Ah Los Angeles…so many cookies, so many people who don’t eat them. More for us, right? Since we’re already in the thick of holiday cookie season, it’s okay to cut yourself some slack by cutting some corners. Not every gift needs to be homemade, so leave the holiday baking to the professionals and use this list as a roadmap for your cookie adventures. Here are the best spots to find holiday cookies and treats in Los Angeles.
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90036
Holiday cookies abound at Milk Jar and, as a bonus, they offer shipping. Easy peasy. Send ‘em to your folks because, really, they deserve the best.
Crème Caramel LA
14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
Daily specials at this Filipino-inspired bakery include S’mores bars, Salted Caramel Polenta Coffee Cake and more. Mix and match all the delectables and you’ve got yourself a stellar hostess gift.
444 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Use their site to sort by Christmas or Hanukkah and rest assured knowing that you’re savoring the same Chocolate Gingerbread cookie recipe once enjoyed by Elizabeth Taylor. Have these on hand that one neighbor who always stops by in mid-December with her Martha Stewart-inspired baked goods.
Joan’s on Third
8350 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Try to stay on task when you step into this beloved marketplace full of cheese, sandwiches, and all sorts of other treats and remember you came here for one thing: cookies! Or go hog wild on gourmet marshmallows because you totally deserve it.
2128 Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027
Pastry chef Ann Kirk has a festive bundle of treats on tap at the restaurant’s deli, including Snowflake Sugar Cookies. A million thumbs up.
11 West Dayton Street, Old Town Pasadena, CA 91105
Don’t neglect those poor, deprived gluten-free souls during the holiday season. Treat them to vegan Oatmeal Ginger Thins and treat yourself by taking a rest from traffic and ordering online.
3614 West Magnolia Boulevard • Burbank, CA 91505
This is a no-brainer for anybody who’s familiar with the LA bakery landscape. You can’t go wrong with any of their cookies and don’t skip the Christmas cake section. Perfect for your brother, who has such a strong sweet tooth that he polishes off your supply of baker’s chocolate when he’s supposed to be housesitting. Also locations in Downey and Glendale.
545 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
What could possibly be classier than giving your kid’s teachers a box of Madeleines? They also offer seasonal eclairs decorated with Christmas trees and snowflakes. Oui, s’il vous plaît!
3156 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Hands down the best chocolate chip cookies in town. Tie a shiny red bow on the box and give these to your babysitter because you owe her big time.
The Larder at Tavern
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
A festive assortment of Christmas and Hanukkah cookies will be the perfect way to show your gratitude to your pediatrician’s office after your toddler’s last flu shot turned into a scene from The Exorcist.
11918 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
The only wildcard in the bunch, Lodge doesn’t actually have cookies. But their massive cinnamon rolls are heaven on earth and would be a welcome change of pace at any cookie swap.
Superba Food and Bread
1900 S Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90291
These cookie combinations are ridiculously good—think about peanut butter mixed with marshmallows and Rice Krispies—and perfect for your best friend. Who else would you drive to Venice for, anyway?
2448 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Check out the MomsLA review here and build your own box including flavors like Oreo-candy Cane Cookies, Gingerbread Latte Cookies and Hot Cocoa Cookies.Then try not to “test taste” a few before giving them away. Also includes gluten-free options.