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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Hip hip hooray! It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! We aren’t sure where we would be without this classic cookie, but we are here to celebrate! It continues to be our most popular flavor and we can understand why. There is something so nostalgic about this cookie. Whether it reminds you of making your first batch as a kid, or perhaps picking up a warm cookie from our downtown bakery, you really can never go wrong with Chocolate Chip.

  • Our Chocolate Chip cookies are made with the finest ingredients, including Giustos Flour,
    Guittard semi-sweet chocolate and pure vanilla extract.
The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Chocolate Chip cookie was invented in the 1930’s by a woman named Ruth Wakefield. While on vacation, Ruth was brainstorming a cookie idea that involved adding chocolate squares into a “blond batter.” She broke up a chocolate bar into small pieces and to her surprise, the chocolate did not melt into the dough! It makes us wonder if the creation of the Chocolate Chip cookie was accidental, but regardless, we can’t thank Ruth enough!

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To celebrate this special day, we are offering our customers $5 off our Chocolate Chip Cookies by the Dozen Gift Box! Use code CHOCOLATECHIP during checkout to redeem this offer. Offer is valid through this Friday, May 17th!

While we have some fun variations (Almond Joe – a chocolate chip cookie with a tantalizing medley of toasted almonds and coconut, Chocolate Chip Walnut – a popular variation on the All-American classic with fresh California Walnuts, Dark Chocolate Cranberry – a sweet and tart variation with dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries, Cahootz – a white chocolate chip cookie with macadamia nuts and a hint of coconut), we appreciate the simplicity of a Chocolate Chip Cookie – the epitome of all cookies!

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Spring has sprung and we can’t be more excited! With the crisp change in the air, we thought we’d highlight a couple of cookies that make great Spring-time treats.

Lemon Drop

Looking for a sweet and zesty treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? Our Lemon Drop cookie is sure to do the trick! Made with pure lemon extract, we’re certain this tangy cookie will hit your taste buds in all the right places.

Enjoy with a glass of milk or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you want to cross over to the dark tart side, we suggest pairing with a scoop of your favorite fruit sorbet or sherbet.

Lemon Drop – a tangy variation of the classic sugar cookie made with creamery butter and pure lemon extract. Mint Condition

If you’re a fan of our Dr. Midnight (triple chocolate cookie), you’ll know we make a cool variation which we call Mint Condition. Made with chocolate syrup and cocoa powder, this cookie is perfect for all the chocoholics out there. To freshen things up, we add green mint chips to the mix. Think Mint Chip ice cream in the form of a cookie!

Whether it’s the minty taste or the green chips, this cookie is a favorite among kids! Pair with your favorite chocolate or mint chip ice cream.

Mint Condition – A double chocolate delight with satiny chocolate syrup, rich cocoa powder and green mint chips What is your favorite spring treat?

Do you have a go-to spring treat that we need to know about? Please share them with us by e-mailing office@pacificcookie.com.

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Behind The Cookie by Stefani Dicicco - 4M ago

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we’re here to help! Not sure what to gift your loved one this year? Surprise them with the sweetest gift of all…COOKIES! Whether you’re shopping for your spouse, gal pal or your student who’s away at college, we have the perfect gift in mind!

Talk Chocolate To Me

A sure way to impress your sweetie this Valentine’s Day is by gifting them with our Talk Chocolate To Me basket. It is no secret that chocolate is the way to your Valentine’s heart, so we’ve partnered with local chocolatier, Mackenzie’s Chocolates, to present this deluxe gift basket! Basket includes:

  • An 18-piece set of chocolate covered toffee
  • A 24-piece set of white & milk chocolate flower medallions
  • A 4-piece set of chocolate truffles
  • A 3-piece set of chocolate truffles in an edible chocolate shaped heart
  • Two dozen cookies of your choice! We recommend a medley of Chocolate Chip, Dr. Midnight, Almond Joe and Dark Chocolate Cranberry. See our full list of flavors here.
Talk Chocolate To Me Gift Basket, $89.95
Available online at PacificCookie.com
Galentine’s Day

Spending time with your gal pals this month? Show them your love with a box full of cookies! Our spunky gift item, Party in a Box, is a great way to do so. With lots of box and ribbon color combinations, you’re able to customize each box for your friends!

