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14 Festive Cookies in San Francisco

From gingersnaps and shortbread to speculoos and spritz, it’s high cookie season

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SF has legendary sourdough and excellent croissants, but for everyday afternoon cravings, it’s wise to know where the best cookies are lurking around town. Sure, it’s possible to pick up a chocolate chip cookie in nearly any coffee shop, but there are only a few spots that treat the classic right and hand it over while still warm. A couple of dedicated cookie shops mean serious business, and focus on all cookies, all the time. Plus, a dozen other bakeries happen to have strong contenders, even if they’re tucked away in the back of a big case.

From old-school Italian bakeries and Mexican panaderias to new spots playing with crushed cookies and cereal, there’s a cookie out there for every palate. Here are the 14 places to find the most festive cookies in SF.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Stella Pastry & Cafe

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446 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-2914
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What’s a cappuccino without a biscotti? A North Beach institution, this Italian-American bakery does sacripantina cake and tiramisu, and is also big on biscotti. They set out full sheet trays stacked with baci, amoretti, Florentines, Lindsor hearts, and thumbprints, including cookies that are dipped in chocolate or stuffed with jam. 

2. Batter Bakery

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1517 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 674-1069
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Jen Musty is a hardworking baker putting out a high volume of classic American treats, including respectable chocolate chip cookies and what might be the fudgiest brownie in town. Her sweets are easy to spot at a small storefront on Pine Street just off Polk Street, a stand at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market, and in various stores and coffee shops. And for the holidays, she has an online store filled with sugar cookies and gingerbread people, as well as decorating kits.

Shortbread cookies from Batter Bakery Batter Bakery

3. b. patisserie

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2821 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-1700
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B. Patisserie is known best for its kouign amann, the sugar-crusted cake from Brittany. But do not neglect the rest of the very generous pastry case, which includes macarons, madeleines, diamant (shortbread), chocolate sable (chocolate shortbread), and more.

Cookies at B. Patisserie B. Patisserie

4. Jane The Bakery

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1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 658-7971
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The Jane cafes are known for coffee and salad, but when Amanda Michael opened the bakery in 2013, she doubled down on pastry. In addition to excellent sourdough and croissants, the cookies loom large. The selection often includes a blackout double chocolate, chewy molasses ginger, and if you’re into cereal mashups, there are options with corn flakes and Cap’n Crunch. And during the holidays, they’re boxing up a holiday assortment for $65, as well as babka and stollen.

5. Miette Patisserie

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449 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-6221
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Miette boasts lots of sweet and stylish treats. The macarons are denser and chewier than the traditional French meringues, and are flavored with everything from pistachio to rose. But the best cookies might just be the humble biscuits, which are exceedingly crunchy and flavorful, including a fiercely spicy gingersnap, dark chocolate wafer, and malty graham cracker.

6. Hahdough

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1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 832-9523
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Baker Ha Do grew up in Berlin, and while she focuses on traditional German cakes and tortes for most of the year, she breaks out the big cookie gun for the month of December. That means vanillekipferl (powdered moons), spritzgebäck (hazelnut dipped in dark chocolate), spitzbuben (stuffed with jam), and more fun-to-pronounce treats. A bag of crisp and generously spiced cookies only costs $12.50, and don’t sleep on the mini stollen, either.

Hahdough Christmas cookies Hahdough

7. Dandelion Chocolate 16th Street Factory

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2600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 349-0942
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San Francisco’s modern chocolate factory doesn’t just craft single-origin bars, it also chops them up into sweet treats. In the cookie category, an excellent chocolate chip was obviously expected, but the brownie bite flight is a transcendent experience. Not to mention the s’mores with house-made graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, torched to order. For the season, there’s also an assorted box of “cookies for Santa” for $65, and vials of hot chocolate.

Holiday cookies from Dandelion Dandelion Chocolate

8. Arizmendi Bakery

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1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-3117
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Arizmendi, the bakery co-op with separately-operated locations in the Sunset, Mission, and East Bay, might be better known for alternative grains, vegan options, and veggie pizza. But the cookies run thick, especially the cowgirl, which is richly textured with oats, chocolate, walnuts, and coconut. And this time of year, they’re also filling cookie tins with gingersnaps, muddy snowballs, and brittle, as well as offering buche de Noel, stollen, and even fruitcake.

