Celebrate National Dessert Day With These Decadent Desserts Across L.A.

October 14, 2016 4:09 AM

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(credit: mjsomerville/shutterstock)


All across the city Angelenos have a plethora of options for desserts, but when craving a sweet treat, there is no need to settle for just an average dessert. In Los Angeles there are a number of desserts that stand out that will satisfy any dessert fiend’s sweet tooth. So long are the days of the simple cookie, pie or ice cream. Restaurants are now creating signature over-the-top dessert options that stand out and here are 14 options that truly are outrageous.
 


 
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(credit: Milk Jar/Kevin Patrick Doherty)


Pumpkin Pie Cookie & Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9800
www.milkjarcookies.com

At Milk Jar Cookies, they keep things simple by baking homemade cookies, along with other delicious confections. Opened by cookie-baker, Courtney Cowan, you can choose to get a variety of delicious cookies ranging from the birthday cookie with sprinkles, a banana split cookie, as well as a rocky road cookie. But, if you’re looking for something over the top, try their pumpkin pie cookie and toasted marshmallow ice cream. Their Pumpkin Pie cookie is made with real pumpkin and topped with homemade candied pecans. They’ve paired it with their toasted marshmallow ice cream. It’s the perfect combination! Every cookie you order here is decadent and over the top, though. So, whatever you choose, don’t be concerned as you will be thrilled bite after bite!
 


 
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(credit: credit: Eric Shin)


Deep Fried Pop Tarts
Beer Belly
532 S Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 387-2337
www.beerbellyla.com

Beer Belly, a craft beer bar located in the heart of Koreatown Los Angeles, is known for its Duck Fat Fries but it also has a special deep-fried dessert menu with Deep Fried Pop Tarts to pair well with that coffee porter. They also offer other great and over the top desserts, including their deep fried Oreos, a deep fried Twinkie and a deep fried oatmeal cream pie with ice cream and strawberry puree!
 


 
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(Credit: Afters Ice Cream)


Afters Ice Cream Sandwiches
Afters Ice Cream
1265 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91106
www.aftersicecream.com

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Afters Ice Cream has got you covered. Afters is known for their decadent and over the top ice cream sandwiches that will blow you away. You choose your ice cream and it is stuffed inside of a delicious donut called a “milky bun”. There are instructions on the wall that tell you the step-by-step procedure on how to order. First you “cream”, then you “fill”, then you “seal” and then, you “eat”. After’s hand blends all their ice creams and they have distinct flavors such as Cookie Monster, butter cookie and Jasmine milk tea. If you prefer not to have your donut glazed that is an option as well. With all the additions you can add to these ice cream sandwiches, or milky buns, it’s no wonder why it’s made our list for over the top and decadent desserts in Los Angeles. From fruity pebbles to sprinkles, other cereal favorites, and other over the top creations, this place is out of this world.
 


 
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(credit: Milk)


Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches
MILK
7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-6455
www.themilkshop.com

This Los Angeles dessert shop takes macarons to another level in the form of a macaron ice cream sandwich. You can get ice cream sandwiched between two large macaron cookies in flavors that include thai tea, red velvet, salted caramel, watermelon, cookies and cream, blueberry crumble, grasshopper and lemon curd, to name a few. For only $5.00, you will walk out with a full belly and a full wallet.
 


 
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(credit: Barton G.)


Marie Antoinette’s Head
Barton G.
861 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 388-1888
www.bartong.com

Marie Antoinette’s head – let them eat cake ($25) is an over the top bubblegum cotton candy wig surrounded a slice of raspberry and strawberry cream cheese cake with fresh berries and schlag. Inspired by the dessert’s namesake, the two-foot-high wig of cotton candy hair comes artfully arranged on a mannequin head and accompanied by a rich slice of cake.
 


 
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(credit: Courtesy of Sweet Rose Creamery )


Halloween Sundae
Sweet Rose Creamery
4377 Tujunga Ave.
Studio City, CA 91604
(310) 260-2663
www.sweetrosecreamery.com

Located in the family-friendly Tujunga Village neighborhood, Sweet Rose Creamery is creating a super sweet spot for outdoor movie watching along with its delicious Halloween Sundae. Smothered with marshmallows, brownies and ice cream, its decadent and so delicious!

 


 
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The Beet Trifle
Westbound
300 South Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 262-9291

At Westbound in the downtown Arts District, Executive Chef Gary Nguyen’s serves The Beet Trifle ($10), and is a take on the traditional English trifle. The Beet Trifle features an orange cake soaked in house-made orange bitters and an airy beet meringue in place of the traditional custard. The dessert is served with a brandy caramel and quenelle of house-made, spring herb ice cream.
 


 
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(credit: Cream)


Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich
CREAM
3335 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 742-9090
www.creamnation.com

The CREAM Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich takes everything people love about the traditional ice cream sandwich but replaces the cookies with warm, made-to-order, sweet batter waffles. The waffle segments take only a minute on the in-store hot waffle griddle and then can be combined with one of CREAM’s over 20 ice cream flavors and 16 toppings…The variety of freshly made sandwich creations are nearly endless!
 


 
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(credit: Faith & Flower)


Spumoni Baked Alaska
Faith & Flower
705 W 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
www.faithandflowerla.com

Created by Pastry Chef Josh Graves, the Spumoni Baked Alaska ($30) serves 4-6 and features vanilla, pistachio and cherry ice cream, chocolate macaron, toasted meringue and Pernod absinthe flambé. The absinthe which is poured over the Baked Alaska dessert is lit on fire at the table.

