Cookies We Love: Macarons at 'lette Macarons, Los Angeles

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

While macarons may be an elusive treat in many cities across the country, in Los Angeles, there has been a population boom. One of the foremost places to sample the airy French cookie is 'lette, a boutique with five locations in LA that sells macarons—and only macarons. I stopped by the original outpost in Beverly Hills, where 14 flavors of chic and cheery macarons were laid out like a giant cookie rainbow.

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left to right: raspberry, rose, pineapple, passion fruit, sweet wedding almond, earl grey tea

You can nab a single macaron for $1.75 each, but it's better to get the box of 6 ($10.50), which allows you to sample almost half of the flavors on offer. Combing through online reviews revealed two front-runners which, had I not heard raves about, I probably would have skipped: sweet wedding almond and earl grey tea. Both were excellent. I also snagged a few tropical fruit flavors (pineapple and passionfruit) along with rose and raspberry.

Each cookie had the same texture: light and airy, with a crisp shell and soft interior. Holding the two halves together is a silky and sweet curd the same flavor as the cookie.

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I'd skip the rose. It was too subdued, and neither the fragrance nor the flavor really registered. The raspberry was the mirror opposite: intense, with a bright, acidic bite. All of the others were worthy of a repeat taste, but for me, the one flavor that will always have priority boarding into that little white box is the passion fruit.

'lette Macarons

5 locations in Los Angeles, full list on lettemacarons.com