Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich at Buttercelli Bakeshop
Ever experience love at first sight with a dessert? Your eyes lock, and you know that this sweet could simultaneously be your lifeblood and your downfall, setting in motion a pattern of devotion and dependency? As a life-long devotee of the Little Debbie oatmeal cream pie, as soon as I saw the housemade version ($3.50) at this new Sherman Oaks bakery, I knew I was in trouble. The object of my affection? Two nobbly,rustic oatmeal cookies—moist, chewy, and bursting with raisins—spread thick with ambrosial cream cheese frosting and, for a touch of tangy acidity, a thin layer of apple compote. With one bite, it was bye bye Debbie, hello, Buttercelli.
Cookie Sandwiches from Cookie Sandwich Company
The Cookie Sandwich Company is San Diego based, but since they're sold on our hometown Sweets Truck, we're happy to claim these zaftig beauties ($2.75) for L.A. The cookies themselves hit a fine balance of sweet and salty, with a crunchy outer crust and a soft, pliable interior. The company offers a range of flavors, but the red velvet (right) is a go-to, made with Ghirardelli chocolate, studded with white chocolate chips, and slathered with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Also worth exploring, is the strawberry shortcake—strawberry cream cheese icing sandwiched by two white chocolate chip sugar cookies.
Moving target; 323-393-6788; thesweetstruck.com
Little Next Door Oreo at Little Next Door
The award for best snap in an L.A. sandwich cookie goes to Little Next Door. As you break off a piece to dip in milk (which this cookie so clearly calls for), the dark chocolate wafer, bends, bends, bends, and finally gives with a satisfying crack. The craggy cookies are none too sweet, balancing perfectly with the classic sweet cream frosting. Together they are a truly cheerful treat for an afternoon snack. ($1.50)
Sandwich Cookies at XTreme Desserts
They do sell brownies and bars and the odd unadorned cookie, but this six-month old Studio City bakery is all about the sandwich cookie ($3.25), which it offers in eleven varieties, including a rotating handful of seasonally inspired flavors. All are good—if very sweet—but stand-outs include the apple pie with white chocolate chips (bottom middle) and the peppermint patty (upper right), which has more of a crackly crust than the others, giving way to a creamy frosting center, with just a hint of mint. For those whose preferences run less toward the extremely sweet, the blueberry ginger (bottom right), is the way to go—soft and chewy, almost doughy, with a light crumb topping, this cookie lets the fruit and bite of the ginger sing.
Cookies at Patisserie Eguchi
This French-style bakery in Koreatown offers three kinds of sandwich cookies, each more delicate and dainty than the last. There on the right, langue-de-chat wafers are available in almond or chocolate ($3.75 for 9.) The buttery, paper-thin wafers held together with an equally fine coat of gooey chocolate filling. The longer, almond-encrusted batons marie chaux ($5.25 per pack) are sweet and nutty, like biscotti, but a thousand-times lighter, and spread with that same chocolate icing. Like many sandwich cookies, these are prime for dipping, though I'd recommend forgoing the milk in favor of a nice cup of tea.
Oreos at Milk
It looks a little like an Oreo, and they call it an Oreo, but the chocolate sandwich cookie ($2.50) at Milk is not your standard after school snack. Bigger, messier, and richer, this fancy-pants spin on the childhood classic takes two fudgy fall-apart wafers and spreads a thick smear of luscious, buttery white chocolate cream between them. There's a touch of saltiness to both the cookies and the icing, keeping the treat from descending into treacly territory, but the cookie sandwich is still sweet enough that you may want to have a glass of milk nearby.
Cookies at Susina
The little guys there on the left are buttery and not too sweet, with a sandy, powdery crumb, which serves in great contrast in both flavor and texture to the thick, gooey spackle of chocolate ganache that holds them together. The sliders of cookie sandwiches, you could easily down a handful of these bite-sized minis, but better to have just a couple so as to save room for Susina's other entry in the sweet sandwich game—the Linzer cookie. ($2.00) They're thin and crisp, with a giant picture window in the top cookie, allowing more of the smooth, sticky raspberry jam to shine through. A cup of coffee, one of these, and you're in business.
Li'l Merri from Cake Monkey
Though I'm a fan of many of the whimsical Cake Monkey baked goods available at various markets and gourmet food shops around LA, it's a particularly good day when I happen upon the Li'l Merri. This delicate, thin oatmeal cookie sandwich, with a layer of maple cream frosting inside, is lighter and less overtly decadent than many of the bakery's other treats. But don't be fooled by the outward daintiness or the diminutive name of the Li'l Merri; her base is a spot-on rendition of a rich, crisp sticky-toffee oatmeal cookie, and the buttery vanilla maple cream is good enough that you may be licking the bag lest any remnants go to waste.
At stores throughout L.A.; 877-640-2253; cakemonkey.com
Silvanas at House of Silvanas
Served straight from the freezer to preserve architectural integrity, these rainbow-hued silvanas ($1.00 each), the Filipino answer to the macaron, have a distinct and satisfying snap. But that bit of bite instantly gives way to pleasant chewiness from the spongy cashew meringue wafers that sandwich a spread of sweet, velvety buttercream. The confections, coated with a fine dusting of sweet cookie crumbs, are available in seven flavors, and while all are pretty delicious, I've got a soft spot for the earthy green pandan variety and the fruity strawberry.