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 treat with today's Groupon: for $16, you get a 13-inch chocolate-chip-cookie cake (a $34.99 value) at Cookies by Design. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.
Each colorful confectionery centerpiece at Cookies by Design is crafted from batches of dough handmade on site. Sweet-tooth-slaying artisans hand-decorate each cookie cake on location, personalizing the chocolate-chip-laden round with one of four available icing themes—customers can opt for a cake sporting Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Thomas the Tank Engine, or Happy Birthday with icing balloons. Thirteen-inch pan creations emerge from the kitchen ready to feed entire Little League teams or one big friendly giant.
Cookies By Design
Without a job, single mother Gwen Willhite was facing a difficult situation. But a sweet solution relieved her tough times: she assembled homemade cookies into a more sugary version of the bouquet, an idea she thought would be perfect for gift-giving. The concept was a hit, and within a few years, the business she called Cookie Bouquet had become a franchise. Willhite's company, now called Cookies By Design, continues to churn out edible bouquets, alongside cookie cakes and cookies in flavors such as white-chocolate pecan, snickerdoodles, and oatmeal raisin. Cookies By Design has expanded to many locations across the US, where staffers at each hub freshly bake and hand-decorate each creation.