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Black & Whites/Half Moons

Callie Mar 9, 2004 05:57 PM

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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    mc michael RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 06:04 PM

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

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      smogqueen RE: mc michael Mar 9, 2004 08:22 PM

      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.

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      AndieCat RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 06:12 PM

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

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        Eric RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 06:23 PM

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

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          MattS RE: Eric Mar 10, 2004 05:06 PM

          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.

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            Gregory RE: MattS Mar 10, 2004 10:58 PM

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

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          mc michael RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 06:28 PM

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

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            LAgirl RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 06:39 PM

            Jerry's Deli usually has Black & White cookies.

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              PayOrPlay RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 07:01 PM

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

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                Dorothy RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 07:43 PM

                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!

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                  Dbird RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 08:19 PM

                  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.

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                    Emme RE: Callie Mar 9, 2004 09:25 PM

                    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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                      hana RE: Emme Mar 9, 2004 10:19 PM

                      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.

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                      cuddles RE: Callie Jul 9, 2006 07:09 PM

                      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. Hypnotic23 RE: Callie Jul 9, 2006 09:29 PM

                        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.



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                          Francesca RE: Callie Jul 9, 2006 11:50 PM

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

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                            natincali RE: Callie Jul 10, 2006 02:19 AM

                            Canter's has good ones too..

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