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The sun is starting to come out, the trees and flowers are blooming, and springtime is finally here! And you know what that means… Easter is right around the corner! Whether you celebrate spiritually by going to church Sunday morning or simply enjoy a challenging Easter egg hunt, every family has their own unique traditions to commemorate the holiday.

Freshly baked breads, cakes and chocolates, and dyed eggs for symbolic decoration are just a few examples of the many Easter customs out there. But what really goes into making the best Easter treat?

Choose something deliciously sweet.

After a dreary, cold winter, it feels delightful to indulge on some warm, homemade desserts—especially for those who religiously fast during the weeks leading up to Easter! That’s why in many cultures, numerous dishes are made with rich cheeses, creams, and candied fruit, to break their dessert-free fasting oh-so-luxuriously. For example, in Denmark, they eat “Semla,” which are rolls stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream. In the same way, our buttercream-frosted cookie bouquets are baked to be just as ear-resistible. What’s better than waking up on Easter morning to a basket full of cute bunny-shaped cookies?

Make it colorful and classic.  

Around Easter, you’ll see a lot of eye-catching colors to mimic the blossoming of nature. Frequently in the southern part of the U.S., coconut cake is a classic since the fluffy flakes of coconut are tinted green to look like fresh sprigs of grass, and typically the icing is decorated different shades too. Families love to hand out jellybeans or chocolate eggs wrapped in pastel foil to eager young children—plus, there’s dyeing the Easter eggs! These vibrant colors add a joyfulness to the holiday, which is why we bake all our Easter cookies with unique, dazzling designs that taste delicious and are guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Create a new tradition.

In the UK, hot cross buns are eaten as a reminder of Easter’s spiritual significance. In Greece, a distinct braided bread gets baked around a single red painted egg in the center. However you and your family choose to celebrate—like hiding Easter eggs for a big scavenger hunt—the heart of any holiday is the tradition behind it! So surprise a little one with Mr. Easter Bunny himself, divvy up that giant chocolate rabbit, and order an Easter-themed cookie bouquet! No family gathering is complete without a bunch of yummy goodies to share… so why not make cookies your new Easter tradition?

Not only are our Easter cookies colorful, timeless, and delicious; by ordering a cookie bouquet in advance you can save time, energy, and lessen your holiday stress. We’ve got dozens of adorable, buttercream-frosted bunnies, chicks, flowers, and hand-decorated eggs to choose from. So, this year make sure you get the best Easter treats in your basket!

March is finally here, and with it comes a wave of Irish pride as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! People all over the world are celebrating their Irish heritage with parties and parades, drinking a pint (or two, or three!), and of course, wearing green to avoid getting pinched. Although this year the holiday lands on a weekday, for those with young kids we have a couple sweet after-school activities to continue the St. Paddy’s Day fun!

 

  1. Go to a parade! For decades, many cities have commemorated March 17th with crazy traditions (case in point, Chicago’s famous green-dyed river). What better way to celebrate than attending a giant St. Patrick’s Day festival in the streets of your hometown—complete with Irish dancers, bagpipers, and floats! Make it fun by dressing up in green, painting your kids’ faces with the colors of the Irish flag, and catching candy like chocolate gold coins!

 

  1. Look for luck. One common St. Patrick’s Day ritual is searching for 4 leaf clovers, which are rare to find. Each leaf symbolizes a trait: love, faith, hope, and luck! Explore the outdoors together as a family to double your luck. Plus, turn it into a friendly competition for the kids by inventing a holiday scavenger hunt! Rewards could include a hatful of scrumptious goodies.

 

  1. Make it GREEN. There a so many tasty green treats to eat or drink. It can be as simple as adding food coloring to a cake or making a shamrock shake with mint chocolate chip ice cream. For cute finishing touches, craft some matching themed decorations, like an emerald leprechaun hat, green paper chain garlands, or shamrock toppers.

 

  1. Ditch the pub. Teach your kids about the history of the holiday and whip up a few traditional dishes at home to taste test! Try a classic Irish dessert recipe, like soda bread or something more unusual, like potato-apple bread pudding. (For the adults, use Guinness or other Irish beers to enhance desserts and raise a toast.) If the kids crave something sweeter, don’t worry – we’ve got one more trick up our sleeve.

 

  1. Order a cookie bouquet! Our Patrick’s Day cookies are shamrockin’ and ready to go! Save some time as you prep for your party by ordering a bouquet of buttercream-frosted clovers that everyone can appreciate. Or maybe get a charming cookie box or basket with assorted flavors delivered to satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth and spread the luck of the Irish. Our Pot O’ Gold cookie bouquet even comes with a wee little friend!

