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The passing of a loved one, friend, or acquaintance is never easy to bear. It can be difficult to know how to appropriately give condolences to the family as traditions vary widely by culture and religion. In the Jewish faith, the immediate family of the deceased will mourn for a seven-day period called a Shiva. This is a time for friends to offer comfort and support for the family either in person or by sending gifts.

     While sitting shiva, relatives will not leave the house and are not allowed to cook or attend other daily duties. It is the job of the community to support the family so they may concentrate on remembering and celebrating their loved one. For this reason, it is customary that guests attending the shiva bring food for the grieving family in lieu of flowers.

     Sending or bringing a basket or platter as condolences is both traditional and thoughtful. Baskets containing baked goods, cookies, dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate can bring a bit of comfort and joy to an otherwise sad occasion. Shiva trays or platters may have fish, salads, and fruit to provide nourishment to mourners. Be sure to inquire ahead of time whether the family is only accepting kosher foods. Making donations to a designated synagogue or charity is also a good way of showing sympathy.

Cookies, brownies, pretzels, and other treats comfort people in times of sorrow. Here are some good options for shiva baskets:

Classic Gourmet Gift Tray – This basket offers a wide variety of treats from cookies to caramel corn to roasted peanuts and even hot chocolate mix; a good option for a family of diverse tastes.

Deluxe Bakery  Basket – Alongside the 40 cookies and brownies gracing this tray comes two loaves of pound cake, offering a sweet treat for breakfast.

Bakery Bites Basket – Inside of a round wicker basket sit 54 perfectly bite-sized cookies and brownies; a good option for kid-sized treats.

Sympathy Cookie Bouquet – Instead of flowers, send a sympathy bouquet of cookies. Simple and delicious, mourners will appreciate your kindness.

Grand Bakery Sampler – This basket features 80 of our most delicious and cheerful cookies, brownies, and loaves; the perfect option for large groups.

Black and White Cookie Tower – As the name says, this tower of black and white boxes contains nothing but cookies in 14 different varieties. A gift as elegant as it is comforting.

Baby showers are a time to celebrate the miracle of life with the parents-to-be. Show them how excited you are for their precious little one to arrive by creating these adorable baby-themed cookies.

 

Onesies

Decorating onesies is a sacred activity of baby shower rituals. It’s creative and interactive; it lets guests show their personalities; it’s very practical for the mother-to-be. For a more delicious version of this game, try decorating onesie-shaped cookies instead.

 

Baby Gear

It isn’t just kids who enjoy getting new toys; parents-to-be love them too. Put a spin on classic gifts by bringing toy and accessory shaped cookies. Alphabet blocks, pacifiers, bibs, rattles, and baby bottles are all popular and cute shapes to decorate and eat.

 

Animals

Do you remember how much you loved your first stuffed animal? Guests will be sure to feel the same love for your animal shaped cookies. Jungle beasts, ocean dwellers, and woodland creatures in fun cartoon themes are perfect to add a little playfulness to any baby shower dessert table.

 

Pink and Blue

You can’t go wrong with a baby shower cookie if you color it blue or pink. For parties with a big gender reveal, bring cookies of both colors. Before the couple reveals what they’re having, tell everyone to grab a cookie of the color they guess. It’s a good way to make sure you aren’t taking home leftovers.

 

Babies

It’s a baby shower, so making cookies shaped like babies makes perfect sense. Bring decorated baby faces or opt for adorable foot shaped cookies. Check your local craft store for a variety of baby-themed cookie cutter shapes.

 

If you know that your best efforts at these cookies may result in a social media post with the ironic hashtag #nailedit, you can order the perfect cookie box with us. Try the Block Tower; it arrives in decorative boxes to be reused for storage in the nursery and includes a small teddy bear for the soon-to-be-newborn. Or make an impression with the Footprint Cookie Box which comes in multiple sizes and offers up to 11 different cookies. No matter what you choose, there’s no better way to celebrate a new life than with cookies.

 

It’s not easy being green—especially for a cookie on St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many ways to flavor and decorate your cookies for this green-hued holiday, we can’t even list them all! But here’s a few of our favorites.

 

Shamrocks

You can’t have an Irish holiday without the iconic shamrock. Cover shamrock-shaped sugar cookies in gooey icing or pipe on a masterpiece with different shades of green. There are plenty of ways to decorate or you can use some of the ideas below to make your shamrock cookie dough green without food coloring.

 

Pot of Gold

Finding the treasure at the end of the rainbow is difficult, but making a pot of gold for yourself is easy when it’s a cookie. Shape, bake and decorate with green icing and gold sprinkles (yellow works too!). Make your cookies 3-D by creating dark chocolate cookie balls and drizzling them with caramel.

 

Chocolate Chip

You can go about a St. Patrick’s Day chocolate chip cookie three different ways. 1) Make the dough green and use regular chocolate chips. 2) Leave the dough natural and use green chocolate chips. 3) Color your dough green and use green chocolate chips! No matter how you do it, you’ll have the most festive cookies on the block.

 

M&M

These little candies are useful for a variety of baking needs, but our favorite is when we stick them into our cookie dough, of course! Only the green M&Ms—it is St. Patty’s Day. Spell out letters or make designs with your M&Ms. Bake a big batch to share with the kids or take to the office. You can’t go wrong with a custom styled cookie!

