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.
For the most snow-like consistency, T-Good's Shaved Ice slices its ice into thin, fluffy flakes. After it's prepared, customers can choose to top this base with as many of the 40 different flavored syrups as they'd like. They can also choose sugar-free options or pair their dessert with ice cream for a creamier treat.
The bakers at The Cupcake Diva & Bakery mix made-from-scratch batter for cinnamon rolls, fresh breads, cookies, and pies every day. They also swirl creamy frosting on top of cupcakes before topping them off with a chocolate morsel or perhaps a bit of lime zest. For special occasions, they sculpt their tasty wedding and birthday cakes into edible works of art, and they whip up Christmas sugar cookies that can come pre-decorated or, for the families who want to add their own horns to Santa's head, plain.
The Old Sattler Baking Company is an old-fashioned bakery and café where passerby are welcome to linger over coffee and quaint conversation. All of Old Sattler's baked goods are prepared from scratch daily, including the signature ekmek bread, custom cakes, pastries, pies, and rolls. In an atmosphere reminiscent of the late ’50s, cozy up to the breakfast menu and choose the Eggs O'Brian, which features an egg duo napping on a bed of southern-cut hash browns ($6.39), or try resident-baker Lesley's french toast ($6.39). Strawberry-and-cream crêpes ($3.99), berry blintzes ($3.99), and peach crêpes ($3.99) pacify the sweet tooth, while a meal of chicken-fried steak and eggs ($8.99) thoroughly cleans up after hungerquakes.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3), or practice making kissy faces by puckering up to a lemon bar ($1.50) instead of an already slanderized milkman. Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.