Thursday, July 25, 2013

Milk Jar Cookies


Los Angeles, CA. Cookies are in the air, seemingly everywhere. Reach up, above your head, you may just take hold of a cookie concoction your taste buds will thank you for. I came across Milk Jar Cookies on a casual stroll along mid-Wilshire Boulevard. I saw a little chalkboard sign when I peered ahead (to be sure I wasn't about to walk into a pedestrian as my eyes focused closely on the little blue dot navigating me to my next errand). Lemon Blueberry as a cookie? This sounds a bit unique. Dare I go in? Well, I'm not one who usually turns down dessert!

true-to-size cookie capture
"How long have you been open?" I asked the cashier, who returned my gaze from the other side of the little display of oversized gems that may or may need milk (tbd). "Just a few months," he said, "anything I can help you with?" I wish, I thought, but this was merely a little stop along my errand-laden path. No Lemon Blueberry for me today. A few weeks later, I asked a few people if they had heard of Milk Jar Cookies and each, through word-of-mouth, either expressed how great the cookies were, or through experience, encouraged me to try for myself.

Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Banana Split Cookies
And so I did. I erred on the traditional side and picked up a freshly-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie, an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, and for something different: a Banana Split...Cookie. Consistently for each: imagine a brown sugar/butter dough, heaping with flavor, and exceeding the standard 'suggested spoonful' before landing on the cookie sheet. In fact, imagine that oversized dough simply making its way into your mouth instead. This was, at least, how I experienced each cookie. Whether it was the Chocolate Chip or Banana Split, it brought me to my favorite part of the cookie eating process: the cookie dough. This time around, however, it was actually cooked first! The flavors hit home in every traditional sense imaginable under the guise of a 'soft' bake, rendering a delectably chewy bite. The texture of the Oatmeal Raisin was near perfection - oats and oats and oats galore.

Banana Split Cookie

On a side note, I can't claim to be familiar enough with a banana split ice cream concoction to understand what goes into it. This version of the cookie was a simple banana + chocolate + strawberry (decoration?) doughy blend. For me, it was a chocolate chip cookie dough meets banana bread, loaded with chips and topped with a tart little strawberry for that ever-reaching flavor note. On this trip, I still didn't get a chance to try the Lemon Blueberry. Sigh.

1/3 of share with a friend

Convinced yet? Willing to add Milk Jar Cookies to your cookie must-try or go-to list? Well, if the standard cookies don't persuade you, they do serve milk (naturally), coffee, make ice cream cookie sandwiches, and offer gluten-free choices for the dessert lovers who usually can't. Another perk? The bakery of these handheld treats remains open well beyond the typical hour on Fridays and Saturdays to an alarming, but appreciated, 11:00pm. I have been back. I will be back. And I will continue to share my little cookie kick with friends...who am I kidding...if I don't eat them all first!

Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9800

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