Mother’s Day 2021 Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got just what Mom needs this year…fresh-baked, gourmet cookies of course! We’ve put together a list of our top picks, which includes our brand new cookie towers!

Vintage Tulips Cookie Tower

Our BRAND NEW cookie tower is quite possibly the cutest gift to send this year! You’re basically sending Mom cookies and tulips. Well, not real tulips but like, you get the point. Select two of her favorite flavors and include your personalized message at checkout. Easy as can be!

Vintage Tulips Cookie Tower, $19.95

Wildflower Cookie Tower

You’ll be sending Mom Mother’s Day wishes AND Spring Greetings with our NEW Wildflower Cookie Tower. Inspired by California’s beautiful wildflowers, this is a sweet yet simple way to show Mom some love! She’ll be delighted to find our delicious, gourmet cookies inside!

Wildflower Cookie Tower, $19.95

With all My Heart

This totally reminds us of the arrow-running-through-heart-mom-tattoo. Right?! Show Mom your loyalty, without the permanent ink, with our NEW cookie tower: With all My Heart. You can pick from our red, white or pink hearts (or, send Mom one of each?!). Each tower includes one dozen scrumptious cookies!

With All My Heart Cookie Tower, $19.95 each

Sweet Elegance

Our most popular gift box is a great way to say, “Happy Mother’s Day!”. What’s even sweeter is you can pick Mom’s favorite color combinations AND her four favorite flavors. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one!

While these are just a few of our favorites for this year, any of our gourmet cookie gifts will make a perfect Mother’s Day Gift. Wishing all the amazing Moms a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Fun Ways to Enjoy our Cookies

Our cookies alone are a tasty treat, but if you’re looking for an extra wow factor, we’ve got some ideas! From ice cream to beer (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke), we’re here to offer some fun and unique ways to enjoy our cookies. Here we go!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’ll start with the obvious: ice cream sandwiches. Cookies and ice cream have been the ultimate duo since the beginning of time (or like, since whenever cookies and ice cream were invented). There is something so heavenly when biting into an ice cream sandwich – two warm, crisp yet gooey cookies, with a scoop of luscious ice cream in between…is your mouth watering too?!

Lucky for you, we serve ice cream sandwiches at our bakery! We offer a selection of Marianne’s Ice Cream, which pairs so perfectly with our cookies. You can never go wrong with two chocolate chip cookies and a scoop of Heaven (vanilla ice cream with chocolate swirl, peanut butter swirl and brownies).

S’mores

Skip the graham crackers and use our fresh-baked cookies at your next bonfire! You can start with Snickerdoodle cookies, but in this situation, you really can’t go wrong with any flavor! Do everything else the same as you would a regular s’more and enjoy! *Tip: Use Chocolate Chip or Dr. Midnight cookies and allow the chocolate chips to melt for extra gooey-ness!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Sandwich

Similar to an ice cream sandwich, minus the ice cream. Grab two Peanut Butter cookies (or Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips) and spread peanut butter on one, jelly on the other. Slap the two together, and you’ve got yourself a Peanut Butter and Jelly cookie sandwich! Can also be enjoyed as an open-faced sandwich with banana slices on top!

Cookies and Beer

If Girl Scouts can pair their cookies with beer, SO CAN WE. We know, we know, you might think this is an odd pairing, but you know the old saying: “don’t knock it until you try it!”

You can start off with a light beer and our classic Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie. Or perhaps a fruity cider with a Lemon Drop cookie. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a Cahootz with a Porter or Stout. Truthfully, nothing will ever compare to cookies and milk, but if you ever want to switch things up, don’t be scared to crack open a cold one!

Have we convinced you to try some of these concoctions? They might not be for everyone, but we can all agree that they unique ways to enjoy our cookies. What are some fun ways you’ve enjoyed our cookies? Let us know in the comments 🙂

Your 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we have just what you need to show your love…COOKIES of course! With twelve different flavors and over 20 different gift packages, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, your Galentine or anyone special in your life, we have something for everyone! Here are some of our favorites for this year.

Cookies & a POP of Color

Our Cookies & a POP of Color Gift Box is the sweetest and simplest way to send your love this Valentine’s Day. Not only is this box filled with one dozen (2oz) fresh-baked cookies, it is also finished with an adorable bow! You may select up to two flavors for this box, and we suggest Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle. The lucky recipient will appreciate this sweet and thoughtful gesture!

