchen

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2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 396-9145
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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.

16. ChocoVivo

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12469 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066
(310) 845-6259
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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.

17. République

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624 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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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.

18. Milk

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7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-6455
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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.

19. Olive & Thyme

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3821 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91505
(818) 557-1560
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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.

20. Bottega Louie

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700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
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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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1. Valerie Confections

3360 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
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.

3360 W 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90004

2. Diddy Riese

926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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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?

926 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

3. Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop

16350 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

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.

16350 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

4. The Larder at Tavern

11648 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Yelp

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.

11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

5. Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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.

3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

6. Milk Jar Cookies

5466 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Stella Barra Pizzeria

6372 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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.

6372 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Erin McKenna's Bakery

236 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

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.

236 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

9. Cookie Good

2448 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Facebok

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.

2448 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

10. Bouchon Bakery

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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.

235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

11. The COOLHAUS Shop

8588 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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.

8588 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

12. ink.sack

8360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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.

8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

13. The Sycamore Kitchen

143 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Paper Or Plastik Cafe

5772 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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.

5772 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019

15. M Street Kitchen

2000 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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.

2000 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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16. ChocoVivo

12469 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

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.

12469 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90066

17. République

624 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

624 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

18. Milk

7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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.

7290 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

19. Olive & Thyme

3821 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91505

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.

3821 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91505

20. Bottega Louie

700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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.

700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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