Cookies! Santa sent us on a mission to find the best Los Angeles has to offer, and much like his naughty and nice scroll, our list was long. More than 38 suggestions came rolling in, and that was for individual stores, not varieties. It was sugar-shocking. We instantly decided to leave macarons alone, since we figure those rainbow treats merit their own list; and then we went out and started sampling. Cookies are always in season.
What we found out is that the Westside is where the cookies are. As far as we traveled, the siren song of perfectly balanced sugar, butter and flour kept luring us towards the ocean. Each of the cookies listed below is locally made, fresh baked and available to order for all of your holiday cookie-gifting or snacking needs. If you feel like we deserve some of that love, well, you know where you can find us...
10. Diddy Riese:
Since 1983 Diddy Riese has been baking masses upon masses of cookies in Westwood. In all that time, the quality has not diminished and neither have the long, but thankfully swift lines. There are ten soft and very sweet cookies to choose from, none better than the basic chocolate chip. Three for $1; cash only and you can order online. 926 Broxton Avenue, Westwood; (310) 208-0448.
We have no idea what makes these famous, but we do know that the super thin biscotti are quite good. The original version is heavy with nuts, dipped in chocolate and much too easy to eat. Available at Chef's Inc, in West L.A. and online. Make sure to check out their cookie-of-the-month club.10955 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles; (310) 470-2277.
Proof makes so many great baked goods, their humble salted chocolate chip cookies may get overlooked. Crispy and chewy, the thin cookies -- like most items at Proof -- sell out, so make sure to call ahead. The almond meringues they make are equally good and a decent substitute if your first choice is gone. 3156 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles; (323) 664-8633.
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