Cookies & a POP of Color, $19.95

 

Love is in the Air

Not only is our Love is in the Air Cookie Tin absolutely darling (I mean, LOOK at it ), it is also filled to the brim with three dozen (1oz) cookies! You can select up to three flavors for this guy. If your Valentine is a chocoholic, our top picks are: Dr. Midnight, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips and Mint Condition. After the cookies have been devoured, the recipient can re-use tin for storage! Can’t get any sweeter than that!

Love is in the Air, $31.95

 

Sustainably Sweet

 

We had to save the best for last, of course! Imagine the recipient’s face when they open a package to find a basket FULL of COOKIES. That’s right – our Sustainably Sweet Cookie Basket is loaded with six dozen (2oz) cookies. A variety of Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Lemon Drop, Cahootz, Dr. Midnight and Ginger Spice would make a delicious basket!

Sustainably Sweet Gift Basket, $79.95

 

Sweet Savings

How can we make this Valentine’s Day even sweeter you might ask? Well, we’re offering $5 off your online order! Simply use code LOVE at checkout. You can select a future ship date at checkout to arrive closer to Valentine’s Day, or send now. Offer valid through this Sunday, February 7th at 11:59 PM PST 🙂 You can shop our entire Valentine’s Day collection HERE. However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, we hope it is filled with sweet, sweet love!

2020

2020

2020 was a challenging year to say the least. From the coronavirus pandemic, to the devastating California wildfires, 2020 kept throwing obstacles. While so much transpired, we wanted to take a moment, reflect, and share important highlights of 2020.

March

On March 17th, 2020, Santa Cruz County was placed under a Shelter in Place order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Several businesses were forced to close their doors to the public, restaurants were only allowed to serve to-go orders, and toilet paper was nearly impossible to find. There were so many unknowns at the time, but we watched as our world began to adapt to a new “normal”.

Luckily, we were able to keep our ovens on and serve to-go orders. Social distancing was implemented and all public surfaces were sanitized hourly to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

April

In response to the Santa Cruz County Shelter in Place order, Ride Out The Wave was launched in an effort to support our local businesses. It’s basically a directory for purchasing gift cards to Santa Cruz County businesses. Gift cards to participating businesses are available for purchase online and can be sent directly to the recipient (or to yourself). Purchasing gift cards may seem small, but it is such a great way to help small businesses!

June

On June 19th, we joined bakers all across the country for a virtual bake sale with Bakers Against Racism. Bakers Against Racism is an organization that has brought THOUSANDS of bakers together to put an end to racial inequality.

This virtual bake sale raised nearly $2 million for social justice causes worldwide! Proceeds from our bake sale were donated to The Color of Change: an organization that challenges injustice and advances solutions for racial justice.

Graphic owned by Rob Rubba and Bakers Against Racism

August

We reached quite the milestone in August: our 40th Anniversary! While we wish we could have a big party to celebrate, we shared some throwback photos on social media and celebrated with you virtually! Here are some sweet comments:

  • “My favorite stop downtown! When I was little I would save my quarter to get a cookie and milk after ballet class!” – Cayce Ellison
  • “Congrats to Pacific Cookie Company for creating a vision that would become part of Santa Cruz history!” – Michele Trgovac
  • “We love you so much! Your family is such a special part of the fabric of our downtown and our Santa Cruz community! So grateful for you!” – Dell Williams Jewelers (this may or may not have made me ugly cry like Kim Kardashian)

Pacific Cookie Company, December 1980

September

Our Santa Cruz mountains were devastated by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire which burned over 86,000 acres during August and September. Thousands were evacuated from their homes and nearly 1,500 structures were destroyed.

While several businesses were suffering from effects of the coronavirus pandemic, our community rallied together in response to this tragedy. We, alongside numerous Santa Cruz businesses, held fundraisers to support those affected. It only made sense to title our campaign, “We Love Santa Cruz” and donate proceeds of our “Surf City Sweets Tower” to local fire relief funds. In just one week, we sold out of our towers and raised $5,000!

Surf City Sweets Cookie Gift Tower

December

The holidays are particularly a busy time for us (we have learned that cookies and Christmas go quite well together). We always have so much fun being little elves and putting together your orders!

Since families did not gather this year due to the pandemic, many of you decided to send cookies to your loved ones…and your support did not go unnoticed! We are SO grateful for every single order. Our only wish was to be able to add a smile to your loved ones’ face on what may have been a difficult holiday.

Simple Wishes Cookie Gift Box

2021

As we start the new year, we can only hope for a brighter 2021. Thank you for supporting our bakery during a difficult year. The shop local movement has kept us going and we ask that you continue to support your local bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, grocery markets, and other small businesses. There are still many hurdles to jump over, but what we have learned is that our community is resilient. Thank you!