Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Ask The Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Black Jet Baking Co., San Francisco

[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

There's something irresistible about a big honkin' cookie covered in cracks and crevices. Or about a huge slice of coffee cake that's homey and crumb-topped, not too beautiful to be devoured in big, greedy bites. That's the secret that Gillian Shaw, owner of Black Jet Baking Co., obviously knows about baking.

The sweets at her kiosk in the Ferry Building are rustic without sacrificing depth of flavor. She's won over San Franciscans with her pies (they come whole, in a jar, or as a sort of pie-pocket), big chewy cookies, and buttery bars. The only downside to the generous portion sizes? It can be difficult to eat more than one or two items. So here's a guide to picking the best, chosen by Gillian herself.

Black Jet Baking Co.

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94105 (map)
(415) 845-9925; blackjetbakingco.com

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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