Since I am visiting with my husband on a job site in Northern California for a few weeks, I thought I would explore the surrounding area and some of the food that can be found here. A friend of mine in New York City writes constantly about getting cupcakes and such from various bakeries throughout the city. I thought this would be a great place to begin my explorations. I did a quick Google search and found the Cookie Tree. It is a place that has served Yuba City and the surrounding areas for twenty-six years. Their website (http://www.cookietree.net/) is simple and the cookies looked promising. The reviews for the place were glowing. The new location is in the heart of downtown Yuba City. The whole area has recently been remodeled and I was very glad to see that the businesses there were open and there were many people shopping. When we were here last time, about a year or so ago, downtown was very quiet and most of the businesses were closed because of the construction blocking the roads and sidewalks.
I stopped at Mr. Pickle Sandwiches for a bite of lunch before heading to the Cookie Tree right around the corner (Delicious turkey, cheese, salami, and ham sandwich on sourdough bread BTW). The Cookie Tree looks clean and smells like you would expect when you walk in, like fresh baked cookies. I walked around the case to where their cupcakes were. They were very pretty but they only had a few regular flavored ones there that day (vanilla, chocolate, cherry). I decided to get a dozen cookies. They have a very large selection of cookies ranging from regular chocolate chip to oatmeal chocolate chip to the Rascal – a peanut butter and chocolate swirled cookie. I chose just about one of every cookie except the ones with walnuts because, well, I don’t like walnuts 😛 They were out of menus for the day but their website has a list of all the flavors they have each day.
I ended up getting:
Molasses (One of the Specials of the Day):
So far we have tried the White Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookie which my husband said tasted a little off. I tried to get him to tell me what that meant but he said he didn’t know and that it was just different. He said maybe it was a little old or something. I tasted the chocolate chip cookie, chocolate crackle cookie, butterscotch oatmeal cookie, and the black and white. I thought all three were very good. They were slightly under baked, which I like. When I worked for the bakery in NJ, I learned that this helps the cookies stay softer for longer as well. The chocolate crackle cookie is like eating a delicious brownie with a crunchy exterior. The butterscotch cookie tasted like my favorite flavor of oatmeal, cinnamon roll. I have enjoyed the cookies I have tried so far and will definitely get more next time we are up here.