5 (or more!) Reasons You Need Cookies in Your Life
Who can resist the smell of freshly baked cookies coming from the kitchen?! I know I can’t. Whether you prefer a chewy salted chocolate chip cookie, intricately decorated and iced butter cookies, or that special recipe that only your grandma can make just right, cookies are undeniably delicious.
Above all, one of my personal favorite things about cookies is that you never need an excuse to enjoy a fresh baked cookie with a glass of milk. Cookies aren’t a new trend but they sure are a lasting one, and I’m here to tell you 5 (or more) reasons why you need cookies in your life.
There’s something about that nostalgic feeling that shows up with the first bite of your favorite cookie. Growing up in our family, we would get together before Christmas, make cookie dough from scratch, gather all the icing and sprinkles we could find, and spend hours decorating (and sampling!) cookies together. Then, as we headed off to bed, we’d leave a plate out for Santa to enjoy. Of course, I counted out one for each and every reindeer too.
It’s the memories that I have of baking with all generations of my family that stand out to me the most and I wouldn’t those memories for anything. Some families bake at home while others order cookies each year from that local bakery or grocery store that they have been ordering from for years. Either way, memories are created and shared around that plate of cookies and passed on year to year.
As we got older, the tradition changed and we started hosting cookie exchange parties. Each of our friends or family will bake and bring over their favorite flavor or recipe. Some are decorated, some studded with chocolate chips and others dusted with powdered sugar. We then swap, so that everyone ends up with a variety to take home and enjoy!
Traditional Cookie Tables
In other families, wedding cookie tables are a must-have tradition at wedding receptions. Some cities, like Pittsburgh, have their own well-known regional traditions, while other times the cookie table is a cultural must-have. It’s an awesome way to give guests from all over a special taste of where you’re from! For example, I love going to Greek or Italian weddings and sampling the traditional cookies that I’d never experienced before!
2. Killing Two Birds with One.. Cookie?!
Believe it or not, at weddings, cookies are a great way to multitask! I’ve seen cookies used as a seating place card, favor and centerpiece all in one. Not only are the cookies a statement piece on the table and they’re also a perfect snack for before or after dinner. Bonus: Using cookies in more than one way helps you save money and stick to the budget!
Seating Place Cards
Instead of just using paper place cards, you can create custom cookies to match wedding décor and add a personalized tag for a sweet and unique touch. Guests can take home their cookie as a favor or enjoy it as a treat at the reception.
I’ve seen cookies with the couple’s monogram, favorite sports team, or even a printed out edible photo of the couple as the focal point. The options are endless and make seating cards so much more than just a piece of paper! You can check out some of the wedding cookies we’ve made or find ideas on Pinterest and then customize to your wedding colors and theme.
Dessert tables have been one of the biggest trends for weddings, showers and birthday parties in the past few years. They are the perfect way to give guests a variety of bite size treats to choose from and create a beautiful tablescape!
Bite size thumbprint style cookies, mini iced cookies, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate dipped Oreos are all a hit with guests and add that special touch to the display. They can be decorated with colored accents, drizzled with chocolate or detailed with royal icing to be the showstopper of your party!
Have you ever needed the perfect gift to thank someone who you couldn’t live without, an idea to surprise a friend or relative for their birthday, or a way to show your appreciation for a teacher, doctor, bus driver?! Cookies are a great way to do just that.
Customized butter cookies can come in nearly any design and fit any theme. From doctors and nurses, school busses and apples, to birthday cakes with custom sayings, cookies can bring a smile to anyone’s face and show how much you truly appreciate them!
One of the most rewarding parts of owning a bakery is the opportunity to make special, one of a kind gifts that truly touch lives. We create cookies to thank doctor’s who have brought new born babies into the world and helped conquer cancer, teacher’s who have made sure every student leaves the classroom with a smile, and bus driver’s who get children to and from school safely each and every day.
With so many options, decorated butter cookies, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, or even chocolate dipped Oreo cookies can all be the perfect way to show your love and appreciation!
4. Corporate Promotion & Celebrations
Have you ever gone to a corporate event and left with a pen, notebook, or magnet as your take home gift and soon after wondered where it disappeared too? Yes, these gifts are practical and marked with a logo, but how much more memorable would it be to leave the meeting or event with a customized butter cookie that comes branded with your company’s logo and colors?!
Just like with seating place cards, corporate cookies can double as a favor, snack, center piece and even business card! Cookies catch a potential client’s attention at a pitch meeting, can be sent home in a goody bag, or be handed out at a networking event. Talk about the perfect post-meeting pick-me-up!
5. Endless Flavor Options!
Last but not least, you need cookies in your life because they come in endless flavor options, and endless isn’t much of an exaggeration! It would be hard to find someone who didn’t like a least one kind of cookie. From butter cookies, a firmer cookie similar to a shortbread that comes decorated with royal icing, to chocolate chip cookies that can be soft, chewy, crunchy or somewhere in between, there’s a cookie out there for everyone!
My favorite cookie tip: Find your favorite cookie recipe and then experiment with it! Change the flavoring, type of chocolate chips or other add-in ingredients to make it your own! I use my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and adjust it for other events or seasons. It has changed from a plain old chocolate chip to salted chocolate chip, s’mores, peanut butter chip, salted caramel toffee and birthday cake.
It was even used for sea salt caramel chip cookies at a beer and cookie pairing with Rhinegeist Brewery. Talk about versatile! Maybe just by adding a hint of lemon or almond to a classic butter cookie you can bring back that same taste of the cookies your grandma used to make!
If you’re not already inspired to bake some cookies, think about the other bonus that comes with trying out new recipes… eating them! And if you’re not much of a baker yourself, check out our cookie page for lots of ideas that we’d love to customize just for you!
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