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21 Essential Cookie Destinations in Los Angeles

Classic chocolate chip, French macarons, and Chinese almond

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Chocolate cookies with peppermint buttercream at Cake Monkey.
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Cookies can seem like simple creations at first, but scratch beneath the surface to find some serious complexity. While everyone has strong opinions on what constitutes the ‘perfect’ specimen, nailing the ideal texture, size, and composition is definitely harder than it looks. From an iconic bakery in Chinatown to an eye-popping patisserie in Downtown, here now are the 21 best places to score a killer cookie in Los Angeles.

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Little Flower

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Here at this cozy cafe on the edge of Pasadena, pastry chef Christine Moore’s team makes plush marshmallows, silky caramels, and superb cookies that come in classic flavors like ginger molasses and chocolate chip.

Proof Bakery

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With its slightly crisp edges and tender interior chock-full of dark chocolate discs, Proof’s chocolate chip cookie is arguably Los Angeles’s best. A sprinkling of sea salt adds the perfect balance to reel in the chocolate’s sweetness.

Friends & Family

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It’s little surprise that some of LA’s best cookies are found at pastry chef Roxana Jullapat’s Thai Town bakery Friends & Family. The rye chocolate chip impresses with its complex and buttery profile, while the pig-shaped graham cracker is always a hit with little ones.

Stella Barra Pizzeria

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The cookies at this pizzeria are as stellar as the pizzas. Flavors include apple oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and snickerdoodle, but the chocolate chip sea salt bests them all.

Yang's Kitchen

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Come into Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra for some of the best cookies in town. The chocolate chip is made using Grist & Toll whole wheat flour, organic butter, and 72 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, while the oatmeal raisin cookie comes with rolled oats, Tahitian vanilla, and the plumpest raisins around.

Deluscious Cookies & Milk

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Deluscious’s vegan and gluten-free cookies subvert any tired notions of the textural heights vegan/gluten-free baked goods can reach. Each cookie is thick and chewy but with just enough exterior crisp to make every bite feel layered. Its chocolate chip flavor always hits, as do kicked-up renditions like cinnamon brûlée and chocolate decadence, the latter so rich and densely packed with cocoa that a blind-tester could almost mistake it for a brownie. Aside from its Highland Avenue shop, you can also find Deluscious cookies in Erewhon stores.

All Day Baby

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Chef Thessa Diadem’s sandwich cookies ooze with decadence and nostalgia. While the Fluffer Nutter-inspired one comes stuffed with strawberry jam, the German chocolate tastes like a coconut-kissed Moon Pie. For those who lean toward the classics, the brown butter chocolate chip fits the bill.

Cake Monkey Bakery

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Come into chef Elizabeth Belkind and business partner Lisa Olin’s Cake Monkey for souped-up takes on retro desserts. The Nuff Said cookie brings together dark chocolate, sea salt, marshmallow, and crushed pecans in a delicious homage to rocky road.

Valerie Confections

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Valerie Gordon has a way with desserts, especially when it comes to cookies. The sweet and savory Durango cookie combines a classic chocolate chip with roasted almonds, cocoa nibs, and a flurry of hickory-smoked salt.

The Sycamore Kitchen

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The pastry case at Sycamore Kitchen is lined with incredible baked goods from pastry pro Karen Hatfield and her team. The daily cookie lineup usually includes rice crispy, peanut butterscotch, rye chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, and best of all, oatmeal toffee.

Phoenix Bakery, Inc.

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Phoenix Bakery has been serving the Chinatown community and beyond since opening its doors in 1938. In addition to crowd-pleasing strawberry and whipped cream cakes, the bakery makes wonderfully delicate almond cookies. Buy a dozen or two for a party and soak up the compliments.

Republique

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It’s impossible to resist Margarita Manzke’s delightful array of pastries at Republique that always includes croissants, cakes, doughnuts, and of course, cookies. Though the cookie selection varies from day to day, grab the utterly fantastic chocolate chip or the peanut butter sesame if it’s available.

Milk Jar Cookies

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Milk Jar bakes its wares throughout the day, so getting a warm cookie is likely on every visit. The birthday cake, mint chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, and banana split are the best of the bunch.

