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Buttercake Bakery

cookiemonster | Jan 6, 2003 04:54 PM

10595 W. Pico (310) 470-6770
Finally got in there the day after Christmas, after months of being curious.
They were quite behind after the holiday rush, so they had a very small selection--just a few kinds of cookies and a couple tartlets. In the spirit of houndliness, I tried everything: giant chocolate chip, oatmeal, and sugar cookies, a fudge cookie, a chocolate tart, and a tarte tatin.
The large cookies all had the same crisp, shattering texture and a very buttery flavor, especially the sugar cookie. The oatmeal cookie was lightly spiced with cinnamon, and full of plump chewy raisins. Though I am not generally a raisins-in-things-lover, they were perfect in that one particular cookie. Perfect. The chocolate chip cookie was good, but after the oatmeal cookie the texture seemed redundant, and the flavor of the dough itself couldn't stand up to the huge chunks of dark chocolate. The sugar cookie wasn't bad, but wasn't worth eating more than three bites of (it was finished eventually, over the course of about three days).
The fudge cookie was the sort of thing that starts an obsession, with a good chewy outside and an almost flowing center. I'd have prefered it without nuts, but it was so good that nothing could ruin it.
The tarte tatin could have been excellent--the degree of caramelization was perfect, but the core had been left in most of the peices of apple, and the puff pastry was soggy and bland.
Then there was a heart-shaped chocolate tartlet in a chocolate crust, still warm from the oven. With that it was love at first sniff, and wild adoration at first bite. I look forward to going back when they're fully stocked.

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