Follow the Dessert Crazed Road?

I am ALL about desserts (one would hope that one who works at a bakery has a sweet tooth) – cookies, brownies, candy, chocolate dipped anything, you name it. I am always on the hunt for the new dessert craze.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse – San Francisco

My friends and I ventured to San Francisco to stop by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. We heard lots of great things about this bakery, and of course looked at all their mouth-watering pictures on Instagram (seriously, check out their Instagram, here). They offer a bunch of sweet treats – cream filled donuts, chocolate croissants, cheese danishes, etc. What they are really known for and what causes a line to swing around the building is their “Cruffin” – a cross between a Croissant and a Muffin. Once we saw the photos, we knew we had to try them. We followed the advice of Yelpers and arrived at the bakery at 9 AM. We anticipated the long line, so we patiently waited for our turn to select our treats.

We waited about 20 minutes in line before making it to the counter. Alas! A plethora of sweet treats. We strictly went for the Cruffins, but there were other treats that certainly caught our attention, like the churro flavored croissants and strawberry cream filled donuts. We made our selections and watched in awe (think heart-eyed emoji) as the employee carefully packaged our treats and handed us our box.

Meet the Cruffins

The Cruffins (think muffin shaped croissant with cream filling and sprinkled with sugar) were absolutely delicious! We ate them quickly and tried our other delights as well. My sweet tooth was VERY pleased! Here are a few pictures courtesy of their website (you can visit their website here).

Will you follow the road?

If you’re into the dessert craze, I suggest stopping by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse! Take a look at their Instagram and definitely do some Yelp research before heading there for tips on parking, best time to go, and fan favorites. I promise you will not be disappointed! Off to research my next dessert adventure!

Calling all Brides and Grads, June is here!

June is here, and you know what that means, wedding and graduation season is upon us!

We’re here to help sweeten up your special day

During this time of year, Pacific Cookie Company receives oodles of orders from excited parents and soon to be newlyweds in anticipation of their special occasions. We could not be more thrilled to help make those life events a little sweeter! During these special occasions, we understand that there are many tasks to take care of — from sending out invitations, making reservations, gathering long distance relatives, finding that special something to wear, ahhh, it all adds up! However, with the fresh smell of our carefully crafted cookies in the air, it is easy to turn that Bridezilla into a smooth chilla’ or that Ga-Ga Grad into a Diplomatic Darlin’.

      

Choose from our delicious varieties

Don’t you worry about pleasing everyone’s sweet tooth. We have 13 amazing flavors to choose from!  Do you have a lot of friends and family? Why not try a little of each? The bouquet won’t be the only thing guests will be fighting over. Our cookies add flare to any dessert table! Any chocolate enthusiasts attending the festivities? Chocolate lovers beware, Dr. Midnight will cure that sweet tooth! Want something a little traditional? Try our Snickerdoodle or Oatmeal Raisin. Want to shake things up a bit? Take our Mint Condition (with GREEN mint-chips) for a spin! Whether they are walking down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance” or “Here Comes the Bride” we’d love to wish them all a big Congratulations on this next chapter in their lives and thank them for including us on their special day! Cheers!

 

 

World Book Day

“A book is as dream that you hold in your hand.” – Neil Gaiman

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For the Love of Cookies

This is an ode to the cookie, the delectable little treat that bakes in several shapes and sizes decorated with flavor filled goodness of your choosing. Growing up, I can remember staring into the oven, watching the cookies rise and waiting rather impatiently to take one off the cooling rack. The beautiful art piece we have hanging in our Berkeley bakery, “Waiting for Good Dough,” by Laurie Zeszut brings me back to those times and lovely sweet smelling memories.

Waiting for Good Dough
“Waiting for Good Dough” by Laurie Zeszut

So when did cookies become a staple of our childhood memories as well as memories past? According to culinary historians, cookies were derived from the batter bakers would place in ovens used as test batches for regulating temperature. The batter used was actually cake batter, and so along came the cookie thanks to someone who needed to get their oven temperature just right. If I could go back in time, I would give that person a resounding thank you and high-five! Thank goodness for our fore mother’s and father’s for importing these delightful confections over to the United States from countries in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and more.

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People all around the world love cookies!
Here are the names of cookies in different countries:
Australia and England: Bisquits
Dutch: Koekje
France: Gateau
Germany: Platzchen or Keks
Irish: Fianan
Italy: Biscotti
Mexico and Spain: Galletas
Polish: Ciastko
Portuguese: Biscoito
Russia: печенье (pechen’ye)
United States: Cookies

I often think that any time is a great time to enjoy a cookie. I’ve even convinced myself that it’s perfectly fine to substitute my regular maple and brown sugar oatmeal for a warm oatmeal cookie. In the UK, crisp little biscuits are dunked twice a day into a lovely cup of Earl Grey tea. This is something that should probably be adopted into American society, for the better of our country of course. Cookies come in all different shapes and sizes from all over the world. That’s the beauty about variety, and as they say, variety is the spice of life, or for this conversation, a cookie by any other name, would smell as sweet.