Decorated cookies can express all kinds of sentiments, from hearts that say "I love you" to Christmas trees that say "I buried your car keys in the forest." Send someone a message to chew on with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cookie cakes, cookies, and brownies at Great American Cookies in Tuscaloosa.
Since 1977, the cookie craftsmen at Great American Cookies have shared edible sentiments via freshly baked cookies, brownies, and hand-decorated cookie cakes. Shoppers can tuck into a batch of double-stuffed cookies—two freshly baked cookies harboring a cream-filled center ($3.69)—or classic comfort fare, such as oatmeal-walnut cookies ($17.88 for a half dozen), strawberry-cheesecake brownies, or red velvet brownies ($2.69 each). Composed of premium ingredients and hand adorned with frosting, the shop's signature 16-inch round cookie cakes ($28.99) can feed 8–16 people or approximately 200 industrious tree elves. The shop’s website caters to sweet requests with an online store full of preconceived designs searchable by occasion, recipient gender, and theme, including birthdays, Easter, and Saint Patrick's Day. Alternatively, nibblers can orchestrate specific decoration cravings and create unique designs to celebrate special events, such as baby’s first hedge fund.
Great American Cookies
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 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and 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&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.