Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cookie Casa Bakery

Los Angeles, CA. I've heard of Cookie Casa before, but why? Cookie Casa may have snuck its way into your hands too in the last few years, but not by way of a typical store pick-up. This bake-to-order bakery only recently extended its doors into a modest storefront, welcoming patrons of cookies and sweet treats alike. Good thing too, because when I want a cookie, I want a cookie in that moment. A big thanks to the friend who convinced me to give the storefront a go: cookies are now a near-weekly staple!

If there's a line, don't worry, it's dessert so it moves quickly. Also, the space can comfortably accommodate maybe three to four people. Please try not to loudly stake claim on the cookies that a person in front of you is 'stealing' away - they do make more, and in another 8-20 minutes, you can get a fresh one! Be patient. A display case facing the door houses the bars, cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and cookie sandwiches. A few pedestals behind the register have a surplus of cakes and bars, and depending on the day, large jars hold even more!

Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
Cupcakes? Yes cupcakes, like Lemon, 'Crack', Carrot, and Red Velvet, are presented in the case and among them sits a Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake Muffin. Large morsels of chocolate chips are baked into a crumb cake suitable for a coffee dip. The cake is as traditional as they come with a crumble of oats and flour baked into its muffin top. Better-served warm to pull out some of the moisture if the plan is to eat as-is. A few cakes also line the display, so guess what comes next?

Banana Cake

Cake? I do love myself a slice of cake. Admittedly, I'm not a lover of Red Velvet, Lemon, or Chocolate Cake but I can appreciate. My eyes drifted to their Banana Cake, which the cashier wholeheartedly supported. Frosted like a potluck-style pan-cake, the down-home treat was surprisingly light, so I'll pretend the calories mirrored the thought. The frosting was good, but almost unnecessary, aside from serving an aesthetic purpose. Their Peanut Butter, Carrot, and Vanilla Cakes are next on my 'to try' list.

Pecan Shortbread Square

Bars? There's something called a 'Crack' bar (a concoction of chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate), variations of brownies, blondies, lemon bars and what looked like a squared off slice of Pecan Pie. Yes, they also make pie, though this wasn't that. This was a lot easier to eat, similarly sticky and sweet, and rested on a crunchy shortbread crust. I meant to share it with a friend of mine, though I couldn't wait that long. I gave him a Molasses Sandwich Cookie instead. the Cookies? At Cookie Casa Bakery, the Chocolate Chip Cookies have the solid edges and chewy center that I seek when looking for a freshly-baked cookie (pictured above). Through I appreciate crunchy cookies, when I don't have a tall glass of cold milk I miss this soft version. It IS a highly popular cookie and towards the later afternoon, the shop may run scarce with the demand. Their Oatmeal Raisin or Molasses Ginger cookies are popular substitutes, offering a chewy bite and uniquely separate tastes and textures. Cookie choices range from traditional expectations to integrating a variety of chocolate, chocolate chunks, peanut butter, lemon, and nuts. My method? I work through each one until I find my favorite.

Really want a cookie or bar? Planning a party and need a cake? Cookie Casa Bakery makes for a better alternative to a well-deserved afternoon snack or those last-minute grocery store bakery aisles. They make it even easier by supporting online-ordering for the larger shin-digs. When stopping in, it's usually nice to grab a couple morsels for your friends and another for yourself later. You'll be glad you did!

Cookie Casa Bakery
8116 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 922-6396

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