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Black & Whites/Half Moons

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I'm looking for a bakery in LA that makes great half moon cookies (aka black & whites) just like the ones I grew up eating in NY. I need to place willing to do them in custom colors as well.

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  1. You can get decent ones at Gelson's/Mayfair.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I have not tasted the Gelson's/Mayfair black & whites, but I did notice just yesterday that they were selling black & green's for St. Patrick's Day. I bet they would make you custom ones with your colors.

      This was at the Silverlake location on Hyperion.

    2. Brent's Deli in Northridge. I'm not sure about the custom colors but you can call them. Great cookies!

      1. Bea's Bakery in Tarzana has the best ones in LA.

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        1. re: Eric

          I heartily agree. I love Black and White Cookies and have tried many, including Jerry's, Art's and Fromen's. Bea's wins hands down, the others aren't in the same league.

          1. re: MattS

            By the way Art's Deli buys their Black and Whites from Bea's in Tarzana!!!

        2. If for some crazy reason, you want healthy ones, Mani's Bakery has them (no sugar and low fat or something like that).

          1. Jerry's Deli usually has Black & White cookies.

            1. I like the huge black & whites at Junior's.

              1. As I recall, the "black" is chocolate icing, yes?

                If so the custom colors would be either black and [insert color here] or two different colors of vanilla icing.

                If a bakery makes them on the premeses and you're ordering at least several, I don't see why they wouldn't be happy to make the icing any color(s) you want!

                1. I haven't found any that approach top NY b/ws but have made very satisfying ones from Zabar's recipe in Molly O'Neill's NY Cookbook. I seem to recall there's a prohibition against posting recipes (copyright?) or would repeat here.

                  1. Beverlywood Bakery on Pico I believe has great most things.
                    As a side note, I love their cinnamon pastries... they're not rolls but kind of look like a croissant in shape, but they're not like croissants in texture... you might recognize them by sight. Eat one for me.

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                    1. re: Emme

                      l second the Beverlywood nomination, everything they make is pretty darn good, l stop regularly for the big chinese cookies with the chocolate drop, the mandelbrot, the rye bread, the russian coffee cake,and the cheese danish.

                    2. Would like to find black and white cookies (known as half moons at a bakery in New Hampshire. Would consider having them mailed. Does anyone know of such a bakery.

                      1. I'm shocked nobody has mentioned the #1 spot for half moon cookies. Being Jewish myself word travels about BEE'S BAKERY in Encino.

                        Trust me on this and report back after that first bite.



                        1. Try Canter's bakery on Fairfax, they have them.

                          1. Canter's has good ones too..