Fat & Flour

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While Fat & Flour is best known for its pies, chef Nicole Rucker also bakes up fantastic cookies from her stand inside Grand Central Market. The flavors vary from day to day, but can include chocolate chip oatmeal, vanilla sprinkle, espresso white chocolate, and lemon lavender. And yes, throw in an extra brownie or two for good measure.

Bottega Louie

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Bottega Louie’s signature macarons come in a dozen different flavors and colors including a spot-on birthday cake with rainbow nonpareils and rich espresso that’s sure to perk anyone up. Macarons are available at both the original Downtown location and the newer outlet in West Hollywood.

Petite Peso

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Petite Peso’s polvorones — delicately crumbly shortbread cookies made from firmly pressed flour, sugar, and milk powder — come in flavors like pistachio, creme brûlée, white chocolate macadamia, and peanut butter. All are fantastically balanced and dissolve on one’s tongue in the most pleasant of fashions, so grab a box of five or 25 and dig in.

Cookie Good

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This Santa Monica shop bakes up a slew of fun cookies, including the best-selling caramel-pretzel-chocolate chunk and the intriguing Cheetos cookie that’s cheesy, salty, and sweet.

La Mascota Bakery

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This Boyle Heights institution has been going strong for 65 years. Peruse the pan dulce for an impressive collection of cookies including polvorones de azucar (Mexican wedding), cinnamon polvorones, classic sprinkle, chocolate chip, and raspberry and cream.

It might seem unlikely to find quality cookies at a gas station, but this unassuming location in West LA just south of Beverlywood makes some creative treats worth taking to gatherings. The cookies have a hefty, chewy bite with a just-so crisp edge. The walnut gooie is the one to get.

Lodge Bread Company

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Lodge Bread is better known for its crusty loaves and pizzas, but don’t sleep on the outstanding cookies that include oat poppy ginger, miso chocolate, double chocolate, and coconut. Get the “Everything” cookie, which is made with wheat flour and oats, sweetened with molasses, and brimming with cranberries, coconut, cashews, dates, and dark chocolate.

A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
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ChocoVivo

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Head to this Culver City chocolate specialist for a chocolate chip cookie tasting. The three different recipes include one made with 85 percent cacao, another with coffee and vanilla, and a traditional Mayan blend. Don’t forget to order tall glass of milk to dunk and sip accordingly.

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Little Flower

Here at this cozy cafe on the edge of Pasadena, pastry chef Christine Moore’s team makes plush marshmallows, silky caramels, and superb cookies that come in classic flavors like ginger molasses and chocolate chip.

Proof Bakery

With its slightly crisp edges and tender interior chock-full of dark chocolate discs, Proof’s chocolate chip cookie is arguably Los Angeles’s best. A sprinkling of sea salt adds the perfect balance to reel in the chocolate’s sweetness.

Friends & Family

It’s little surprise that some of LA’s best cookies are found at pastry chef Roxana Jullapat’s Thai Town bakery Friends & Family. The rye chocolate chip impresses with its complex and buttery profile, while the pig-shaped graham cracker is always a hit with little ones.

Stella Barra Pizzeria

The cookies at this pizzeria are as stellar as the pizzas. Flavors include apple oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and snickerdoodle, but the chocolate chip sea salt bests them all.

Yang's Kitchen

Come into Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra for some of the best cookies in town. The chocolate chip is made using Grist & Toll whole wheat flour, organic butter, and 72 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, while the oatmeal raisin cookie comes with rolled oats, Tahitian vanilla, and the plumpest raisins around.

Deluscious Cookies & Milk

Deluscious’s vegan and gluten-free cookies subvert any tired notions of the textural heights vegan/gluten-free baked goods can reach. Each cookie is thick and chewy but with just enough exterior crisp to make every bite feel layered. Its chocolate chip flavor always hits, as do kicked-up renditions like cinnamon brûlée and chocolate decadence, the latter so rich and densely packed with cocoa that a blind-tester could almost mistake it for a brownie. Aside from its Highland Avenue shop, you can also find Deluscious cookies in Erewhon stores.

