"Me want cookie!" says the Cookie Monster, and what better way to celebrate one of his two birthdays than with our favorite Los Angeles cookies?
But first, let's take a look back at how the Cookie Monster came to be. In 1966, the Cookie Monster was created by Jim Henson, but he was known as the Wheel Stealer. The Wheel Stealer as one of three characters in an unaired commercial.
Two years later, the Cookie Monster reemerged in the form we know now. He was played by Frank Oz, who's birthday is also May 25th. Oz is also known for playing Miss Piggy, Bert and Grover. The Cookie Monster celebrates his birthday on Frank Oz's birthday, May 25, as well as his own personal birthday which is November 2. Check back then, maybe our list of best LA cookies will have changed!
In honor of the Cookie Monster, we present the 10 best cookies in Los Angeles:
The Larder at Maple Drive
<strong>Why:</strong> The Larder at Maple Drive is everyone's secret spot. If you haven't been there before, it's hard to find but worth the hunt. Pistachio cookies, chocolate chip cookies and snicker doodles are just the beginning. Don't hesitate to enjoy with a fresh brewed cup of coffee, either. <em>245 N Maple Dr, Beverly Hills, California 90210 (310) 248-3779</em>
<strong>Why:</strong> We came across Beachy Cream after asking someone where they'd gotten the amazing looking ice cream sandwich they were eating. After that, we were hooked. Organic through-and-through, Beachy Cream is a true LA treat. <em>1209 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 656-4999</em>
<strong>Why:</strong> Dietary restrictions shouldn't restrict desserts. BabyCakes takes the cake for accommodating allergies, health issues and natural ingredients. Not only will you not taste the difference, but you'll also feel a little better knowing that agave is the sweetener du jour. <em>236 North Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004 or 130 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014</em>
Clementine Bakery & Cafe
<strong>Why:</strong> Clementine has made almost every "Best of" list from Arnold Palmers to grilled cheese sandwiches -- but we think the bakery outweighs the cafe. Not to mention, the cookies are as nice to looks at as they are to eat. <em>1751 Ensley Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 552-1080</em>
<strong>Why: </strong>If you grew up in West Los Angeles, chances are Diddy Riese played a large part in your childhood. Each cookie costs $0.35 and ice cream sandwiches are $1.75 -- it's a no fuss, always happy experience. <em>926 Broxton Avenue Westwood, CA 90024 (310) 208-0448</em>
<strong>Why: </strong>There isn't a week-night that goes by when the line to get into Milk isn't out the door. Trust us, there is a reason. The Molasses, Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip and the Snicker doodle are <em>just a few</em> of the highlights. <em>7290 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 939-6455</em>
Joan's On Third
<strong>Why: </strong>Joan's isn't just known for the divine Chinese Chicken Salad, scallion pancakes and burrata with prosciutto. The 3rd street culinary hotspot is also known for it's indulgent and chewy cookies. <em>8350 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 655-2285</em>
Aurelie: The Cookie Guru
Why: Aurelie, The Cookie Guru is set on classic dessert treats. No custom cookies here, we're talking plain ol' chocolate chip. She does however, pair her cookies with flavored milk -- just like a wine tasting menu at a fine dining restaurant. <em>395 Santa Monica Place Suite 347, Santa Monica, CA (310) 882 5036</em>
<strong>Why:</strong> The Coolhaus truck is like a mirage in the desert -- and we always follow after it. You're guaranteed to find these delicious ice cream sandwiches at some of our favorite LA events like Eat|See|Hear and at the Yamashiro Farmers Market. <em>Various locations</em>
<strong>Why:</strong> <a href="http://delusciouscookies.com/" target="_hplink">DeLuscious Cookies'</a> presentation of assorted cookies (paired with a glass bottle of milk) is just about the best thing one could have delivered. This company could single-handedly put flower shops out of business. <em>829 1/2 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA (323) 460-2370</em>