Our Story

Anna’s Danish Cookies began in 1935, when Anna Donnelly opened her small cookie shop in the Mission district in San Francisco specializing in Danish cookie assortments made from Anna’s traditional family recipes. Three generations of the Donnelly family ran the store for over 65 years, selling cookies over the counter, and scores of people made a tradition of giving the cookies during the holidays. Many Anna’s customers still remember when their mother, aunt, or loved one, walked them into the store near 18th and Guerrero and bought the white and red box of cookies for the holidays (and got a sample for free). Our customers still say that the holidays are never the same without Anna’s cookies. Ralph Donnelly ran Anna’s until he was well into his eighties. The store was sold in 2003 to their close friends, the Haggarty's, who moved it to San Mateo where they lived at the time. The Anna’s cookie tradition is carried on there today. You can still buy the traditional white baker’s box with the Anna’s logo. Come in and share a story or two. Share the Anna’s tradition!