My kitchen contains some very delicious cookies right now - just things I've discovered in my regular peregrinations around town, and I thought I'd share the love.
Cost Plus/World Market - Northbeach and Westlake.
A big decorative tin of Swedish pepparkakor: very, very thin aromatic gingersnaps. 2# - $9. So delicious - please leave a tin for me, Im going back for more. This may be available only for the season. I've never seen them there before. They've also got a bunch of other imported cookies, and some high-end choc. truffles for half price, but I didn't buy any.
Safeway - Church & Market, Taraval, Ocean Beach, Marina, outer Mission St, Potrero & 16th.
I've done my homework, and I'm here to declare, barring a successful challenge, to be sure...that Safeway's in-house bakery is making the best chocolate chunk cookies in SF. They make them with all natural ingredients - with BUTTER if you can believe it! They're really big, crispy enough outside, chewy inside - perfecto! Just the perfect treat while watching the "Simpsons" in the evening.
Costco - South of Market.
Costco seems to have top-o-the-line brands at rock bottom prices. Oh, you already knew that...well, maybe you don't know they have the BEST shortbread, the shortbread sold through Prince Charles' (yes, THAT Prince Charles) natural foods business, "Duchy Originals" - Walker's Scottish Shortbread.
Huge decorative tartan tin - 5# - I think it was about $8.
Also at Costco - Nonni's brand biscotti. I saw this brand in some of the best catalogs I get - Zabar's I think. One has almonds and is dipped in dark choc., the other is spicy and dipped in white choc.
Other SF cookie tips picked up (thanks to chowhound.com) recently:
Emporio Rulli on Chestnut st. in the Marina.
I just thought they were in Marin. This place may be the best quality Italian baking around. I can't wait to go there.
Also, apparently there's an Italian bakery on Mission st. in the outer 20's. I haven't been there yet either, but I've been disappointed by the cookies in the bakeries in Northbeach, so these are exciting prospects.
QUESTION: Are Mallomars available anywhere in SF, or the Bay Area, for that matter? There's an interesting article about them today in the NY Times. Mallomars are a triple threat: a squat marshmallow sitting beret-like atop a (graham?)cookie, the whole thing dipped in chocolate. What a classic, the thought of biting into one excites me even now. I hadn't thought about them in years. The article states they're mostly available on the East Coast. It compares them to Proust's Madeleines...