Like a moth to a flame, you’ll be drawn to the corner of California and Kearny Street. It was around 10:00am on a weekday when we first spied Batter Bakery‘s little lit up kiosk in San Francisco. Warm and inviting, and crammed full of freshly baked cookies, our productive plans went straight out the window once we stumbled upon Batter’s charming walk up window.
There were chocolate fog cookies made out of seven different kinds of chocolate, buckwheat scones made out of walnuts and figs, caramel nib brownies, devil’s food cupcakes, carrot ginger quick breads and way too many other delicious smelling things. Our circuits were already completed overloaded when we dared to ask what the “GC” on the name plates stood for. Apparently GC means, “gluten conscious,” but we weren’t really sure what that meant either, so we inquired further while trying not to drool on the window. Batter’s goodies are made in a facility that isn’t gluten free, so hypothetically a crafty particle of gluten could contaminate yummy bits of baked goodness. This means that Batter’s delights labeled GC are perfectly fine for people who have a sensitivity, but not a severe gluten allergy. We immediately offered to eat any and all gluten contaminated goods.
Feeling more edumacated and still starving, we opted for two different kinds of cookies. A peanut butter chocolate chip cookie and a cookie that Batter Bakery calls the sand angel. Both cookies were chewy and absolutely delicious, but the sand angel had a really unique flavor to it. Made out of Batter’s top secret recipe, the sand angel cookie tastes a bit like what a snickerdoodle and a molasses cookie’s love child might be like. Next time we visit Batter Bakery, we’re going to have to give their handmade graham crackers a whirl.
Batter Bakery’s owner, Jen Musty, made a pretty rad career change when she went from being a public accountant to helming a boutique bakery. Boy are we glad she made that move. Every bit of grub Batter Bakery creates is made with seasonal flavors in mind. (Which means we might have to make room in our schedule to stalk the kiosk for Batter Bakery’s pumpkin bread over the next few weeks.)
Whether you’re in need of a scrumptious scone or some homemade granola, it’s easy to spy something sweet at Batter Bakery. If you’re based in the Bay Area, you can order ahead of time (24 to 48 hours advance notice is preferred) on Batter Bakery’s website and local pickup at Batter’s Pine Street location is free. Local delivery in San Francisco proper will run you $15.00 to have a courier transport cookies to you, but you’ll have to purchase at least $50.00 worth of deliciousness in order to hit the minimum order requirement. If you’re based out of state or outside of the Bay Area you can still indulge in a bit of Batter Bakery’s sweetness. Orders within the state of California typically arrive overnight and Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico usually get their orders on the second day. Other states get their Batter Bakery sugar fix via USPS Priority Mail, so you can satiate your cravings in about two to three business days. This holiday season, we’re fairly certain we’ll be adding a year of cookies subscription from Batter Bakery to our foodie wish list.
*In addition to the kiosk we reviewed above, there are four additional Batter locations in San Francisco.
Address: 555 California Street
San Francisco, California 94104
Hours: Monday Through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: (415) 706-8076
Pricing (All in USD): A Six Ounce Box of (Chocolate Hazelnut, Lavender Sea Salt, Meyer Lemon Pink Salt, Orange Pistachio Shortbread or Shortbread Minis $7.75, Four Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies $8.00, Handmade Graham Crackers $7.75, A Box of Four Carmelitas $16.00, Six Chocolate Chip Cookies $19.50, A Half Dozen Assorted Cookies $19.50, A Dozen Assorted Cookies $36.00, $425 for a Yearly Subscription of Cookies