Happy National Cookie Day!

Hip – Hip – Hooray, It’s National Cookie Day!
National Cookie Day is upon us and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate!

Today is the day we get to gather with family, friends, and co-workers and indulge in some of life’s sweet, sweet offerings.  But, have you ever stopped and wondered just where did cookies come from? I know, it’s very hard to think of anything else when you bite into one of those chewy, warm, crispy, delicious, chocolatey – Wait, what was I saying…Ah, Yes! The history of the cookie! There is much speculation as to just where the cookie came from.
Especially, when there are many, many variations from all over the world!
In Australia and England, right around tea time you can find the tasty and crispy biscuits. Let’s head over to Mexico and Spain, here we might catch kids sneaking off with galletas before dinner, and in Italy where we can find people with coffee and Amaretti or Biscotti.

Biscuits with Tea.
Galletas and Pan Dulce.

And of course, we mustn’t forget about Holland. Here is where most people think the word cookie came from, Koekjes (cook-yuhs) which means “small cakes” or “flat cakes” have been served in Holland since the 1600s.

It is quite clear that the world loves cookies! Long before kitchen timers and “take and bake” dough, the world was a complicated place. According to culinary historians, the first ever record of cookies were actually their use as “test cakes”. Bakers would pour dollops of cake batter on baking pans and put them in theirs ovens to test the oven’s temperature.

This makes me especially grateful for our downtown store this time of year. There you can find our gluten-free cookies, coconut macaroons and anyone of our 14 decadent cookie flavors (I personally suggest Dr. Midnight). All without having to crack one egg! A great place to pick up cookies for Santa or get a quick pick-me-up after some intense holiday shopping at the Pacific Garden Mall.

With the holidays quickly approaching, you can count on Pacific Cookie Company to cover you on gifts. You don’t even have to leave your home! Just visit our online store at www.PacificCookie.com and browse through our Holiday selections. There you can find a great local gift the whole family can enjoy (sharing not guaranteed).

Happy National Cookie Day!!!
-Pacific Cookie Company

We made it on the top cookie blog list!

Hooray! We’re so honored to be part of an awesome list of bakers and bloggers! Check out the full list here.

 

GOODBYE TO BERKELEY

We’ve had a heck of a run in Berkeley. We’ve had a wonderful response from our customers to our cookies and to our wonderful staff. We’ve made ourselves a part of the broader Berkeley community, as we followed our company commitment to supporting organizations that serve people in need, such as Camp Kesem and the Berkeley Food Pantry.

Unfortunately, we’ve not been as successful as we had hoped or needed to be. We are closing our Berkeley bakery next Friday the 11th and will re-direct our focus to our vibrant and growing retail and wholesale business in Santa Cruz. We will continue to serve several wholesale accounts in Berkeley and the surrounding area, so you’ll probably still see our vans and our cookies in the area, but not at 2309 Telegraph Avenue.

We will miss deeply the relationships we’ve enjoyed with Cal Rec (and the annual craziness of Caltopia), the Undergraduate Marketing Association, our marketing interns Dominique, Matt and Charlotte, fellow merchants,  Cal staff, visitors to the area, and our remarkable original manager, Vanessa. Our staff will miss the amazing Cal students who shared their dances, poems, rap lyrics, and love notes with us. No day was ever boring, for sure.

Most of all we will miss our staff. Our manager, Shamika, our assistant manager, Camille are warm and talented people who will be blessings to new employers. Our bakers and servers will easily find positions where hard work and dedication are required. These cherished associations will be our takeaway from our 3 years of baking in Berkeley.

Thank you, Berkeley. You will always be in our hearts.

The Pearson Family

 

 

Holiday Gift Photo Shoot!

Behind the scenes of our holiday gift photo shoot last month with the amazing Lisa Keenan. New gift items are up on the site now!

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