Though it's a single-store operation in California and doesn't ship its wares beyond the Golden State, Sweet Adeline Bake Shop's
cookies are so delicious that they've been nominated for a Luxist award anyway.
Located at the intersection of Adeline and 63rd Streets in Berkeley, Sweet Adeline
is owned and operated by Jennifer Millar. A Culinary Institute of America chef, Millar gained early experience working for Jam's, Bud's and Hulot's in New York; in 1988, she moved to California and became pastry chef at Square One in San Francisco before starting Sweet Adeline.
Today, Sweet Adeline
is one of the Bay Area's best cookie makers. Its offerings include the bittersweet chocolate cookie, praline cookie, ginger cookie, peanut butter cookie; beyond cookies, the bakery offers a host of breads, tarts, pies and cakes. Everything is made in small batches, and most of the ingredients used are organic and local. The bakery's fruit usually comes from the vendors at the Berkeley Farmers' Market.Sweet Adeline
also specializes in baking cakes. Favorites include The Americana, a dark-chocolate, Devil's-Food-style cake that's filled and iced with a creamy dark chocolate ganache (9-inch cake: $35) and the Rigo Jancsi, a chocolate soufflé filled with chocolate ganache and raspberry jam or fresh raspberries, glazed in chocolate (9-inch cake: $40).Vote for the company you believe makes the best cookies. Readers' Choice Winners will be announced on March 1st.