Who. What. Why. Your Ultimate Gift Guide

December 9, 2019

Don’t spend one more minute agonizing over what to get the folks on your holiday gift list. We’ve matched our gifts to the people who will love them most, and now we offer OUR list to you:

Teacher = Holiday Treats Tin

Once the cookies are gone they can use the tin to hold markers, push pins, paper clips, or other things that clutter up their desks.

Aunts & Uncles = Collector’s Edition Holiday Candy Dish

Because they always said YES when Mom & Dad said NO.

Grandparents = Pecan Butterball Gift Tin

Sweet, a little old-fashioned and perfect with coffee and tea.

School Friends = Holiday Crispy Treat Pops

Super fun and priced right so no one is left out.

Neighbors = You’ve Been Elfed Treats Box

Take the neighborhood game to a whole new level, and you’ll be on the “Nice List.”

New Parents = Cookies for Santa Plate

A fun gift that lets them start their own family traditions.

Grandchildren = Musical Snowman or Santa

Because it’s a grandparent’s responsibility to give something that makes noise.

Hostess = Happy Holidays Treats Box

All wrapped up and ready to give.

Hair Stylist = Sparkling Gift Bundle

A beautiful gift for the person who keeps you looking your best.

Party Guests = Santa & Elf Ornaments

The ideal party gift. Eat the treats then take an ornament home to hang on the tree.

Mailperson = Holiday Cookies & Tote

Every mailperson should have a great bag of their own.

Assistant = Santa or Snowman Gift Tower

Because no one stacks up like the person who makes you shine day after day.

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter = Reindeer Treats Box

The perfect gift for animal lovers.


Everyone loves a cookie tree.

December 3, 2019
Cheryl’s Frosted Holiday Tree Cutout

One of our co-workers told us that when she was growing up, her father put a lollipop tree in the front yard every holiday with a sign that said, “Please take ONE.” It was just a simple piece of chicken wire, bent into a cone shape and covered with green plastic, but it was a huge hit with the neighborhood. Her dad taped individually wrapped lollipops to the plastic, and the kids (and their parents) came from all over town to get their treat.

Times have changed, and we wouldn’t suggest putting a tree with treats in your front yard anymore, but we did love the idea of creating a cookie tree for a holiday party. Go small with a Styrofoam tree from your local crafts store or go big with a chicken-wire and green felt or plastic model like our friend’s father did; you’re only limited by your imagination. Then, use hat pins, double-sided tape, or green masking tape to secure our individually wrapped cookies to the tree and invite everyone to help themselves. We bet you’ll be the favorites in your neighborhood, too!


It’s the most flavorful time of the year!

November 25, 2019

We love every season, but holiday time is when our kitchen is most inspired. Whether you’re gifting, hosting, or deciding what to put out for Santa on Christmas Eve, these festive new cookie flavors are sure to ring everyone’s bells!


Two kinds of chocolate make this a one-of-a-kind cookie. Rich, moist and fudgy, it’s filled with red and green candy-coated chocolates and sprinkled with crunchy red and green nonpareils.


Soft and chewy cookies are loaded with sweet-tart dried cranberries, iced with pistachio-flavored buttercream frosting, and topped with nutty whole pistachios.


A holiday classic, our pure-butter brown sugar shortbread cookies are cut into tree shapes and baked to a crispy golden crunch. Sparkling sugar promises to keep them evergreen, and because each one’s individually wrapped they’ll stay fresh all season long.


Rich brown sugar, creamy white chocolate chips, and crunchy whole pistachios make this blondie the bar of your holiday dreams. A white-chocolate drizzle is truly just the icing on the cookie!



April 23, 2019


If you browse our Mother’s Day collection online or in our catalog, you’ll see a number of really special gifts that will keep on giving long after the cookies are gone. You might know immediately which one will resonate with your Mom, but if you need a little help, we’ve compiled a list of all the ways she can use her keepsake for years to come.

