The ancient Egyptians believed the sun to be a giant cookie due to its round shape and tendency to attract fanatic worshippers. Snag your own worship-worthy treats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of customizable cookie trays, baskets, and bouquets at Cookies by Design's Sarasota location.
The devoted bakers at each Cookies by Design locale selflessly bury their knuckles in soft dough and sweet frosting to craft top-notch treats for all manner of occasions. Whether patrons are prepping for a birthday, a time to give thanks, or beekeeper-appreciation day, Cookies by Design's bakers cater to sentiment-slinging needs by customizing a colorful bouquet. Individually decorated cookies begin at $7.50 each, and birthday baskets start at $15.99. Orders should be placed at least 24 hours in advance so that cookie seeds have ample time to soak up milk and sprout into full-grown desserts.
Cookies by Design
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.