Back when the snickerdoodle and the Thin Mint were nothing more than dance crazes, sock-hopping teens secretly wished for tiny candied Frisbees to complement their moves. Wishes do come true with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of cookies and custom cookie cakes at Great American Cookies. This Groupon is valid at your choice of two Little Rock–area locations—at McCain Mall in North Little Rock or at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock.
Great American Cookies' fresh-baked flavor discs are crafted daily from hand-scooped, never-frozen batter, ensuring sweet sustenance far more appetizing than the sugar packets your mother left for you during her weeklong trips to Tuscany with Claudio. Chow down on familiar flavors such as chocolate chip, oatmeal walnut raisin, and peanut butter, or explore the cavernous cookie kingdom with the domino or white chunk macadamia. Prices are different for regular cookies ($1.50 each, $4 for three, and $7.45 for six), colossal cookies ($2.30 each, and $6.90 for four), and double doozies ($3.10 each, and $9.30 for four).
For sweet tooths not satisfied by handheld offerings of cookieness, Great American Cookies’ trademark cookie cake ($11.99–$33.99) spreads out the sugary goodness over a sizeable surface area. Get the goods customized with decorations celebrating birthdays, graduations, or returns from successful space-station repairs. The days of softening sticks of salted or unsalted butter, inadvertently eating a raw egg, and burning your cookie grabbers grabbing hot cookies off pans, plates, and electrified cookie jars have gone into that hard, stale past where philosophers sleep.
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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 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.