A hunt for LA’s softest, chewiest, sweetest, and gooiest cookies? That’s a quest that has VegOut written all over it. Heck, all you had to say was cookies and we’re in! Since we know you’re salivating at the mere mention of sweets like we are, here’s a list of 10 must-try vegan cookies in Los Angeles!
Let us lead the way to massive chocolate chip cookies by award-winning cookbook author and Cupcake Wars’ champion pastry chef, Chloe Coscarelli. To find your way there, type “by Chloe” into your GPS and follow it to the 365 in Silver Lake. Upon entering, you’ll be overwhelmed by the staggering amount of vegan options, but let your heart steer you in the right direction, which is (obviously) towards their thin, face-sized, and nostalgic chocolate chip cookies.
Arts District, Franklin Village, Culver City, Silver Lake & Food Trucks
Ice cream is a cookie’s favorite wingman. Kind of like soy sauce is to sushi. When these two lovers come together, they form an ice cream sandwich, because nothing says “America” like a sandwich for dessert. Visit your nearby Van Leeuwen’s for silky, rich, top-tier vegan ice cream smashed between melt-in-your-mouth, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. No matter what flavor combo you choose, you’ll be joyfully overwhelmed by the flavors and textures of this prestige ice cream shop!
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Author of several baking-focused cookbooks and founder of hit sweeteries located in Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando, Erin McKenna is a pioneer of the vegan & gluten-free world. Her bakeries delight people of all taste preferences as her offerings include soft cake donuts, cream-filled eclairs, and a heart-warming variety of decadent cookies. For our fellow chocolate lovers, their double chocolate chip cookie will definitely spark joy! All of their treats are plant-based and gluten-free.
Madame Shugah pop-ups quickly grabbed attention in LA’s vegan food scene with their creamy milkshakes, sweet and chewy cookies, and indulgent ice cream sandwiches. One of our favorite combos is their Berry White Ice Cream Sandwich, which comes with strawberry ice cream smack in the middle of two white chocolate macadamia cookies!
The Bakery Truck
The Bakery Truck is not only all vegan and gluten-free, but they just so happen to specialize in cookies. All of their flavors are buttery, soft, and perfectly chewy. You can even order a giant cookie cake of your choosing online to delight your inner child’s 90’s food cravings!
Brick and mortar store? Nah. Pop-up shop? Nah. Superfood-infused cookies that are both satisfying and delivered straight to your door? Oh yeah. Madeby Foods takes handcrafted, skillfully made, food blog quality sweets and infuses them with different healing foods, such as reishi, raw cacao, and maca. Their cookies, which feature Mint Chocolate Chip, Classic Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, and more, are equal parts delicious and good for you. That’s our favorite type of win-win situation.
Pop-Up & Online
Okay, if you’re familiar with Maya’s Cookies, then you’re probably thinking “Why is a San Diego pop-up on this VegOut Los Angeles list?” Which is a fair point, but our response is even fairer: they have one of the best, if not the absolute best, vegan cookies we’ve ever tasted. Plus, who doesn’t make the occasional day trip down to San Diego? These cookies are the perfect size— not too small, not too big, not too thick, not too thin. Maya’s achieved the Goldilocks ratio for the ideal cookie. On top of that, the treats are impeccably balanced between chewy, tender, crispy, and downright magical. Did we mention they have chocolate chip cookies with marshmallows melted right into the center? Bomb dot com. Needless to say, next time you’re planning a trip to San Diego, make Maya’s Cookies part of your plan.
DeLuscious Cookies & Milk
According to Yelp, this baked-to-order confectionary has the best vegan and gluten-free chocolate cookies some people have ever tried. In a city where almost every other restaurant throws in vegan and gluten-free options for the extra cash, that’s a hefty statement. Swing by Hollywood to get your hands on a batch of warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies from DeLuscious!
The Naughty Cookie
Pop-Up and Online Delivery
We’re not sure where the name comes from, but we take it that “The Naughty Cookie” is a rhetorical remark, because what guilt is there in cruelty-free treats that uplifts spirits to elated heights? For a dessert you’ll never forget, try out their Ooey Gooey S’mores Cookie—a marshmallow-stuffed chocolate chip cookie topped with toasty graham cracker crumbs. It’s like those summer nights by the campfire minus cheesy ghost stories.