Don't let the name fool you: butter cookies are made from more than just butter. At Cutest Cookies, each from-scratch batch incorporates 10 ingredients, including vanilla, flour, and meringue powder. From here, however, the similarities between each peanut- and tree nut-free batch end. Customers determine every cookie's color, shape, and design, ranging from wedding cookies decorated like tuxedos and dresses to birthday cookies ornamented with replicated pictures of the birthday boy or girl.
Bakers make the order one to two days before a customer's event, hand-decorating each cookie with individually mixed icing colors. To ensure freshness, they place every cookie in a cellophane bag fastened with a matching ribbon. If left in original packaging, an airtight container, or your mouth unchewed, the cookies will stay fresh for an entire month.
Mother Mousse sates sweet teeth with homemade baked goods, including specialty cakes, cookies, dessert trays, and more. Cookies come in a menagerie of colorful shapes and themes including farm animals, sports, holidays, flowers, and Samuel L. Jackson characters ($1–$10 each or $15+ by the pound). Starting with a moist vanilla or chocolate foundation, Mother Mousse’s cake architects craft edible yurts to the customer’s exact specifications. Add delectable furnishings with standard fillings and toppings including chocolate mousse or lightly sweetened whipped cream ($24+), or accent with deluxe décor, such as red-velvet cake slathered with chocolate ganache ($26+).
Though its name suggests a place solely offering baked goods, Jonathan's Bakery tackles appetites with a mix of all-day breakfast items and an array of hearty sandwiches. The eatery’s fluffy pastries and hand-rolled bagels, made with natural ingredients and free of preservatives or additives, pair up with beverages from the Zagat-rated coffee bar or cups of rainwater brought from home. Patrons looking for more sustenance can opt for specialty sandwiches stuffed with Boar's Head brand meats, hot paninis served on european flatbread, and house dressing-topped cheeseburgers made with 100% fresh beef.
Ivy doles out an impressive and extensive catalog of 9-inch pies, made from scratch in small batches (click here for a printable menu). Fork into meringue madness with a frothy chocolate banana or coconut cream, or aim to please with apple. More adventurous eaters can send a creative mouth message with the green-hued avocado. Custards, nut pies, cobblers, and chocolate selections round out the extensive menu. All 9-inch pies on the menu are included with your Groupon, though some pies are seasonal.
The duo behind Baked draw inspiration from their favorite childhood treats, adding quality ingredients and interesting mixes of flavors. Star players on the menu include peanut butter and jam bars, seasonally flavored whoopee pies, and rich, fudgy brownies that are a favorite of Oprah.
For pastry chef Danielle Moore of Annie Mae's Bakery, baking began as a way of spending time with her grandmother, Annie Mae. And it was at her grandmother's side that Danielle learned the science behind baking and of her own passion for creating desserts. As an adult, Danielle now uses these skills—as well as her continued learning of new baking trends—to create chewy cookies, fluffy cakes, and creamy cheesecakes. Her specialty is her cake in a jar, which she serves with only a spoon and a chalkboard label denoting the flavor inside. These cakes come in a variety of flavors, but the most eye-catching is the denim-blue velvet's blend of white frosting and dyed dark-blue cake. For special occasions, Danielle can mold cakes in custom designs suitable for a child's birthday or showing someone what a basketball looks like.