Our Collector’s Edition Ceramic Mother’s Day Basket

This pristine, white ceramic basket stands 8-1/2” tall and is 9-1/2” x 8” wide. Mom might love using it:

•           On her desk to hold stationery or office supplies

•           By the front door to hold mail

•           In the kitchen, filled with fresh fruit, or as a catchall for keys

•           On her dresser to hold watches, jewelry or scarves

•           As a place to keep small crafting supplies

Our Flower-covered Tote

Elegant black tote is strewn with brightly colored flowers, guaranteeing smiles and going to work as:

•           A place to keep knitting or crafting projects

•           A shopping bag for travel; Mom can pack it flat in her suitcase and use it to hold souvenirs

•           A grocery or market bag she can keep handy in the car

Our Charming Adirondack Chair

Designed specifically to be used as a planter, our white wooden chair can also:

•           Hold paperclips on a desk

•           Hold whiteboard markers or chalk in the kitchen or office

•           Sit at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom to keep rings and other jewelry safe

Our Collector’s Edition Butterfly Cookie Jar

Yes, we know. It’s a COOKIE jar. But it could also be:

•           An Accessories Jar

•           A Stamps and Packing Tape Jar

•           A Small Kitchen Utensil Jar

•           A Colored Pencil Jar

•           A Crafts Supplies Jar

•           A Cord Keeper Jar


Spring is in the air.

April 5, 2019

(And so is the aroma of our Easter goodies!)

Our busy bakers are hopping to it in our kitchens, whipping up everything you need for Easter. From baskets to buffets, when you’re ready to start to planning, start here.


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They’re back! Our adorable buttercream-frosted Easter cookies in pretty pastel colors put a little spring in everyone’s step.  Buy them individually wrapped and packaged in boxes of 12 to 200 for place settings, quick desserts, office treats or basket stuffers. Or send them to loved ones near and far already packed up in our Bunny Cookie Jar, adorable Egg Carton, Ceramic Basket,  or felt Easter Bunny Tote.


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If you have neither the time nor the inclination to create your own baskets, worry not; we’ve got dozens of gifts already perfectly put together, ready to ship wherever you want to send happy wishes. Some come with candy, others with cookies only, but all of them are beautifully presented and sure to delight.


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Every year, we make a few Easter gifts we know kids will especially like. Creative children or those who like to be in the kitchen will love our Easter Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit. It comes with two dozen already baked egg- and flower-shaped cookies, two one-pound tubs of vanilla icing, and pastel sprinkles. Trust us when we tell you this is way more fun, more delicious, and easier than dying eggs!

For kids who are begging for a bunny, we have two baskets complete with a plush rabbit that’s much easier to take care of than the real thing. And if you have lots of little peeps to satisfy, our little Easter Gift Tins are just the right size and are easy to ship near and far.


That’s the question we ask ourselves before planning every holiday dinner, and Easter is no exception. We have perfectly sized cookie boxes and baskets for gatherings large or small, so dessert’s a no-brainer; all we have to do is figure out what comes first.

We’ll leave the main course up to you, but we do have an idea for a great starter. If you’re going to end the meal with a buttercream-frosted egg, why not start with a potato nest. These crispy, delicious little cups can hold everything from sour cream topped with bacon and chives, to cream cheese with smoked salmon and capers. You choose the filling, we’ll tell you how to make the nest. (For a sweeter alternative, try using sweet potatoes instead.)


These crispy little spring potato nest cups are the perfect way to start your spring mornings. Not only are they a spring favorite, but they also make the best addition to your Easter brunch!

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 min Yield: 32 to 36 cups

  • 3½ cups of frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
  • OR
  • 1½ pounds of russet potatoes, peeled, boiled, cooled and grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
    2. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin or tins (32 to 36 cups).
    3. Gently toss shredded potatoes with salt and pepper.
    4. Place one heaping tablespoon of shredded potatoes into each muffin cup, and gently press into bottom and up sides to bring edges just above the rim of the cup.
    5. Bake for 25 minutes or until nests are golden brown.
    6. Cool in pan(s) for 10 minutes, then carefully remove and place on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
    7. Filled as desired & enjoy!

The History of Christmas Cookies

November 27, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and we can practically smell the aroma of fresh baked cookies wafting through the air. Beyond being a delicious holiday treat, Christmas cookies are part of many family traditions, and have a rich history to boot!  

If you’ve ever wondered why we bake certain cookies each season, or why we leave the good stuff out for Santa, it’s time to enroll in Christmas Cookie History 101! Before you rummage through your kitchen cabinets for your favorite cookie cutters and baking supplies, indulge in these five fun facts about Christmas cookies!


Treats for Jolly St. Nick

The practice of putting out cookies for Santa began in the 1930s during the Great Depression when parents were trying to instill a sense of thankfulness in their children. Leaving goodies, perhaps in sweet cookie jar from Cheryl’s, continues to be a small way of sharing the holiday bounty. Some families even extend the giving to the storied animals, leaving carrots or apples out for Santa’s reindeer!

