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It all started with creativity and entrepreneurship.

Our Story

1978 — THE BEGINNING

It all started with creativity and entrepreneurship.

In the late 1970's, Larry and Shelly Pearson were living in the Monterey Bay area with their two daughters, Stacy and Cara. Looking for a sustainable way to support their young family, they came across a small cookie store in downtown Carmel and were immediately interested in the concept. Shelly's artistic creativity paired with Larry's entrepreneurial spirit gave the Pearsons an opportunity to create something special.

1980 — EXPANSION

Perfecting the recipes.

In 1980, after months of perfecting several gourmet recipes, the Pacific Cookie Company opened it's doors in the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz, California. The original cookie flavors were Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The Pacific Cookie Company quickly developed a loyal following thanks to the Pearsons' dedication to affordable gourmet cookies made with quality ingredients, impeccable customer service and sparkling clean work and retail spaces.

Following the immediate success of the Pacific Avenue store, the business expanded by delivering fresh baked cookies in many unique flavor combinations to retailers in San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Later, two more retail locations were opened within Santa Cruz County in Capitola and at the Metro bus station.

1989 — FACING SETBACKS

The Loma Prieta Earthquake.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake destroyed the original retail bakery in the Pacific Garden Mall and damaged the two other retail stores. Larry and Shelly rebounded by opening a wholesale facility and expanding the business into food service distribution of frozen cookies and pre-portioned dough drops. A key contract in 1990 with Alaska Airlines began a long relationship that enabled Pacific Cookie Company to survive and persevere despite the earthquake's impact. Due to the rebuilding of Downtown Santa Cruz, it was five years before the retail bakery re-opened in 1994 in a space across the street from the original.

TODAY — LOOKING FORWARD

Making people smile all over the country.

Today the company has expanded its distribution of frozen products throughout the Western United States. Pacific Cookie Company still delivers freshly baked cookies daily to the Northern California coast and offers gourmet cookie gifts online which can be shipped to cookie lovers across the country.

After 40 years, we continue to take pride in serving our superior fresh-baked cookies to our loyal cookie consumers. We use only the finest ingredients available including Guittard chocolate, fresh whole pasteurized eggs, pure vanilla extract and pure cane sugar to make cookies that taste like they just popped out of the oven in your mother's kitchen. Now that is special!

Cookie Timeline

  1. 1980

    Pacific Cookie Company opens with five flavors: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip with Walnuts, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips.

  2. 1986

    Cahootz, our White Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts cookie, is born!

  3. 1988

    Almond Joe, made with Chocolate Chips, Almonds and a hint of Coconut joins the Pacific Cookie Company team.

  4. 1989

    Lemon Drop, our first sugar cookie, makes it's debut! Made with pure lemon extract and creamy butter.

  5. 1991

    Dr. Midnight, also known as our Triple Chocolate cookie, joins the cookie crew.

  6. 1996

    Mint Condition, Dr. Midnight's evil sweet twin, is made with green mint chips.

  7. 2002

    Snickerdoodle, our second sugar cookie, is added to the mix! Made with cinnamon and creamy butter.

  8. 2010

    Ginger Spice, made with crystallized ginger, makes it's grand entrance!

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    Philosophy & Sustainability

    Our commitment to value inspires our philosophy on sustainability.

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    Philanthropy

    $1 of all gift order purchases donated to Cookies for Kids' Cancer

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  • Gourmet Cookie Varieties
    Gourmet Cookie Varieties

    13 delicious gourmet cookie flavors to choose from.

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    Our Retail Bakery

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