Cookies at Arizmendi Arizmendi Bakery

9. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

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3376 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Le Dix Sept is the newest addition to this list, bursting open in the Mission in 2020, with a beautiful array of botanically inspired pastries. Pastry chef Michelle Hernandez trained in Paris before bouncing home to the Bay, and she’s known for buttercream cakes, brioche knots, and impeccable canelés. For the holidays, she’s got a cookie box for $50, filled with sables, brownies, and bars, flavored with everything from matcha to rose.

Holiday cookies from Le Dix Sept Le Dix Sept

10. Tartine Manufactory

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595 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 757-0007
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Tartine may be known for iconic sourdough and orange-scented morning buns, but, of course, its cookies and brownies are of equally high quality. The oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and walnuts are thin and lacy, and the chocolate cookies get more dimension from earthy buckwheat flour and a sprinkle of sea salt. During the holidays, they also offer bags of coconut macaroons and gingerbread tiles.

11. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

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3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 683-5533
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Most people venture to the foggy Outer Sunset in search of Devil’s Teeth bigger-than-your-face egg sandwiches on buttery biscuits. But the bakery also cranks out at least a half dozen cookies, brownies, and bars. The shark cookies are cute for small children and surfers, and the ginger cookies are big, chewy, and spicy.

12. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 787-3354
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In addition to bagels and babka, the Bay’s leading Jewish deli also makes rugelach, the rolled and sliced cookies. Cream cheese is the tenderizer in the crumbly dough, and a sprinkle of coarse sugar adds crunch on top. Choose from dark chocolate, apricot jam, and spiced walnut fillings, but they’re really so small, a grandmother would press you to take all three.

13. La Mejor Bakery

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3329 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 655-3622

It’s always Christmas at La Mejor Bakery, the old-school Mexican panaderia boxed in at 24th and Mission, right on top of the BART Station. Behind the decorated windows, there are racks on racks of sugar cookies, conchas, and pan dulce. Bring cash and load up on crumbly butter cookies.

14. Anthony's Cookies

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1417 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 655-9834
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A self-described people pleaser, Anthony Lucas started handing cookies out to friends when he was an accounting and engineering student at SF State. Baking at Valencia and 25th for more than a decade now, he’s the Mission’s go-to cookie monger. The favorite remains the cookies-and-cream cookie, which, yes, is a cookie mashed up within a cookie. The toffee chip and German chocolate come in close behind, and the cinnamon spice and chocolate-dipped shortbread star this time of year.

1. Stella Pastry & Cafe

446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

What’s a cappuccino without a biscotti? A North Beach institution, this Italian-American bakery does sacripantina cake and tiramisu, and is also big on biscotti. They set out full sheet trays stacked with baci, amoretti, Florentines, Lindsor hearts, and thumbprints, including cookies that are dipped in chocolate or stuffed with jam. 

446 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Batter Bakery

1517 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Shortbread cookies from Batter Bakery Batter Bakery

Jen Musty is a hardworking baker putting out a high volume of classic American treats, including respectable chocolate chip cookies and what might be the fudgiest brownie in town. Her sweets are easy to spot at a small storefront on Pine Street just off Polk Street, a stand at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market, and in various stores and coffee shops. And for the holidays, she has an online store filled with sugar cookies and gingerbread people, as well as decorating kits.

1517 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. b. patisserie

2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Cookies at B. Patisserie B. Patisserie

B. Patisserie is known best for its kouign amann, the sugar-crusted cake from Brittany. But do not neglect the rest of the very generous pastry case, which includes macarons, madeleines, diamant (shortbread), chocolate sable (chocolate shortbread), and more.

2821 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Jane The Bakery

1881 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115

The Jane cafes are known for coffee and salad, but when Amanda Michael opened the bakery in 2013, she doubled down on pastry. In addition to excellent sourdough and croissants, the cookies loom large. The selection often includes a blackout double chocolate, chewy molasses ginger, and if you’re into cereal mashups, there are options with corn flakes and Cap’n Crunch. And during the holidays, they’re boxing up a holiday assortment for $65, as well as babka and stollen.