Spice, Spice Baby

When unusual aromatics like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger became more widely available in Europe in the Middle Ages, they were put to good use at holiday baking time. It became traditional to combine butter and sugar—which cost a pretty penny back then—with these prized spices once a year at Christmas. Bakers today include nutmeg and molasses in holiday desserts, particularly in gingerbread cookies—one of the most widely baked seasonal treats. Cheryl’s includes this popular variety in the assorted holiday tin!

Sweet as Sugar

Along with gingerbread, simple sugar cookies have become another staple on Christmas dessert trays, a tradition that started in the 1700s. At this time, German settlers in Pennsylvania may have brought over the traditional unleavened, easy-to-store treat from Europe. Pliable sugar cookie dough is easy to roll and cut into shapes, which adds to its popularity at Christmas time today.


Frosting Versus Icing

Whether you spread thick pastel layers or use a delicate white glaze on your cut-outs and gingerbread, Christmas just isn’t the same without lots of frosting (or icing, depending on where you live). Decorating cookies with frosting began in the 1600s with a mixture of sugar and egg whites that topped cakes; once cooled, it looked just like ice. Today, the buttercream variety is very popular, and can be found on Cheryl’s frosted cookies in every holiday shade.

A Cut Above

Cookies have long been molded and shaped, but using cutters likely began after Queen Elizabeth I decided she wanted gingerbread specially made to look like her honored guests. Tin cookie cutters made stamping out little men easier (and faster), though later these tools were made from aluminum, plastic, and copper. Today, many families have an assortment of seasonal cookie cutters and look forward to using them at the holidays.

Reading about Christmas cookies is a good start, but you should really enjoy some first hand to further advance your studies. Fire up the oven with these Christmas cookie recipes, or check out Cheryl’s wide assortment of holiday cookies and treats for a truly educational experience!


What we’re baking right now

October 9, 2018

As the weather cools down, our ovens warm up!
Read on for recipes, tips and info on our new fall flavors.

There are certain flavors that just scream “fall” and they’re not ALL pumpkin spice. Our bakery chef and her team have whipped up five scrumptious autumnal cookies that you’ll want to keep in your cookie jar for parties, after-school snacks, quick-and-easy desserts, tailgating and more.


Loaded with chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups, these rich chocolate and peanut butter cookies are topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting and even more peanut butter cups.


Want something a little denser, and ooey-gooey-er with the same great flavor as out Peanut Butter-Frosted Buckeye Cookie? Our brownie of the same name is also topped with creamy peanut butter buttercream and mini peanut butter cups, but has that fudgy, luscious texture only a brownie can provide.


Our autumn-inspired cookie batter is made with real maple syrup, and baked with premium maple-flavored white chocolate chips inside. We frost the finished cookies with creamy maple buttercream and sprinkle with more maple chips. The result is a soft and tender cookie with just a tiny bit of toothiness.


We say, when you can’t decide, have both. Our “brookie” features a rich, chocolate chip-laden fudge brownie topped with a chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s two desserts in one!


The base of this indulgent treat is a fudgy chocolate chip brownie. We top it with a layer of pumpkin spice cake, then finish it with a sprinkle of raw sugar for sparkle and sweet crunch. A true original!
A boo-tiful sight to behold.



By the time you’ve gotten the costumes and the candy ready, the last thing on your mind is the table for the trick-or-treat after party. No worries. We’ve got you covered. Our Halloween Cookie Jars not only come with delicious cookies inside, they also make great party table centerpieces. Just set one down in the middle of the table, put out the cookies and some cups or mugs, and you’ve got everything you need.



Don’t want the kids to dive into the candy the minute they get home? Give them something better to do. Our Halloween Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit is a fun party activity with sweet rewards.


Orange + Purple = BLACK. For a quick and creepy punch everyone will love, add one package of orange powdered drink mix and one package of grape powdered drink mix to one liter of ginger ale and stir. Then add three quarts of cold water and two cups of white sugar, and add ice.

Here are some great recipes from our bakery chef!

