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Mar 26, 2009 04:05 PM

ISO cookies, scones in Berkeley for tea party

I'm planning to have a tea party for my roommate's birthday and I wanted to know the best places to buy small cookies (by the pound) and/or scones in Berkeley or North Oakland. Since we're students, the cheaper the better.

On a semi-related note, can I find clotted cream at groceries like Whole Foods or would I need to go to a British specialty goods store?

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  1. You can get good little cookies at the Market Hall Bakery in Rockridge, but I don't know if they have scones. Pasta Shop might have clotted cream, too, you could call them to check. Also, check with 4th Street Pasta Shop, depending on where in Berkeley you are.

    1. Might check Butter Cream in Albany. I believe they offer the scones and cookies w/ their afternoon tea service, so they probably sell them as well.

      1. I did see them at The Pasta Shop, but be warned, it's expensive!

        I also saw it at Andronico's.

        1. They sell clotted cream at Whole Foods.

          Masse's pastries sells scones (not too big, which is great for a tea party) and small cookies (not by the pound, generally 60 cents each) which would work well.

          1. You might try Neldams for cookies by the pound.

            If you can bake at all, you might want to do some things yourself -- here's a thread, with recipes, for a tea party I had recently:

            This recipe is particularly easy and delicious:

            Neldam's Danish Bakery
            3401 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              I agree with this. I ALWAYS bake my own scones when I have a tea party, and make my own lemon curd. It is so worth it. I make the scones about half size, so that people can have more than 1 if they like. I usually make a plain base, then add chopped bittersweet chocolate to a third, and currants and/or lemon zest to another third.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                thanks! I did see your thread -- really helpful. I think we will end up making our own scones, and I want to try that oatemal shortbread recipe