There are a lot of cookies in Los Angeles and we’re sure they all believe that they are the “best cookie in the city.” We made an admittedly bold statement in October that Cookie Good’s Carmel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk cookie was the best in the city and since then have noticed many other sweets believe they are just as rich. Bart’s Bakery proclaims to have “the best” but not in the city: they believe they’ve made the best in the world. Let’s investigate.
Bart’s cookies come from Bart Greenhunt and his wife Judy. He was (and is) a Hollywood baker who accidentally overcooked his cookies once and believed to have stumbled a key to cookie success. The cookies come in a very curious, home made (AKA, home designed) cardboard box with drawings of Bart and Judy and various warnings and disclaimers about how great the cookies are. We were almost more fascinated by these hidden warnings and were on a hunt to find out if we were going to be duped with their being secretly vegan or gluten free or something. (Alas: they are not!)
The inside of the box reveals a gold, air tight cookie package that feels like all the cookies have been broken and includes an operating manual for the cookies in addition to a little booklet on a trip Bart and Judy took to Paris. It’s all so damned home grown cute and represents an over-the-top cookie mania. The cookies themselves? They’re bite sized, tiny, tiny, tiny cookies that taste like a cross between Tate’s Bake Shop and Famous Amos cookies you’d get out of a vending machine. They are crumbly, buttery, tiny, and good. You kind of feel like you should pour milk into the gold bag and drink it all up.
Best cookies in the world? We’re not sure about that. They are good, though. Their tiny size gives them a uniqueness that sets them apart and makes you feel slightly less guilty about eating them since they are small. Yet, as you’ll learn, this just means you’ll eat more than you should. You can pick up Bart’s Bakery’s cookies from their website which also has some special edition cookie and a nuttier version of the original. We found this box at Whole Food’s which was a pleasant surprise.