Aunt Joy's pleases tongues' sweet zones with 10 kinds of fresh, baked-to-order cookies made with real butter and cream and all-natural extracts. One pound of roundies equates to 14–18 regular-sized cookies or 50–70 mini cookies. Fill mouths equipped to house regular-sized cookies with raspberry shortbread and snickerdoodle, or, for an additional charge, chocolate-dipped oatmeal and chocolate mint. Cookie toddlers, who were forced to lift weights to stunt their growth, include mini butterscotch chip, bite-sized chocolate chip, and mini white-chocolate macadamia nut.
When Hollywood sets need to feed their starlets and staff, they order up a batch of cookies from Snookies Cookies. The bakery has been a Hollywood staple for 30 years, with a specialty in gift baskets of their fresh-baked cookies. Semi-sweet chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin lead the pack, though up to 16 different cookie varieties have been known to come from their ovens. When it comes to putting together those memorable gift baskets, cookies are paired with themed treats such as brownies, microwave popcorn, chips and salsa, or candy. Snookies staff can even throw in a festive balloon or other essentials that make a celebration great, though they still haven't found a way to fit a magician inside.
Sipan Bakery and Cafe's cooks stuff pita bread with falafel balls, hummus, and authentic Lebanese spices and fill crispy boerek pastry crusts with potatoes, meat, and feta cheese. After meals, customers can sweeten palates with baklava morsels and fashion radio-antenna helmets from leftover scraps of tinfoil.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
Two-time winners of the Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge, SugarJones's expert confectioners fill stomachs with dollops of scrumptious desserts. Flaky crusts envelop cinnamon- and caramel-infused apples in each handheld tart, perfectly sized for cooling on car windowsills. Customers can devour made-to-order tarts by way of scheduled pickups or have the savory morsels delivered for an additional fee. Ten take-and-bake varieties let quasi-chefs warm up the treats at home inside the familiar confines of the family’s monogrammed oven.
Karen and her three sons craft Cheesecake Company's 120 flavors of cheesecakes in mini-cup and sharable portions using fresh, local ingredients and a made-from-scratch approach. Appease lovers of desserts with miniature cakes shaped into bite-size masterpieces in flavors such as black-forest vanilla and caramel pecan turtle vanilla. Mini cheesecakes with no added sugar fit neatly into mouths bringing flavor tidings of pumpkin, chocolate fudge, and lemon basil. Ten-inch cheesecakes fill bellies with classic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, espresso, and red velvet—a slab of vanilla cheesecake caught in a hug between red velvet cakes, topped with cream-cheese frosting that’s as velvety as a Bing Crosby record in a velour jacket. Pacific Cheesecake Company is actively involved in the community, and is a loyal partner with a handful of charities.