 

No matter how you celebrate this March, the luckiest thing we’re given is the ability to spend quality time together with family. Next best thing? At the end of an action-packed St. Paddy’s Day, sit back, relax, and treat yourself to a well-deserved cookie.

The joy and hope that come from seeing a loving couple who are about to share their lives together deserves a special treat—cookies, of course. Wedding showers are the perfect place to show off your baking skills with these special wedding themes and shapes.

 

Dresses

Shopping for a wedding gown is something every woman dreams of. Whether the bride-to-be has already found the dress of her dreams or she’s still on the hunt, she’ll appreciate these dress shaped cookies. To make it interactive, have guests decorate the cookies with their own perfect gown idea.

 

Engagement Rings

Popping the question just doesn’t have the same effect if you’re not holding a ring. You can celebrate the happy couple’s engagement with a ring of your own—a diamond ring-shaped cookie, that is. These sweet treats are a big hit.

 

Hearts

Wedding showers are all about the love which means heart-shaped cookies suit the theme perfectly. Use a fine tipped piping bag to write love notes or the couple’s initials. Add roses or lace patterns for a fancy, yet delicate touch. You can even use the heart shape to make dress and tuxedo cookies.

 

Groom Cookies

Wedding showers aren’t always about the bride. More and more couples are joining forces at these parties to celebrate together with friends and family. Since most people will cater to the bride, bring cookies with a theme personal to the groom instead. Whether it’s football, camping, race cars, or golf, every husband-to-be has a hobby you can celebrate in cookie form.

 

Cakes

Cookies that look like cakes. I know it sounds wild, but there are some cute ways to do this. An easy flat version is to get a wedding cake shaped cookie cutter and decorate with every detail of the full sized thing. You can also take your cake-cookies 3D by stacking round cookies of different sizes. Use icing to cement them together and you now have a three-tiered cookie masterpiece.

 

Bringing homemade gifts is very thoughtful and appreciated, but if you think you’d rather leave this one to the pros, that’s fine too. Our cookies inspire nothing but love with decorated heart-shaped variety boxes and full bouquets of long-stemmed cookie-roses. With dozens of love-themed options, you’ll find the perfect cookie for your next wedding shower.

Let’s face it, cookies are already delicious. So how do you improve on something that everyone loves? You add something to dunk it in of course!

 

Icing

Most people would think icing should be spread on top of the cookie, but why not be a rebel and dunk your cookies in it instead? Buttercream and cream cheese icings are gooey and sweet, perfect for dipping anything from a simple sugar cookie to peanut butter, chocolate chip, and beyond. While royal icing is fantastic for cookie decoration, it isn’t the best for cookie dunking because it hardens as it cools.

 

Chocolate

Whether it’s a simple shortbread or a double dark chocolate chunk, any cookie can be improved with chocolate. You don’t have to go out and buy a chocolate fountain just to enjoy a midnight snack this way. Use chocolate chips (milk, white, or dark chocolate are all great options!) melted on a double boiler to achieve a smooth texture. Dipping chocolate will need to be warm to keep from hardening so you may have to zap your chocolate in the microwave a few times throughout your snack time. If that sounds like too much work, switch it up for a cup of hot cocoa instead.

 

Coffee

Many people just can’t get through the day without their cup-of-joe. Make your mornings even better by adding cookies! Varieties such as shortbread and biscotti make for perfect dunking. Use flavored coffees to match or compliment the cookie you’re dipping. Coffees with notes of caramel pair nicely with chocolate chip while hazelnut flavors go well with snickerdoodles. You should never hesitate to add a cookie to your morning coffee. After all, eating an oatmeal cookie is pretty much the same as eating actual oatmeal, right?

 

Ice Cream

You may have a difficult time actually “dipping” your cookies in ice cream, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. You probably don’t have a soft-serve machine at home (if you do, can you invite us over?!), so let the ice cream sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften up. Gelato is denser than typical ice cream, but it’s meant to be eaten at warmer temperatures so it melts as it hits your tongue, making it a good cookie dipping option. For a really easy ice cream dipping experience, make a milkshake!

 

Milk

Of course, we couldn’t leave out the age-old favorite—milk. Cookies and milk go together like peanut butter and jelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Ohio State and football. One just doesn’t seem complete without the other. Luckily, any cookie is good for dunking in milk, so there’s no need to limit yourself! Crunchier cookies will hold together better when dunked, but softer cookies seem to soak up more liquid. Not only are you getting a delicious combo, but you’ll also be getting in your daily dose of calcium.

 

However you decide to enjoy your cookies, there is one requirement for any dunking choice—cookies! Hop on over to our shop page and pick out your favorites today then head to the store for your beverage of choice. Enjoying cookies couldn’t be easier with so many delicious dunking options.

 

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.

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