All Day Baby

Chef Thessa Diadem’s sandwich cookies ooze with decadence and nostalgia. While the Fluffer Nutter-inspired one comes stuffed with strawberry jam, the German chocolate tastes like a coconut-kissed Moon Pie. For those who lean toward the classics, the brown butter chocolate chip fits the bill.

Cake Monkey Bakery

Come into chef Elizabeth Belkind and business partner Lisa Olin’s Cake Monkey for souped-up takes on retro desserts. The Nuff Said cookie brings together dark chocolate, sea salt, marshmallow, and crushed pecans in a delicious homage to rocky road.

Valerie Confections

Valerie Gordon has a way with desserts, especially when it comes to cookies. The sweet and savory Durango cookie combines a classic chocolate chip with roasted almonds, cocoa nibs, and a flurry of hickory-smoked salt.

The Sycamore Kitchen

The pastry case at Sycamore Kitchen is lined with incredible baked goods from pastry pro Karen Hatfield and her team. The daily cookie lineup usually includes rice crispy, peanut butterscotch, rye chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, and best of all, oatmeal toffee.

Phoenix Bakery, Inc.

Phoenix Bakery has been serving the Chinatown community and beyond since opening its doors in 1938. In addition to crowd-pleasing strawberry and whipped cream cakes, the bakery makes wonderfully delicate almond cookies. Buy a dozen or two for a party and soak up the compliments.

Republique

It’s impossible to resist Margarita Manzke’s delightful array of pastries at Republique that always includes croissants, cakes, doughnuts, and of course, cookies. Though the cookie selection varies from day to day, grab the utterly fantastic chocolate chip or the peanut butter sesame if it’s available.

Milk Jar Cookies

Milk Jar bakes its wares throughout the day, so getting a warm cookie is likely on every visit. The birthday cake, mint chocolate, white chocolate raspberry, and banana split are the best of the bunch.

Fat & Flour

While Fat & Flour is best known for its pies, chef Nicole Rucker also bakes up fantastic cookies from her stand inside Grand Central Market. The flavors vary from day to day, but can include chocolate chip oatmeal, vanilla sprinkle, espresso white chocolate, and lemon lavender. And yes, throw in an extra brownie or two for good measure.

Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie’s signature macarons come in a dozen different flavors and colors including a spot-on birthday cake with rainbow nonpareils and rich espresso that’s sure to perk anyone up. Macarons are available at both the original Downtown location and the newer outlet in West Hollywood.

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Petite Peso

Petite Peso’s polvorones — delicately crumbly shortbread cookies made from firmly pressed flour, sugar, and milk powder — come in flavors like pistachio, creme brûlée, white chocolate macadamia, and peanut butter. All are fantastically balanced and dissolve on one’s tongue in the most pleasant of fashions, so grab a box of five or 25 and dig in.

Cookie Good

This Santa Monica shop bakes up a slew of fun cookies, including the best-selling caramel-pretzel-chocolate chunk and the intriguing Cheetos cookie that’s cheesy, salty, and sweet.

La Mascota Bakery

This Boyle Heights institution has been going strong for 65 years. Peruse the pan dulce for an impressive collection of cookies including polvorones de azucar (Mexican wedding), cinnamon polvorones, classic sprinkle, chocolate chip, and raspberry and cream.

Zooies

It might seem unlikely to find quality cookies at a gas station, but this unassuming location in West LA just south of Beverlywood makes some creative treats worth taking to gatherings. The cookies have a hefty, chewy bite with a just-so crisp edge. The walnut gooie is the one to get.

Lodge Bread Company

A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
Lodge Bread Company

Lodge Bread is better known for its crusty loaves and pizzas, but don’t sleep on the outstanding cookies that include oat poppy ginger, miso chocolate, double chocolate, and coconut. Get the “Everything” cookie, which is made with wheat flour and oats, sweetened with molasses, and brimming with cranberries, coconut, cashews, dates, and dark chocolate.

A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
A selection of cookies from Lodge Bread Company in Culver City.
Lodge Bread Company

ChocoVivo

Head to this Culver City chocolate specialist for a chocolate chip cookie tasting. The three different recipes include one made with 85 percent cacao, another with coffee and vanilla, and a traditional Mayan blend. Don’t forget to order tall glass of milk to dunk and sip accordingly.

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