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Susina Cookies

aliris Oct 5, 2007 09:44 AM

OMGMGMGMG, On the suggestion of hounds fed up with SLJ, I went to Susina's yesterday. I wasn't in the mood for cake, which didn't actually strike me as looking all that good (I wasn't hungry when I arrived and I'd just OD'd on a cake I made a couple days ago), so opted instead for a pound of teensy weensy cookies. I didn't ask the price. Good thing I didn't or I might have chickened out. In fact, these are the BEST such cookies I have ever had anywhere. And I love these little finger cookies; don't know what they're actually called, and am rather picky about them. Again, these are IMO fantastic. Delicious, interesting, not too sweet, tasty, small enough that you can have many, many to try the assortment without getting stuffed; all different from one another. Even tiny you can easily eat more than is good for you, though. The price, $20/lb is steep but what is the cost of infinite pleasure?!

I think I have discovered my "native food" present to bring as a house guest when traveling. Not sure whether they'll hold up to too much bouncing though, but it's certainly worth a try. These were mind-bogglingly delicious.

Susina is located in the first block west of La Brea along the south side of Beverly.

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    bite bite RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 10:03 AM

    Agree -- the first bakery here that actually got Mr. Bite-Bite to stop grumbling about the lack of delicious NY-style little cookies.

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      AquaW RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 10:17 AM

      I, too, love Susina's deceptively small cookies -- "Oh, one more mini cookie won't hurt much.... hey, how'd half the box disappear?"

      And yet, I always let them talk me into buying more than I'm supposed to ... "Only a pound? How about a little more, that way you can try one of everything!"

      The fact that I also love their cakes, tarts & breakfast pastries isn't doing my waistline any wonders either. -_-


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        Dave and Stuff RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 11:44 AM

        Agreed...we ordered several hundred of Susina's cookies for our wedding, and couldn't believe how delicious they were...we got more compliments on the cookies than on our wedding cake!

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          hrhboo RE: Dave and Stuff Oct 5, 2007 11:46 AM

          What kind of cookies are they? I checked the website and it said "Italian cookie assortment", can anyone elaborate on the different varieties?

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            AquaW RE: hrhboo Oct 5, 2007 01:00 PM

            They have about 30 varieties - each are 1-2 bites worth. Most of them are buttery cookies with various fruit jams, nuts and chocolates. Hard to describe but easy to recommend! :)


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              hrhboo RE: AquaW Oct 5, 2007 01:05 PM

              That helps, thanks!

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                aliris RE: AquaW Oct 5, 2007 02:13 PM

                Couldn't possibly have done better myself. There are little piped white things with chocolate on the end and brown things that are chewy with an almond flavor -- heavily almondy but just great anyway (almond extract is not one of my favs but it really works here with being so chewy) and striped white/choc cookies and the sorts with white cookie-choc + chopped pistas .... etc. There are so many of them, and the thing is, tiny as they are, they is each terrifically flavorful. Worth a visit -- I would and will drive 45 minutes for these little things alone.

                Getting little boxes of them as wedding favors sounds like such a great idea I might have to get married again. But to whom second time around? I could use a change...

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            dzyalo RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 04:02 PM

            did i get cookies on the wrong day? everybody says theyre so delicious. last june, i got a pound of the italian assortment. the cookies all had some kind of weird freezer flavour. did i get a bad batch? i never planned to go back because of that batch...

            1. Emme RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 08:12 PM

              are any of these in there?








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                Francesca RE: Emme Oct 5, 2007 11:23 PM


                Is the first thread a store in LA - cookies from italy? If so, where is it? Must have those cookies!


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                  Emme RE: Francesca Oct 5, 2007 11:55 PM

                  Cookies from Italy http://www.cookiesfromitaly.com/ is an online purveyor
                  Mozzicato Bakery is in Hartford, CT, but you can buy them online http://www.mozzicatobakery.com/store.asp
                  Sorry to be a food porn tease ;)

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                    Francesca RE: Emme Oct 6, 2007 10:19 AM

                    Thanks for the info. :)

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                  aliris RE: Emme Oct 5, 2007 11:24 PM

                  Some from #3 some from #4 some from the last -- all way teensier than these. Several amaretti from #2.

                  Don't know about the bad "freezer-batch". I'd say it's worth another try. And I'm just cheap enough to say it's especially worth another try if you were to, say, give them a phone call and explain your dilemma and just see whether they might be willing to let you have a few to taste for improvement?!

                  Because that earlier reviewer is sure right about those deceptively small little things just slipping away before ever you knew it!

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                    bulavinaka RE: aliris Oct 6, 2007 11:39 AM

                    The folks at Susina are very cordial and this place exudes love in their products. I couldn't see why they wouldn't show a little "sympathy" to Dzyalo if the approach was right...

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                  bulavinaka RE: aliris Oct 5, 2007 09:18 PM

                  I've never gotten past their cakes as I never was attracted to those little cookies:( I'll have to sample them next time...

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                    bsquared2 RE: aliris Oct 6, 2007 08:47 AM

                    They actually have their cookies at the ArcLight now. I had a really crazy Chocolate Macaroon the other day.

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