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About Us

December 1981 brought the opening of The Cookie Tree. Two friends, after visits to San Francisco and other cities, decided they could make cookies just as good, if not better, than they had already experienced. With a limited amount of money, they set out and purchased used equipment, one oven, one pastry case, a used cash register, and found a little location on Plumas Street in Yuba City, California.  There they opened their gourmet cookie bakery. With no money for advertising, they counted on the quality of their product and the service they could offer their customers to build the foundation of their business. It was a success!


Three years later, one of the partners retired, leaving Sue and Russ Smith as the sole owners of The Cookie Tree. Sadly the company's patriarch Russ Smith, would pass away in 2018.  With the business nearing its 40th year, owner Sue Smith has expanded the company that now employs more than 20 people, donated thousands of dozens of cookies each year to their community, and have expanded for the third time!   The current location is a beautiful 2,500 square foot store with an open concept baking area where customers can watch the talented baking staff prepare their delectable offerings. The store operates with four ovens, has three display cases, and continues to offer the area's finest products and service.


Baking fresh cookies daily and never compromising on quality ingredients has been the key to the success of their business. Because of the reputation of their product and service, The Cookie Tree's owner has been commissioned by many other families to assist in opening other cookie businesses around the United States, all of which are extremely successful today.


With consistency and a bit of innovativeness, The Cookie Tree continues to grow and change shape daily all the while the basis of the business remains the same, the cookies - baked fresh daily, always using quality, fresh ingredients, and never compromising on baking standards, The Cookie Tree will be here for generations to come.

Celebrating 38 years in business!  Thank you for your never-ending support.  It is our pleasure to serve you.


The Cookie Tree Mission Statement:

Establish The Cookie Tree as the incomparable baking company by creating the undeniably best tasting gourmet cookies and baked goods, never compromising on quality ingredients or the integrity of our product while creating lasting personal relationships that enrich both our customers and our business.

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In Loving Memory of: Russ Smith

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