Along with all the other phenomenal cookies in L.A., Milk Jar bakes fresh, big—not quite as big as a human hand (maybe a very large palm) and super thick—tasty cookies all day long. Their extensive menu features tried-and-true classics as well as creative combinations and seasonal favorites, and their offerings are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and best served warm and gooey. But with so many varieties, how to choose? Well, don’t worry, I tasted every single one so that you don’t have to. And because ’tis the season for cookies and so forth, the rankings to follow can help you decide which ones to bring to that cookie-swap party or else surprise Santa with when he gets to town.
16. Oatmeal Raisin
Although the texture is nice (soft, chewy, crunchy) this oatmeal raisin cookie tastes similar to a granola bar—a very good granola bar. Consider taking it with you on your next hike. It’ll be much more satisfying than one of those dry packaged bars.
15. Chocolate Peanut Butter
The definitive combination: We love that the creamy peanut butter that’s swirled into a chocolate cookie actually tastes nutty and isn’t too sweet, which provides a nice balance.
14. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
The chocolate chips give this cookie that perfect sweetness that the oatmeal raisin was lacking, and so it gets the edge.
13. White Chocolate Macadamia
Another classic flavor, and here the luscious white chocolate and big chunks of macadamia nuts make for great texture, though it isn’t remarkably better than most cookies of its kind.
12. Chocolate Pecan Caramel
This cookie is made with chocolate, pecans, and caramel, and not just any caramel, mind you. No, this cookie has real Rolo candies baked into it. We suggest pairing this with a glass of milk or some coffee—with so much caramel, it can get a little sticky.
11. Rocky Road
A fun surprise! It kind of speaks for itself, but like the ice cream, the rocky road cookie is nutty and chocolate-y, with a gooey marshmallow center. There are lots of textures and yummy flavors to enjoy.
10. Chocolate Chip Walnut
The walnut chunks give this an earthiness, and overall, the sweetness is appropriately mellow.
9. Cinnamon Sugar
This cinnamon sugar cookie was recognized in 2014 as Los Angeles magazine’s Best Snickerdoodle—a very prestigious accolade. And guess what? This cookie still lives up to the hype. The cinnamon-to-sugar ratio is spot-on.
8. Banana Split
Do you get excited when bananas start to turn brown? Do you love banana-flavored baked goods? Do you ever feel compelled to smash your face into a loaf of banana bread? If you answered yes to any of the preceding questions, then you will LOVE the banana split cookie. It’s made with banana dough, butterscotch, chocolate, walnuts, and strawberries. It’s super fragrant and loaded with lots of banana goodness.
7. GF Chocolate Chip
Gluten abstainers can impress their gluten-mad friends by serving them this spinoff of the popular original. When tasted back-to-back, the flavor of the gluten-free cookie doesn’t taste quite as rich as the original, and the texture is a bit grainier, but serve this one warm, and no one will be the wiser.
6. Birthday Cookie
It would’ve been a tasty sugar cookie even without sprinkles, but because Milk Jar doesn’t do “plain,” it’s covered in colorful seasonal dots and called a birthday cookie. This one is pretty and delicious, and it’s a hit with kids too.
5. Chocolate Chip
While the debate for the title of best chocolate chip cookie is a fierce one, because most of them taste similarly delicious, this one will satisfy any textural preference (which was a deciding factor here). It’s both doughy and crispy.
4. Chocolate Chocolate Chip
They doubled down! Somebody should start a petition to get this seasonal flavor on Milk Jar’s permanent menu. It’s pure chocolate indulgence. Made with chocolate dough and chocolate chips, there is just an unholy amount of chocolate, which is just the way I like it.
3. Gluten-Free Peppermint Bark
It’s hard to choose between the gluten-free peppermint bark and the original, because they are virtually identical. There is a slight textural difference, and as with the chocolate chip variety, the gluten-free version isn’t as moist. But the peppermint from the dough and candy canes together with two different kinds of chocolate (milk and white) are as equally flavor-forward here as they are in the original.
2. Peppermint Bark
This seasonal flavor is a very welcome addition to the menu. Think thin mints, but bigger, better, fresher, and more festive. I absolutely love the bright flavors and colors.
1. White Chocolate Raspberry
Shocker, I know! I’m just as surprised as you are that the white chocolate raspberry was the favorite, and I’m not normally a fan of white chocolate. But the tartness really offsets the sweetness here, and the berries add a freshness that is typically found in cake or pie. If you don’t believe it, you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
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