Cheryl’s Maple White Chocolate Cinnamon Cake Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Yield: 24 cake pops


  • 1 dozen 1.6 oz Maple White Chip Cookies
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 10 oz white chocolate melting wafers
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sprinkles


  1. In a food processor, mix broken pieces of the Maple White Cinnamon Cookies and water.
  2. Blend until you can form into a ball. Slowly add more water if needed.
  3. Scoop dough into balls that measure approximately 1 ½” and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. While the truffles are firming up in the freezer, melt the white chocolate wafers according to the directions on the package.
  5. Dip each of the firm truffles in the melted white chocolate, using a fork to allow excess chocolate to drip back into the melting bowl. Place the enrobed truffle back on the tray.
  6. Add sprinkles while white chocolate is still wet
  7. Place completed truffles in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until completely dry.
  8. ENJOY!

Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookies


  • 24 Cheryls Peanut Butter Doughballs, Thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 Hershey Kisses


  1. Roll each thawed doughball into granulated sugar.
  2. Bake 12 Peanut Butter Doughballs according to the directions on the box
    (340 degrees for 14 minutes).
  3. Remove from the oven and place an unwrapped Hershey kiss in the center of each warm cookie.
  4. Let Cool for 20 minutes on cooling rack.
  5. ENJOY!


Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 14 minutes
Yield: 24 cookie cups


  • 24 Cheryl’s Peanut Butter Dough Balls, thawed for 20 minutes
  • 24 mini muffin liners
  • 24 Miniature Reese Cups


  1. Line the mini muffin pan with muffin liners
  2. Roll the doughball into a ball and place into each mini muffin cup
  3. Bake according to directions on the box (340 degrees for 14 minutes/ovens vary)
  4. Remove from the oven and add in a single buckeye into each cup.
  5. Allow 20 minutes on cooling rack before serving.
  6. ENJOY!
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Summer Flavors

August 2, 2018

As far as we’re concerned, red, white and blue are the colors of summer, and not just for the fourth of July.



The grocery aisles and farmer’s markets are loaded with strawberries this time of year. We blended them with buttercream to frost our zesty lemon sugar cookies (made with real zest and sweet lemon chips), but we still can’t get enough. Here are just a few other delicious ideas for the season’s best berries.



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Give your favorite lemonade recipe a little kick by adding a super-smooth puree to the pitcher. Simply blend eight large strawberries and two tablespoons of sugar together in a high-speed blender, then add one cup of water and blend until smooth. Add the puree to six to eight cups of prepared lemonade, and enjoy.




Vanilla ice cream and sliced strawberries topped with our thick and glossy hot fudge is the best summer sundae ever to tickle your tongue.

Cheryl’s Hot ButterFudge Sauce

Move over buttercream, there’s a new buttery topping in town…this time it’s mixed with cream, brown sugar and honey for a sauce that’s better than fireworks!


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa
  • 6 oz. of semisweet chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  • salt


  1. In a small saucepan combine butter with heavy cream, honey, brown sugar, and cocoa over medium heat.
  2. Once everything has melted, remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips, a dash of vanilla, and just the tiniest pinch of salt.
  3. You can keep leftovers (if you have any) in the refrigerator for a month or so.




The fourth comes and goes, but our patriotic cookie collection lives large all summer long. Frosted in red, white and blue buttercream and sprinkled with stars, they’re ideal for all sorts of seasonal celebrations. One of our favorites!



Invite friends over to lie back on the grass and take in the constellations you can most easily see in the Northern Hemisphere.

Start by locating Polaris, or the North Star, which consistently stays due north. You can find Polaris by identifying the Big Dipper, locating the two stars that make up the end of the Dipper where the water would pour out, and then imagine the water running straight down. The bright star at the end of the imaginary stream is Polaris.

Another fun star grouping is called The Summer Triangle, made up of three stars named Vega, Deneb and Altair. To locate them, face south. Vega is the brightest star you’ll see if you look east (to your left). Deneb is the second brightest to your lower left, and Altair the faintest to your lower right. Once you’ve found all three, you can identify the constellations associated with them: Lyra the Harp, Cygnus the Swan, an Aquila the Eagle.

It can be fun to see who can make out the constellations first, and even more fun to end the evening with star-studded cookies and sparkling water or wine.




We wouldn’t do it every day, but we highly recommend our seasonal Mango Cookies for…breakfast or brunch. Made with butter, mango preserves and sweet, chewy bits of real mango they’re delicious as a sweet side to a tropical fruit plate with coconut yogurt.




