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I'm growing really irritated by $3 cookies.

The reason for this is... Mrs. Fields is still damn good for around $1.60. So, here's my question, Chowhounds:

Is there anyone in LA making an excellent chocolate chip cookie for under $3?

I had a good one at Aurelie in Santa Monica place, but it was $3.

I've been to Jamaica's Cakes, Susie Cakes, Vanilla Bake Shop, Essential Chocolate Desserts, Sweet Lady Jane, Patine, and more... and have yet to find a cookie that beats Mrs. Fields for $1.60.

And please spare me any judgment on Mrs. Fields for being corporate / a chain / outdated / etc. Yes, it's all of that... and they still make the best chocolate chip cookie.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

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  1. diddy riese: Cookies are 0.35c ea. For your $1.60 you could have an ice cream sandwich with dryers ice cream and change in your pocket.

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    1. re: AAQjr

      Diddy Riese's cookies are indeed inexpensive (3 for a buck). They don't skimp on the chips and they are big. They also are often warm, with the chips nicely oozy and melty. My main criticism is they are on the soft side. I find they crisp ( or harden) with time in the fridge or freezer.

      1. re: nosh

        $3.75 a dozen.

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        Diddy Riese Cookies
        926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

        1. re: wienermobile

          Thanks for the tip guys, but I'm sorry I have to emphatically disagree about Diddy Riese. I'm not a fan of their cookies at all. They taste cheap to me, are often stale, and lack good chewy texture. Perhaps when you've gotten them re-heated, they're better that way.

          IMHO, those cookies are designed to go with ice cream... not to be good cookies.

          1. re: mikeinla10

            YMMV but they are warm because they are always fresh due to high turn over. But the you are paying for similar quality ingredients at 1/6th the price. Personally I refuse to pay 5$ for 3 cookies, because let's be honest I am not going to eat 1 cookie. If I'm not getting diddy riese I am going to make them at home with good butter, organic sugar good chips or chocolate chunks.

            1. re: mikeinla10

              Don't waste you calories on Diddy Reese.

              1. re: yoyo

                Thank you for your concern! Can I offer to take you to Tito's tacos as a thank you gift ;)

      2. Clementine in Century City has, IMHO, the best cc cookies in LA..I think they're 1.50 or so, but large, at least twice the size of patine

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        1. re: manku

          I really agree. I love Clementine's chocolate chip cookies. They are made exactly the way I like - thin and very chewy without being soft and gets crispy on the edges. The only thing I don't like is how greasy they are, but so so good.

          1. re: waterisgood

            I can tell you this... I will most certainly be making a trip to Clementine's soon. I thank you both for the tip.

            1. re: waterisgood

              I agree- Clementine has the best chocolate chip cookie in LA. (Not that I don't love Diddy Reise- I just prefer the oatmeal raisin at Diddy)... and I've been trying to figure out the recipe for years. I even asked the LA Times to try and get it but Clementine wouldn't give it up. Anyone have any recommendations?

              1. re: kra81

                Clementine's chocolate chip cookies are awesome. For only $1.75, you're getting quality chocolate in those cookies too!

                As for recipes, the LA Times did publish it:

                http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

          2. While price wasn't the focus, this recent thread might help:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/789569

            1. BTW, I wouldn't pass judgment on Mrs Fields for being corporate, a chain, or outdated, but they do achieve their price point in part by using ingredients that I doubt Debbi Fields herself ever used:

              [From: http://www.mrsfields.com/misc/nutriti...]

              Nutritional Information for Chocolate Chip

              Ingredients: Enriched flour (wheat flour, barley malt, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils, dimethylpolysiloxane as an antifoaming agent), butter blend [butter, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, salt, mono and diglycerides, calcium disodium EDTA (preservative), annatto (color), artificial flavor, vitamin A palmitate added], eggs, vanilla, calcium sulfate, monocalcium phosphate, fumeric acid, corn starch, baking soda, salt.

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              1. re: Peripatetic

                Excellent and fair point, Peripatetic. I've often wondered what makes their cookies so freaking good.

                I found that online recipe which pretends to teach you how to make Mrs. Fields tasting cookies at home, but it was basically just the Toll House Recipe with more brown sugar. Plus, it tells you to refrigerate the batter before baking and to bake at a lower temperature. I must say, those tips do indeed help. But still, it ain't Mrs. Fields.

                And yet, shouldn't a competitor be able to do better for near $1.60? I mean, that's more my question here. Can any Bakery really touch Mrs. Fields for price-and-product?

                I knew a guy who has a cookie shop up in SF called "Hot Cookie". He told me the primary expense is the butter itself.

              2. Euro Pane.

                $2 for a large chocolate chip cookie.

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Next time I head out to Alhambra for Vietnamese, I'll be sure to check out Euro Pane. Thanks for the tip.

                2. When i open my cookie place then you will really know what cookies are all about. Try The new Nancy Silverton Bakery in The Farmers Market, I think the cookies are $2 to $2.75 depending on the cookie, not as good as mine but.

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                  1. re: Burger Boy

                    I would definitely try the cookies at a place called "Burger Boy's Cookie Bakery."

                    If they go over well, you could open up a sister joint called' "Cookie's Burgers."

                    1. re: PaulF

                      Silly, that is not the name! I would not divulge it as someone would steal it.

                      1. re: Burger Boy

                        Clementine makes a perfect chocolate chip cookie. As described above--the crispy perimeter is about as good of a cookie bite as you could hope for.
                        If I'm not out west, Larchmont Larder makes a nice chocolate chip cookie, though I prefer their oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, which is as good as Clementine but different. I'm forgetting the name, but the bakery on Robertson by the 10 fwy that bakes for the Ivy has some very interesting chocolate chip cookies.

                  2. I would appreciate recommendations for CC cookies with nuts (macadamias, pecans, walnuts, etc.).

                    1. Whole Foods makes an awesome vegan ( you would never know it) cc cookie for $1.89 - in their baked goods self-serve case.

                      Also, Literati had an amazing cc cookie awhile back, have not been there for about 6 mos, but incredible. Price: under $3.

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                      1. re: Francesca

                        For $1.25, the cookies at Home Girl Cafe near Chinatown are great tasting and huge. Plus, the money goes to a good cause.

                      2. Sugar Fix in Pasadena, I think they're $1.25.

                        1. My favorite recent CCC was at Schat Bakery in El Segundo... Just perfection, not a gourmet mes...

                          --Dommy!

                          1. Tate's Bake Shop cookies are sold at Gelson's. I get the Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies. They are thin, crisp, and taste homemade. They're the best I've ever tasted. I took a package to work and they were devoured in minutes!

                            1. I'm responding to the thread I created back in February. Thank you to all who responded.

                              At this point, I'd have to agree with the consensus, Clementine wins. I just wish they had a milk chocolate chip version.

                              1. The best cc are at Juliennes in San Marino. There are the Jumbles which are cc cookies with toasted almonds and pecans and cranberries. They are delicious. They also have oatmeal chic chunk. Cc with macadamia nuts and a lot of other cookies. They are under three dollars but are really big and full of lots of cc and nuts

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                                1. re: paprkutr

                                  Thanks for the tip, Paprkutr. Next time I'm doing Asian out in Alhambra / Monterey Park, I'll be sure to check that out.