1881 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115

5. Miette Patisserie

449 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Miette boasts lots of sweet and stylish treats. The macarons are denser and chewier than the traditional French meringues, and are flavored with everything from pistachio to rose. But the best cookies might just be the humble biscuits, which are exceedingly crunchy and flavorful, including a fiercely spicy gingersnap, dark chocolate wafer, and malty graham cracker.

449 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Hahdough

1221 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Hahdough Christmas cookies Hahdough

Baker Ha Do grew up in Berlin, and while she focuses on traditional German cakes and tortes for most of the year, she breaks out the big cookie gun for the month of December. That means vanillekipferl (powdered moons), spritzgebäck (hazelnut dipped in dark chocolate), spitzbuben (stuffed with jam), and more fun-to-pronounce treats. A bag of crisp and generously spiced cookies only costs $12.50, and don’t sleep on the mini stollen, either.

1221 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. Dandelion Chocolate 16th Street Factory

2600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Holiday cookies from Dandelion Dandelion Chocolate

San Francisco’s modern chocolate factory doesn’t just craft single-origin bars, it also chops them up into sweet treats. In the cookie category, an excellent chocolate chip was obviously expected, but the brownie bite flight is a transcendent experience. Not to mention the s’mores with house-made graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, torched to order. For the season, there’s also an assorted box of “cookies for Santa” for $65, and vials of hot chocolate.

2600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Arizmendi Bakery

1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Cookies at Arizmendi Arizmendi Bakery

Arizmendi, the bakery co-op with separately-operated locations in the Sunset, Mission, and East Bay, might be better known for alternative grains, vegan options, and veggie pizza. But the cookies run thick, especially the cowgirl, which is richly textured with oats, chocolate, walnuts, and coconut. And this time of year, they’re also filling cookie tins with gingersnaps, muddy snowballs, and brittle, as well as offering buche de Noel, stollen, and even fruitcake.

1331 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

9. Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie

3376 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Holiday cookies from Le Dix Sept Le Dix Sept

Le Dix Sept is the newest addition to this list, bursting open in the Mission in 2020, with a beautiful array of botanically inspired pastries. Pastry chef Michelle Hernandez trained in Paris before bouncing home to the Bay, and she’s known for buttercream cakes, brioche knots, and impeccable canelés. For the holidays, she’s got a cookie box for $50, filled with sables, brownies, and bars, flavored with everything from matcha to rose.

3376 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Tartine Manufactory

595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Tartine may be known for iconic sourdough and orange-scented morning buns, but, of course, its cookies and brownies are of equally high quality. The oatmeal cookies with dark chocolate and walnuts are thin and lacy, and the chocolate cookies get more dimension from earthy buckwheat flour and a sprinkle of sea salt. During the holidays, they also offer bags of coconut macaroons and gingerbread tiles.

595 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Devil's Teeth Baking Company

3876 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Most people venture to the foggy Outer Sunset in search of Devil’s Teeth bigger-than-your-face egg sandwiches on buttery biscuits. But the bakery also cranks out at least a half dozen cookies, brownies, and bars. The shark cookies are cute for small children and surfers, and the ginger cookies are big, chewy, and spicy.

3876 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

12. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

In addition to bagels and babka, the Bay’s leading Jewish deli also makes rugelach, the rolled and sliced cookies. Cream cheese is the tenderizer in the crumbly dough, and a sprinkle of coarse sugar adds crunch on top. Choose from dark chocolate, apricot jam, and spiced walnut fillings, but they’re really so small, a grandmother would press you to take all three.

3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. La Mejor Bakery

3329 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

It’s always Christmas at La Mejor Bakery, the old-school Mexican panaderia boxed in at 24th and Mission, right on top of the BART Station. Behind the decorated windows, there are racks on racks of sugar cookies, conchas, and pan dulce. Bring cash and load up on crumbly butter cookies.

3329 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Anthony's Cookies

1417 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

A self-described people pleaser, Anthony Lucas started handing cookies out to friends when he was an accounting and engineering student at SF State. Baking at Valencia and 25th for more than a decade now, he’s the Mission’s go-to cookie monger. The favorite remains the cookies-and-cream cookie, which, yes, is a cookie mashed up within a cookie. The toffee chip and German chocolate come in close behind, and the cinnamon spice and chocolate-dipped shortbread star this time of year.

1417 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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