Easter Orders Are Now Closed
Spaans' history in the baking business dates to 1896 when our great-grandfather, Peter Spaans, became an apprentice baker in Holland. Peter and his wife immigrated to America in 1912 and he later opened his first bakery in Muir, Michigan. By 1922 he was running a bakery route in the country, selling bread for seven cents a loaf.
After learning the bakery trade from his father, first born William, our grandfather opened a bakery in 1935, the Spaans Dutch Bakery in Muskegon, Michigan. In the early 1940's, William and his brother Peter became partners in Spaans Brothers Baking Company.
William and his family moved to sunny California where they opened and ran a bakery in Modesto from 1948-1958. They wanted to live in a smaller town so they moved thirty miles south of Sacramento to Galt in 1958 (population 1,200). All of Williams' children were raised working in the bakery. Jim Spaans returned to the bakery business in 1969 after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Humboldt State University. Jim and his wife Sharon, along with their children are now the sole owners of Spaans Cookie Company., Inc. All three of Jims' children, Darren, Melissa and Rick have worked in the family business. Currently Jim, Melissa, Rick and Jim's son-in-law, Loren Thompson, run the day-to-day operations while Sharon keeps the company store stocked with tea and gift items.
Over 100 years after Peter Spaans learned the art of baking in Holland, his great-grandchildren are still baking with some of his original recipes.
Great-grandpa said, "Use the best ingredients and give people their money's worth." Good advice over 100 years ago, and we still go by it today.
We invite you to browse the categories to the left (rolls, pies, cheesecake, breads, kuchen, scones and turnovers). We are confident that you will find everything you need for that special occasion.
Our retail store is located at:
456 C Street Galt, CA 95632
209.745.1974 extension 23
(Closed every Sunday)