Your cookie gene has kicked in, big time. Cookies are the only thing that will put your quest to rest. But what kind do you want? The choices are stunning, and you’ll find everything you could possibly want at a bakery not too far away. Where are these places? Take a look at the list, then head out.
Sierra Rizing Bakery
7310 Highway 49
Lotus, CA 95651
(530) 642-1308
www.sierrarizing.com

Teal Triolo fired up the ovens at Sierra Rizing Bakery in 2002. The bakery has been pleasing locals and out-of-towners alike ever since. The offerings here cover a lot of ground, and everything is made fresh daily by Teal and her crew. The mouth watering delights will have you sitting down for a while, enjoying your selection of cookies, complete with a smile on your face. Take some home and share these delicious delights with your friends and family.

Freeport Bakery
2966 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 442-4256
www.freeportbakery.com

In 1987, Sacramento was lucky to have Marlene & Walter Goetzeler pull into town and buy the Freeport Bakery. History was made here, and it continues to be made to this day. Freeport is a “full line scratch bakery.” While the bakery by no means makes just cookies, the selection of cookies is amazing. What is your favorite kind of cookie? You will find it here, fresh, warm, delicious. And you can’t find this type of quality just anywhere.

Way Back Bakery
6211 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite C
El Dorado, CA 95623
(530) 626-1900
www.waybackbakery.com

It’s always good to know the head baker. Professional baking and pâtisserie chef Alisa Smith owns this small and over the top delicious bakery. The daily offerings from the ovens are amazing, with Alisa on hand to help you with your cookie and other baked good choices. Way Back Bakery can be found in the back of the building, hence the name. The cookies will quiet your cookie quest and satisfy you quite nicely.

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Zia’s
4364 Town Center Blvd.
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 939-9427
www.ziasgelato.com

It doesn’t get any better than this. Shari Coia Fulton is the lady who started Zia’s, originally founded in Placerville. You’ll want to take your time here. First, there isn’t any better coffee to be found. Make your coffee choice, then peruse the goodies. Drooling is OK. Take your pick of cookie or anything else in that display case, and find a comfortable place to sit. Everything here is the definition of fresh, plus delicious. Here’s your fair warning: you’ll probably be back, and Shari and her staff will treat you like family.

Estelles Patisserie
901 K St.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 551-1500
www.estellespatisserie.com

Estelles is very much a “French style bakery and espresso bar.” So it’s no wonder that they shop locally and bake daily. Warm and inviting, Estelles will fill your cookie needs quite nicely. They will also fill your need for a fine lunch too. Located in downtown Sacramento, it’s an easy walk from many offices and shops. The cookie run can become an everyday experience if you work anywhere close to Estelles. Indulge yourself and enjoy this little slice of France in Sacramento.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at Examiner.com.