To add a personal touch, you can attach a name tag. Target and Cost Plus World Market have great options! Galentine’s Day is Wednesday, February 13th.

All you need is Love…and Cookies!

Like tacos and Tuesdays, like Peanut Butter and Jelly, together is a wonderful place to be! Our Perfect Pairing Cookie Gift Tower is the perfect gift to send to the macaroni to your cheese! This sweet and simple gesture will show them how much you care. Choose from our sweet sayings, “We go together like Milk & Cookies” or “All you need is Love and Cookies”

Perfect Pairing Gift Tower, $19.95
Available online at PacificCookie.com
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We’ve made it easy for you to order online! Simply select the cookies, add your personalized gift message and we’ll ship directly to your Valentine! You may also pick up your order at our bakery on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. Give us a call at 831-429-6905 for more information.

View our Valentine’s Day collection HERE.

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We are all about celebrating daily holidays. Whether it’s National Chocolate Chip Day or National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (see the difference?) you can count on us to acknowledge these playful and sometimes silly holidays (betcha didn’t know February 18th is National Thumb Appreciation Day, did ya?). Well, today is no different because…it’s National Peanut Butter Day!

What is Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter is a spread of dry-roasted peanuts often mixed with an oil to reach a smooth and creamy consistency. Peanut Butter is believed to have originated during Aztec times where peanuts were mashed into a paste. The creamy consistency that we are most familiar with was not invented until the late 1800’s.

Today, there are many variations of Peanut Butter: smooth, chunky, with honey, there’s even Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter! We won’t dive into the Jiff or Skippy debate, but what we will say is that peanut butter is great for any time of the day! Spread a little on toast for breakfast, dip with apples or celery for a snack, and who could pass on a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich for lunch?!

Why do we love Peanut Butter?

Peanut Butter is near and dear to us because it was one of our original cookie flavors when we opened our bakery in 1980. Now, 39 years later, it is one of our most popular flavors! We hand scoop and fork (creating hash marks to help the cookies bake evenly) each and every cookie, just like home made! We also make a slightly sweeter version: Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips. Mmmmm!

Peanut Butter cookies right out of the oven!
Peanut Butter Cookies at Home!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for peanut butter cookies that we think you should try! It calls for three simple ingredients which you may already have in your kitchen!

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter (we suggest a chunky version)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop spoonfuls on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper. We suggest creating hash marks with a fork to help flatten the cookies! Bake at 350 degrees F for 6 – 8 minutes and you’ll have peanut butter cookies in no time!

Until the Next Holiday…

We may not observe each and every daily holiday, but we certainly get a kick out of them! Whether it’s National Snickerdoodle Day or National Chocolate Day, if it’s related to our cookies, we will find a way to celebrate. Stay tuned for Wednesday, June 12th where we’ll observe National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.

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It was a successful holiday season here at Pacific Cookie Company, and we can’t thank our wonderful customers enough! Many of you purchased gift items on our website and sent them to your loved ones across the country. We also had gift items available for pick up at our Pacific Avenue location for local customers. Whether you ordered cookies for a loved one or for yourself, the holiday orders sure kept us busy!

Here is a recap of some of our best selling gift items:

A White Christmas Cookie Tray – This item is unique to our other gifts because we package it with four dozen mini cookies. It was popular among business offices with plenty to share!
Santa’s Nightcap – This was a new gift item for us and we are so thrilled you loved it! We had this box custom designed with a chocolate chip topper! We can’t wait to bring this back next year! Adorable Santa Pants – Year after year, you guys have cherished this gift item, and we can see why! Cookies and Santa Pants…You really can’t get anything cuter than this!

What are we up to now that Christmas is over? Believe it or not, we will soon be brainstorming ideas for the 2019 holiday season! Of course there are essential upcoming holidays – Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day – but, with Christmas and Cookies, can you name a better pairing?

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Behind The Cookie by Jessica Shingu - 6M ago

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.

