I’ve had a couple of occasions to order bouquets from 1-800-flowers this year, and I’ve been tempted to add a sweet treat to go along with the flowers. I’ve also had a couple of occasions when I’ve received mail-order sweets that were less than exciting, so I wasn’t sure about sending something sight unseen, or in this case taste untested. What to do? Research and tasting, of course! Cheryl’s Cookies is part of the 1-800-flowers brand family, but has artisan roots. Success takes many forms for food artisans. Some revel in maintaining personal relationships with their customers, making their products in small batches, and retaining a high level of personal control over their business. Others, by plan or providence, grow their businesses to the point where they bring on partners, merge or are bought out by other companies. Cheryl’s falls into the latter category.
College roommates Cheryl Krueger and Caryl Walker opened Cheryl’s Cookies in Columbus, Ohio in 1981 in a small storefront with six cookie flavors. The business grew and the product line expanded to include fancy cut-out cookies with Cheryl’s buttercream frosting, brownies and cakes. In 2005, Cheryl & Co. became part of the 1-800-flowers brand, while still maintaining their own retail outlets, internet business, and a business gifts division.
Cheryl’s website offers a nice variety of of cookie collections for many occasions. We created our own box with buttercream frosted, chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal raisin cookies. All were good, but the buttercreams were far and away our favorites, with great texture and very tasty frosting. We love Cheryl’s cookie club with 6 deliveries per year to the recipient of your choice (or yourself). The cookies are individually wrapped and sealed to retain freshness. They have a fall collection of gift boxes and tins available now. You can add your own decorating panache to Cheryl’s cookies by ordering ready-to-frost holiday cut-out cookies and a tub of vanilla, cinnamon, or mint buttercream frosting. Be sure to check out their $5 cookie greetings, a single cookie in a gift box sent with your personal message. A huge red, white and blue salute to Cheryl’s for offering free shipping to APO and FPO addresses!