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. Larry came from a strong business background, developed during seven years working under three very successful entrepreneurs, and becoming an entrepreneur himself was appealing to him. Shelly's artistic creativity paired with Larry's entrepreneurial spirit gave the Pearsons an opportunity to create something special. In 1980 after months of perfecting several gourmet cookie recipes, the Pacific Cookie Company retail bakery was opened on 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 cookie 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 freshly baked cookies in many unique flavor combinations to retailers in the 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.
In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake destroyed the company’s headquarters, the original retail bakery on the Pacific Garden Mall and damaged the two other retail stores. Larry and Shelly rebounded by opening a large wholesale facility and expanding the cookie business into foodservice 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 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 the company has expanded its distribution of frozen products throughout the Western United States. Pacific Cookie still delivers freshly baked cookies daily on the Northern California coast and since 1995 has sold gourmet cookie gifts online and shipped them to cookie lovers across the country.
After thirty 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, pure cane sugar and unbromated-unbleached flour to make cookies that taste like they just popped out of the oven in your mother's kitchen. Now that is special!
Sweet things our customers are saying about us...
Finally someone understands what a cookie should be! I'm a huge cookie fan, and would eat all of my meals in cookie form, if only there were enough good cookies. Yours make the grade! I just tried the Dr. Midnight, and am savoring each one. They have the perfect balance of salt and vanilla and are not too sweet - just the way I like them. And you can taste the real butter. Thanks!!! (P.S. - I don't weigh 400 pounds, I just love good cookies)
- E. Shinabargar
They are DELICIOUS!!! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. We bought the Oatmeal Raisin and the Lemon Drop. They are fresh and homemade tasting and we can't wait to get some more....the big box this time!!! - C. Williams
You’re the best! I've used you guys 4 times now and your group has always been one of the nicest and most helpful companies I've worked with. - T.McRiley
I just wanted to let you know how much my family, friends and I enjoy these cookies. They've been a hit at our recent holiday gatherings, and everyone always asks us when we'll order more. The cookies have excellent quality, and they're packaged beautifully. We have been very pleased with every delivery we've received, and we will certainly be ordering more in the future. Thank you for such excellent service and cookies! - B. Herrera
Company Philosophy & Sustainability Practices
Philanthropy - Cookies for Kids' Cancer
Gourmet Cookie Varieties
$1 of all gift purchases will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies to fight pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded in 2008 by Gretchen and Larry Witt, parents inspired by their son’s ongoing battle with pediatric cancer. In 2007 when 2-year old Liam was diagnosed with a deadly form of pediatric cancer called Neuroblastoma, his family learned quickly it is a cancer that only about 30% of children survive. They were shocked to hear the reason for such terrible odds was directly related to how little money was being spent on research by both the government and the pharmaceutical industry. Determined to get involved and change the funding gap, Liam’s mom, Gretchen, organized a holiday cookie sale with a team of more than 250 volunteers who baked and sold 96,000 cookies. The sale raised more than $400,000 in support of a promising pediatric cancer treatment and led to the founding of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization that supports all types of pediatric cancer.
Cookies for Kids' Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help in the fight against pediatric cancer. Through the simple concept of holding a local bake sale under the banner of Cookies for Kids' Cancer, individuals and businesses have the ability to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to directly support research at comprehensive cancer centers across the country; research that would not take place without support from private organizations and philanthropy like Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
Click here to learn more about our 13 gourmet cookies varieties.Our Retail Store
For fresh baked cookies straight out of the oven, please visit our retail bakery at
1203 Pacific Avenue, in the beautiful Downtown Santa Cruz.