 Mexican Galletas and Pan Dulce 

Biscuits and Tea

Biscotti and Coffee

 Amaretti Cookies

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

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In the interest of trying something new (and being the crafty person that I am), I started a Pinterest board to come up with ideas for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. She is at the perfect age where we can work on fun projects together, and while it would have been just as sweet to serve our delicious cookies for dessert, I found a particular “Pin” that would work as a great treat for the kids…The Butterfly Snack.

You can find this craft on our “Party Ideas” Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/pacificcookie/party-ideas/

What you need:

  • Zip-lock bags
  • Clothespins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Grapes
  • Goldfishes

First, we decorated the clothespins with various patterns – polka dots, rainbows and happy faces. We used markers but I think glitter would have a nice, sparkly touch! Then we loaded the grapes and goldfishes in and divided them (these will be the wings) to leave room for the “body” of the butterfly (we may or may not have snacked on goldfishes during this step).

To keep the grapes and goldfishes divided, we used the pipe cleaners as a cinch, then wrapped the ends around a pencil to create their squiggly antennas. You can make all sorts of shapes and sizes for the antennas! To finish the look, we attached the clothespins and voila!

You may also use all types of snacks! Cheerios and raspberries sound like a yummy combo! It was so much fun making this project come to life! Make sure to follow our Pinterest and we’ll be sure to save fun and easy ideas that you’re going to love!

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Summer is all about seeking adventure, and what’s better than exploring our own backyard? There are several places in Santa Cruz to sight see (the most obvious being the beach), yet I always forget about the beautiful mountains we are surrounded by. I quickly made a list of hiking spots I wanted to visit. My first stops were Big Basin and Castle Rock (UH-MAZING views of Santa Cruz mountains). While there are more places on my list, there was one in particular I have dreamed of exploring and it’s a wee bit outside of Santa Cruz…Yosemite National Park.

To many surprise, I had never been to Yosemite. I know it’s a bucket list destination, so I thought this summer was the perfect time to go. I pitched the idea to a dear friend of mine and I was thrilled when she said she was on board! We set a date and I began counting down the days! The night before our trip, we made a quick stop to the grocery store to stock up on snacks and fresh produce for our sandwiches (my friend and I both have a sweet tooth, so of course I brought cookies!). We called it a night, knowing we were going to start our day early.

Early morning came and I was eager to get on the road. We put on our hiking gear, loaded up our backpacks and we were on our way! Once we reached Mariposa County, I knew we were getting closer. The drive down the valley was absolutely beautiful! We hadn’t even made it to the park entrance and I wanted to stop at every turn to take a picture. The sound of the water flowing down the Merced River was so soothing and tranquil. I couldn’t wait for everything else that was to come!

We made it to the park just before 8 AM and parked near Yosemite Falls. I was in awe of my surroundings – skyscrapping rocks, the fresh smell of pine trees and the soft sound of distant waterfalls. We took a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the valley floor and Yosemite Falls.

   

We decided to hike to the top of Vernal Falls via the Mist Trail. The trail was no walk in the park (pun intended). While the views were breathtaking, it was definitely a workout! The last half mile is quite steep, with over 600 granite rock steps! At this part of the trail, you will learn first hand why it is called the Mist Trail. With temps in the mid 90’s, the drizzle of Vernal Falls felt cool and refreshing. We were enjoying the mist, so we paused for a quick power snack.

   

It was so rewarding making it to the top of the waterfall. Having close to no hiking experience, it was quite the accomplishment and I felt an instant sense of peace and relaxation. The panoramic views were like a painting – something you think you can only see in a museum and cannot touch, yet there we were admiring every piece of it with all our senses.

After our hike, we ate our lunch and decided to explore the valley floor which included peaceful meadows, distant views of Half Dome and lots of squirrels! We learned so much about this historic park by visiting the Yosemite Museum, Yosemite Village and the Ansel Adams Gallery (and of course made a pit stop to the gift shop!).

I cannot describe enough how beautiful Yosemite is, and how much MORE there is to explore! I am so eager to go again. If you have not been, I encourage you to go like right now! It is SO worth the drive and SO fulfilling for your soul. My suggestions: get there early, pack lots of snacks and water, take lots of pictures and remember this quote…

“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been re-arranged by the hand of the man” ~Anonymous

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