The days may be longer, but the season always goes too quickly. This summer, don’t miss a single cookout, picnic, clambake, day at the lake, or backyard barbecue…and always remember to bring cookies. Because life’s too short to pass up dessert.

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How to be a Holiday Party Smarty

November 28, 2017

The entertaining season is upon us, and when you make Cheryl’s part of the party, you’re guaranteed to become known as the host(ess) with the most(est). This year, go beyond gifting and make Cheryl’s part of your own personal holiday get togethers. Whether you’re planning a big soiree or an intimate family gathering, we promise to help make it a stellar celebration.



All of our Buttercream-frosted cookies come individually wrapped, so they work beautifully as party favors. We love the idea of setting one at each individual place at the table. You can even make them do double duty as place markers by attaching a small name card to each. (For a more dazzling presentation, place one of the treat-filled tins in our Christmas Tree Tin Set on each plate and get ready for a tableful of “oohs” and “aahs”.



We originally created our Holiday Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit for kids, but we’re continually tickled to see how often it’s the grown-ups who have the most fun. This year, instead of the expected cookie exchange, why not host a “most creative cookie contest” for young AND old. You can ask everyone to bring their own favorite edible decorations to add to the white and green icing and holiday sprinkles included with the kit, and see what kind of fabulous creations arise.

You can add a little spice to the party by including our little Gingerbread Cookies as well. They’re really fun to decorate using small tubes of decorating icing from the grocery store, and since one tin comes with approximately 25 cookies, you can have as many people as you want join in the fun.

And if you like your parties lively, consider picking up our Snowball Fun Kit as well. You can lob the soft stuffed snowmen at each other while making culinary magic.



It happens every year! Someone you weren’t expecting shows up and you have to greet them empty handed…or do you? Our Cookie Cards are actually cheery gift boxes, each with an individually wrapped buttercream-frosted cut-out cookie tucked inside. No need to wrap. No need to worry about appropriateness (seriously, who doesn’t want a cookie?!). Simply store a few in the closet or cupboard, and when that unplanned individual arrives, you can make them feel as if you’d been expecting them all along. (If this happens to you a lot, you might want to consider a case of 50 cookie cards…if you have any left over, you can always give them as teachers gifts or use them as party favors.)



Whenever people look at our great big gift baskets, they immediately think, “Wow! That’s the kind of gift I’d give to someone really special!” Allow us to offer you a second thought—one that goes something like this: “Wow! That basket has 186 cookies, brownies, muffins, and pecan butterballs…and the presentation is gorgeous. That would be a great way to handle dessert at my big holiday buffet/open house/family dinner celebration.” Best of all, since everything’s individually wrapped, you can either send leftovers home with your guests or freeze them for later. (All of our baked goods freeze beautifully!).

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How do you give thanks?

November 1, 2017

There’s no better time than Thanksgiving to count your blessings, show your appreciation, and send wishes to the people who make your world a little bit warmer. Whether they live with you, across the street, or across the country, Cheryl’s is committed to making it easy (and delicious) to say thank you to everyone on your gratitude list.



If you want to celebrate a big group of people or one special person in a big way (college students love to share!), our 100-piece Fall Frosted Cookies Gift is the best way to do it. Chock full of seasonal flavors like Butterscotch Chai, Salty Caramel, and Mocha Latte, all topped with our classic buttercream, it’s guaranteed to delight every last tastebud.



Show EVERYONE you care about how much you appreciate them with a card and a cookie. Costing only a tiny bit more than a paper greeting card, our cookie cards are a lot more fun and guarantee a smile. If you’re sending them to loved ones far away, you might want to personalize your cookie with a family photo and a special note, just to let them know how much they’re missed.



We love the idea of keeping the giving going. Our Giving Plate comes painted with a charming message that encourages the recipient to fill it back up and send it along with new treats. It’s a great idea for large extended families or special groups of friends; each Thanksgiving the past year’s lucky recipient can refill it and send it to someone else in the group. It’s always fun to try to guess who will be next on the list!



We know a family that uses their cookie jar to hold “Gratitude Slips”—little pieces of paper on which they write the things they’re grateful for throughout the year. Then, after Thanksgiving dinner, when everyone is happy and full, they bring the jar to the table and everyone takes turns reading the past year’s gratitude slips out loud. We loved their idea so much, we wanted to suggest it to you. This year, why not buy your family one of our Fall Cookie Jars, enjoy the cookies inside for a Thanksgiving party or dessert, and start your own gratitude slip tradition?