Ultrathin and huge Chocolate Chunk at Auntie Em’s Kitchen 2

Auntie Em’s Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd  – L.A. (Eagle Rock)
$2

It has been said that if you put 10 Jews in a room, you’ll hear 11 different opinions.

I might say the same is true for chocolate chip cookie eaters. In other words, it is a highly divisive topic. Some favor thin and crisp, some swear by thick and doughy. Or thin and chewy. Or thick and biscuity. Some dig walnuts or pecans, others say “hell no” to the nuts. Some ccc bakers misguidedly think they’re doing us a great favor by including butterscotch – or possibly worse - white chocolate chips. Ugh and double ugh. The possibilities are endless – more so than with perhaps any other cookie.

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Lemon Meringue Cookie at Proof Bakery 2

Proof Bakery
3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles (Atwater Village)
$2

Before visiting L.A. recently, I had read that a brand new bakery called Proof (opened in December ’10) was making a cookie called a zimsterne. I’d somehow never heard of these, which is surprising because it is a cookie that is completely after my own heart. I have a soft spot for anything almond – particularly almond paste, marzipan or almond flour – the latter being a key player in the zimsterne. Also, I love cinnamon. I was sold – enough so to make the somewhat out-of-the-way drive (from where I was) to Atwater Village (not far from Silverlake).

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Iced Spiced Molasses at Milk 1

Milk
7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
$1

Having surveyed This Cookie over a span of time and on several occasions, I have witnessed its unfailing consistency of awesomeness.  So it is with confidence that I make the following assertion:  Milk makes MY FAVORITE MOLASSES COOKIE.  Ever. Read more »

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