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Nothing beats a freshly baked cookie to invoke feelings of warmth and comfort. Cookies provide the perfect portable sweet snack and don’t involve the hassle of a sit-down dessert. San Franciscans looking for a little sugary instant gratification can find everything from the sugar cookie to gluten-free chocolate chip. Here are five of the best spots to buy cookies in San Francisco.

Batter Bakery
2127 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 674-1069

With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and the incorporation of whole grains, Batter Bakery is a strong supporter of local farmers and seasonal eating. In addition to cookies, the bakery also sells coffeecakes, quick breads, scones and muffins. Cookie options range from biscotti and buttery shortbread  to cherry ginger and classic chocolate chip. Cookies are available individually, or by the dozen. Swing by during cookie happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m. to score discounted cookies and nab one of the must-have Sand Angels.

Anthony’s Cookies
1417 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 655-9834

Located in the Mission, Anthony’s Cookies is one of the rare bakeries that specializes solely in the delightful sweet treat. In order to satisfy a cookie craving at any time, Anthony’s is conveniently open seven days a week, but make sure to arrive early for the best selection. Regularly baked offerings include toffee, classic and white chocolate chip, as well as whole wheat oatmeal raisin and a gluten free chocolate chip. Numerous other flavors appearing in rotation include double dark chocolate, candied pecan and peanut butter. Cookies are a straightforward one ounce each and are sold for $1.50 apiece.

1460 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-3222

The Fillmore’s Bumzy’s chocolate chip cookie hails from a multi-generational family recipe and was recently featured in the “Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book.” For over 30 years, Bumzy’s has been cranking out their famous chocolate chip cookies to hungry San Franciscans. The bakery has since expanded beyond the original recipe and now offers a variety of cookies. Options include peanut butter, lemon frosted, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia. The store is closed on Sundays and offers shipping within the United States.

Goody Goodie Cream And Sugar
1830 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-6370

Another Mission bakery, Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar serves up a variety of cookies, muffins, pastries, waffles and select savory bites. All cookies are baked on-site in small batches. The Old School chocolate chip cookie was voted 2010’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in San Francisco. Other tempting choices include the chocolate studded Coconut Five-Oh and the chocolate and candied popcorn filled Circus cookie. Cookies are sold by the half dozen, and delivery within the city is available for a fee.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600

Open since 2002, Tartine Bakery is run by husband and wife duo Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt. With Zagat ratings and James Beard awards to their acclaim, the Tartine Bakery is a sure bet when it comes to finding a delectable pastry. The bakery’s café menu includes a varied selection of cookies ranging from shortbread and walnut butter to gingerbread and chocolate salted rye. Cookies are sold individually and prices vary.

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