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Nite Owl Chocolate Chip Cookie | Image courtesy of Nite Owl Cookies
Nite Owl Chocolate Chip Cookie | Image courtesy of Nite Owl Cookies

He said it somewhat nonchalantly, as a retort to my elated joy at feeling a plastic bag full of warm miniature assorted cookies.

“We only deliver warm cookies,” he said, without the slightest of smiles on his face.

I accepted his stoic stance, while I attempted to cover up my schoolgirl giggles at the delight of warm cookies in the palm of my hand. It was somewhere around midnight, and I felt as though I was Cinderella — however, my Prince Charming was the delivery boy for Nite Owl Cookies, a cookie delivery business based in Santa Cruz.

Nite Owl’s website eliminates any of the hassles associated with ordering via phone, as the online “shopping cart” allowed me to leisurely place my order, as I carelessly wavered between ordering a plain chocolate chip cookie and an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from Nite Owl are unlike any cookie available in the entire Santa Cruz County. With a slight crispness of texture and irresistibly warm inside, these prove to be the superior cookies on the shelf. Every square inch of the cookie is packed with the perfect ratio of chocolate chips to oatmeal, as they both heavenly intertwine in your mouth with each bite. Alongside a glass of milk, it would be absurd to imagine anyone who could not enjoy such a simple pleasure.

As most students on campus are without a car, and the buses are often a cesspool of flu germs, it seems perfectly reasonable to order in food on occasion. With hours stretching from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., this compromises for students’ hour-and-a-half void of open on-campus dining halls.

Delivery time for Nite Owl Cookies can range from 30 to 45 minutes, the perfect amount of time it takes to activate the salivary glands, providing for optimum conditions once the cookies arrive. As promised, they will arrive warm and ready to be devoured instantaneously.

Nite Owl Cookies offers a free delivery service throughout Santa Cruz and the UCSC campus every night. They offer classic cookies, such as chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, peanut butter, and Snickerdoodles. In addition to the ordinary favorites, Nite Owl serves a vegan chocolate chip cookie and a brownie cookie, catering to the genuine chocolate lovers.

Sugary goodies are not all that Nite Owl has to offer. Condoms, Pong Packages consisting of 25 cups and three ping-pong balls, dice, and Nite Owl Cookie shirts are among the additional commodities Nite Owl has to offer.

Should the woes of midnight studying require a cookie hiatus, be sure to give Nite Owl a call at (831) 432-NITE, or order online at