 


 
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(credit: Larry Sales)


Cookie Shots
Platine Cookies
10850 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 559-9933
www.platinecookies.com

Platine Cookies reimagines cookies and milk into their cookie shots as they form their chocolate chip cookie into an edible shot glass, line the inside with a protective layer of dark chocolate fudge and send guests home with a container of chocolate chip cookie infused milk to enjoy at their leisure. Whether you nibble the edges and sip the milk or down the whole  


 
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(credit: Coolhaus)


Fried Chicken & Waffles Ice Cream
Coolhaus
8588 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 838-5559
www.eatcoolhaus.com

Amongst a plethora of dessert options, one outrageous option found at Coolhaus is their Fried Chicken & Waffles ice cream. It’s made with a maple ice cream base, waffle cookies and ‘haus-made fried chicken caramel sauce. Pair it with Snickerdoodle cookies, and you have one outrageous ice cream sandwich. Coolhaus also offers a plethora of other terrific and over the top options, though, including a Confetti Whoopie Pie, Fruitty Pebbles & Marshmallow Cookies, and a series of unique ice cream flavors ranging from coffee Oreo, Cuban Cigar and Fruit Loops Cereal Milk to Gin & Tonic and L’Eggo My Eggo!
 


 
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(creidt: Plan Check Kitchen + Bar)


Breakfast Donut
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 444-1411
www.plancheck.com

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar serves a mashup of donuts and ice cream everyday via the team’s innovative cruller donut specials, think churro/donut hybrid. Their signature crullers are comprised of pâte à choux dough formed into a circular shape, fried to order, and served with ice cream and adventurous toppings. Most popular is the Breakfast Donut, available every Sunday during brunch, which is the frosted cruller donut topped with captain crunch and cereal milk.

Related: Best Places For Macarons In Los Angeles.
 


 
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(credit: MidiCi)


Nutella Calzone
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
14612 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 788-2178
www.mymidici.com

MidiCi’s signature Nutella Calzone is crafted with the same dough the restaurant uses for its pizzas and has warm, fresh, organic berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries) and banana cooked right in the center! It’s then drizzled with tasty Nutella and sprinkled with powdered sugar and extra, fresh berries.
 


 
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(credit: Playa Provisions)


Piescream Sandwich
Small Batch
119 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
(310) 683-5019
www.playaprovisions.com

Located at the beachfront of four-in-one concept Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey is the artisanal ice cream shop Small Batch. Top Chef, alum Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts’ take the traditional ice cream sandwich to the next level with the Piescream Sandwich. Flavors rotate seasonally but currently guests can enjoy soft, flaky blueberry and balsamic house made hand pies with Peaches n’ Cream ice cream cradled in the middle.

 


 
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(credit: Broken Spanish)


De La Rosa
Broken Spanish
1050 S Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
www.brokenspanish.com

At the Modern Mexican hotspot located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Chef Ray Garcia surprises guests with his De La Rosa Dessert. Inspired by the classic De La Rosa peanut candy, the white chocolate dessert explodes with flowers when you crack it. The contents inside consist of flowers, strawberries, peanut butter powder, pop rocks and salted peanuts!

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(credit: Bar Amá)


Churro Funnel Cake
Bar Amá
118 W 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7000
www.bar-ama.com

The Tex-Mex cantina featuring comfort food and tequila menu by Chef Josef Centeno features a unique twist on a funnel cake. Their churro funnel batter is made in-house, then deep fried and topped off with house-made cocoa. Guests can also choose to get it a la mode with a scoop off ice-cream.
 


 
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(credit: Larry C./yelp)


Coconut Gelato Pie
Gusto
8432 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-1778
www.gusto-la.com

Don’t think you can leave West Hollywood’s Gusto restaurant without trying their famed Coconut Gelato Pie. Chef Vic Casanova has helped put Gusto on LA’s elite restaurant list with this delicious and decadent dessert. The toasted coconut gelato pie is chilled and sliced to perfection. Most would agree that it’s easily one of the reasons they come to Gusto in the first place.
 


 
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(credit: Lisa H./yelp)


Churro Sliders
Au Fudge
9010 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 288-4268
www.aufudge.com

The stretch along Melrose Ave near the intersection of Robertson and Melrose has blown up as of late. Au Fudge is one of the many restaurants to thank to the emergence of this area. Although the restaurant offers delicious and decadent options like their cookie plate, sticky toffee pudding, a birthday cake (vanilla or chocolate), a s’mores dip and more, their churro sliders are over the top tasty. You won’t want to miss these cinnamon bites.
 


 
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(credit: Cathy Chaplin)


Simplified Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar
Animal
435 N Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
www.animalrestaurant.com

The restaurant known for its varieties of special meats adopts the same philosophy when it comes to theeir Simplified Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar. The dessert is made of three layers of chocolate, two ganache layers, one mousse layer and then sprinkled with crispy bacon to order. The Bar is paired with salt and pepper ice cream and has tones of a KIT KAT bar and Reese’s Pieces.
 


 
Article by Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers: restaurants, bars, dating, relationships, sports and other lifestyle topics. More of his work can be viewed at http://www.jaroneashkenazi.com. Connect with him on Twitter: @JaroneAsh.

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