 

Mint

Mint is a flavor that compliments so many different cookies. Wrap a green mint in a dark chocolate dough and bake. When you bite into it, there’s a fun green surprise in the middle. Add a few drops of spearmint extract to your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and you’ve suddenly got mint chocolate chip cookies.

 

Matcha

Tea has long been used as a flavoring for cookies and other baked goods. Its strong aromas and dough-coloring capabilities make it a perfect flavoring to create naturally green cookies. Finding just the right amount of matcha for your recipe is tricky so you may have to make several batches. Don’t worry, I’m sure your family won’t mind eating the rejected ones. They are still cookies, after all.

 

Pistachio

If tea isn’t your favorite, try pistachio. As they say, you can’t have just one…pistachio cookie, that is! Although we’re used to seeing bright green, pistachios won’t color your cookies this way on their own. Add a couple drops of green coloring to your dough or cover in bright green sprinkles to get the St. Patrick’s Day effect.

 

All-Natural Food Coloring

If you prefer your St. Patrick’s Day to be a little more authentic, try going for naturally made food dyes. You can make your own with recipes for both fruit and vegetable-based colors. There are also several brands that sell pre-made natural food coloring in your local stores or online.

 

Any of these cookies will make your tastebuds green with envy (and with icing). Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way you celebrate every other holiday—with cookies!

 

Having a long distance Valentine can be tough. You want to get them something that fully conveys how you feel and how much you miss them, but it’s looking like it might be yet another anti-climactic year of sending a gift direct from Amazon. There are better ways to celebrate love! Think outside the box this year and try for something with a more personal touch.

Care Package

Make a care package for your Valentine. If it’s the thought that counts, then it would follow that putting more thought into something counts more. Put effort into your care package and your valentine will appreciate it when they see how well you know them. Nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a plate of your partner’s favorite cookies. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that the stomach is the quickest way to a person’s heart. I agree. You can never go wrong with food. Everyone eats, which means your gift will never spoil away on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Include a big plate of cookies, a photo of the two of you, and anything else your heart desires. Your valentine will love it.

Cookie Delivery Services

Does the oven shudder when you turn it on? Did your last batch of cookies remain unsold at the bake sale? No worries, let someone else make the cookies. Your valentine will understand (especially if they really know you!). Send them a bouquet, box, or even a piping hot plate of fresh baked cookies from the professionals. Choose from dozens of designs and imagine the look on their face as they open the door Valentine’s Day morning to warm cookies and milk. It’s almost as good as waking up on Valentine’s Day to breakfast in bed—if that breakfast were cookies, that is. Even when you can’t be there to bake them yourself, that plate-full of chocolaty love reminds your valentine of how much you care.

Gifts for Others

Does your valentine have kids or a loving furry companion? Include something for them. More than likely the kids were going to help mom or dad eat that glorious cookie bouquet you sent, but why not get them each their own instead? Being recognized individually and not just sharing in someone else’s gift is a great way to earn points with that person. If it’s a dog or cat, send some edible pet cookies to match. If you’re sending a care package, include ingredients for your valentine to bake cookies with their kids. You’re saying to them, even if I can’t be there, I want you to be making happy memories. Your valentine will be sure to find it romantic when you think of others.

There are plenty of cliché gifts to send your valentine – chocolates (melty), flowers (droopy), teddy bear (useless). Send them something they really want. Send them cookies!

P.S. Cookies are a great option, even if you wake up next to your Valentine every day.

Marketing is an industry worth billions of dollars and sometimes it can seem impossible to stand out in a world where everyone is fighting for attention. Branded promotional materials and items are a great way to show appreciation for your clients and get your name out there. If you want to stand out from the crowd with your branded products, try ordering cookies with your logo or photos on them.

Cookies are Memorable
What’s the last company you remember getting a pen or fridge magnet from? You probably can’t remember because this is what every company does! With only 1.4% of branded products being food products, your logo and photo cookies are sure to be memorable.

Cookies are Attention-Grabbing
Ever seen the hashtag “foodstagram”? With the popularity of social media comes an unlimited opportunity to spread your brand name and message. A logo or photo cookie is a novel item. People will be delighted both with your thoughtfulness and with the satisfying taste of your present. People will share your memorable gift on their social media and this will continue to promote your brand long after the cookie has been eaten.

Cookies are Useful
Statistics show that 15% of customers throw away branded gifts, 18% file them somewhere, and 67% give the item away. None of that will happen when your branded product is a cookie! Cookies are too important to throw out, too fresh to file somewhere, and (although it’s nice to share) too delicious to give away. Your custom logo cookies are sure to be the most useful corporate gift anyone has ever received.

Cookies are Personal
Nothing says “you’re important” like a personalized cookie. Mix your logo cookies with customized photo cookies! Whether it’s a photo cookie tin or a cookie printed with photos, clients, employees, friends, and family are sure to feel special when you personalize their cookies with a photo or logo.

Cookies are Fun
In a world of constant negatives, cookies can bring some much-needed fun into the equation. Whether you want to forget the world at large or just what’s going on in the office, have fun with logo and custom picture cookies. Use them as employee recognition gifts at an office gathering or delight clients with a sweet surprise. Cookies are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

People are exposed on average to between 4000 and 10000 ads per day. This includes the labels on your food and clothing, signs you pass, commercials, etc. Cookies are something that makes people stop and notice. (Seriously, when’s the last time you walked past a cookie without at least looking at it?) Order your first batch of logo cookies today!