Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Grandma's Cookies’ bakers craft succulent cookies and cupcakes using time-tested recipes originated more than 30 years ago by grandmotherly founder Charlotte Thompson. Dough disks abound in traditional flavors such as chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, or oatmeal raisin or, depending on the season, sugar sprinkle or ginger spice ($0.60 each). Order a cookie a la mode to pair a lucky sugar circle with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, or stock up with a dozen cookies ($6) before attempting for barter with fur traders. Grandma's shrink-rayed cakes come in a triad of mouthwatering, seasonally rotating flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ($0.95/each, $9.50/dozen). Glasses of freshly brewed iced tea and lemonade wash down sweet treats or fill the moat around a freshly constructed cupcake castle.
Included on Bon Appétit’s 2010 list of the top 10 best donut shops in the United States, The Donut Stop has been serving up glazed, cake, and custard-filled rounds since 1953. A large red stop sign urges passersby to pop in at the white, standalone shop for a raspberry jelly donut, maple-iced long john, or a cinnamon glob, a massive ball of cinnamon-swirled dough dipped in glaze. For birthdays, The Donut Stop offers cake-sized donuts that can reflect your actual age or the age when you discovered that Santa Claus only eats oatmeal raisin cookies.
Touting more than 100 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, chocolate peanut butter, and multiple hot chocolate offerings. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, are low-fat or fat-free, with dairy-free, soy, kosher, and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of protein, calcium, and probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Tutti Frutti also offers fresh smoothies, Belgian waffles with an array of toppings, hot tea, coffee, and lattes.
It’s the classic conundrum: an intense craving for cookies, but not enough time, motivation, or bribe money for the Keebler Elf syndicate to satisfy the yearning. Dough to Door has discovered a way to satiate this craving without forcing busy civilians to slave over an oven for hours or spend precious gas driving to the store; they whip up batches of custom cookies themselves and deliver them right to customers' doorsteps. Patrons choose from bases of five types of dough—including oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate—before opting to add mix-ins of dried fruit, crumbled candy bars, eight types of chips, and nuts. Ready-made cookies are also available to take away the pressures of decision-making.