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Posted at 1:48 PM ET, 12/12/2007

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By Erin

Today's Food section lists dozens of recipes for delicious cookies. There are vegan, gluten-free, savory and low-sugar cookies alongside all the delicious, buttery unhealthy options. But if you don't have the time or prowess to bake your own treats, here are some special places to get a cookies, from bakeries to fine dining establishments. If you're looking for steak and jazz instead, there's a new spot at Tysons Galleria.

Anyone who's spent any time in Westwood near the UCLA campus knows the power of good, cheap cookies a la Didi Reese. People queue down the street for stacks of 35-cent cookies from this tiny bakery. We don't have a cookie emporium like that, but there are a few delicious alternatives.

One of my favorite new restaurants, The Source by Wolfgang Puck, assembles a mosaic of little cookies as an option on the dessert menu. Chocolate chip, yuzu bars, coconut macaroons and raspberry jelly cookies are just a few of the many options on the big platter. Luckily, the cookies are lined two by two, so you won't need to fight for your favorites.

Another fabulous cookie platter awaits at Palena. The cookies share the stage with homemade caramels and nougat. The cookie varieties include coconut macaroons, hazelnut butter cookies with chocolate sprinkles, chocolate cookies with raspberry jam and many more.

Baked & Wired is my favorite D.C. bakery. The shop has several old-fashioned cookie jars by the cash register with oatmeal raisin, Neiman Marcus cookies, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, ginger sugar, snickerdoodle and several other varieties that rotate in and out. Of course if you're not the cookie type, go for cupcakes or the amazing Nutella brownie.

I'm not typically an oatmeal raisin person -- I view raisins as tiny disasters in my food -- but I must admit that even I relish the raisins in Teaism's salty oat cookie. Those delicious cake-style cookies hit you with a nice amount of cinnamon, a sprinkling of sea salt and plump raisins to bring a touch of juice to the flavor. The newish chocolate version is mighty decadent as well.

Finally, CityZen plays with the tradition of cookies and milk by serving a transcendent cookie dough souffle with milk ice cream. It has all the benefits of gooey, delicious dough without any of the issues that prevent you from licking the mixing spoon.

New Around Town
The influx of steakhouses to Tysons Corner just won't quit. The Chicago-based Wildfire has opened in Tysons Galleria with jazz music, retro appetizers like fondue and coconut shrimp, and, of course, steak and chops. The menu features mammoth salads. There's also a kids' menu and a gluten-free menu.

--Erin

By Erin  | December 12, 2007; 1:48 PM ET
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I'll second the love for the salty oat cookies at Teaism.

Posted by: Aly | December 12, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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