During the Victorian era, cookies were known as sweet biscuits and were eaten only by paupers, who were forced to substitute rich, hearty tallow with inexpensive sugar. Relish this sweet substitution with today's Groupon: for $12, you get a jumbo 12-inch cookie at Scott's Pastry Shoppe in Middleton (a $25 value).
The intrepid sugar artists at Scott's Pastry Shoppe, who are captained by mother-daughter baking team Jackie Scott and Dawn Westhoff, roll out foot-wide cookies studded with flavor. Bakers blend dough for chocolate chip, cherry chip, peanut-butter chip, or white-chocolate chip circulars before baking jumbo sweets to moist perfection. Freshly baked rounds can be cut into slices to share amongst friends, devoured by a ravenous soloist, or used as the back wheel on an edible penny farthing.