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Pittsburgh Cookie Table

NEW Custom Wedding Cookies– Perfect for a Cookie Table!

Wondering how to have a cookie table at a wedding?

You’ve come to the right place! Here are 5 tips to creating the Perfect Cookie Table experience:

1) Assemble a Cookie Table Team: face it.. you can’t do it all by yourself… that just wouldn’t be fun!

Send out an invite to guests who may want to contribute to the Cookie Table Project– better yet– plead your favorite bakers to make their specialty cookies! There may be a squabble or two over who gets to make their famous buckeyes but in the end there are enough jobs at a Cookie table to go around! Baking, coordination, set up, arrangement, replenishment, maintenance and take down are just a few of the “responsibilities” your cookie team can assign. Don’t forget to suggest a list of a variety of cookies with different shapes and colors to really make the table sweet!

 

2) DO NOT run out of (A) Cookies & (B) SPACE!what is more upsetting? (A) An empty cookie table or (B) not having the cookies you made included in the arrangement?

(A) DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT run out of cookies at your cookie table! You will have a problem… Prepare for guests to look at your cookie table like they haven’t had anything to eat all day. Experts suggest >5 cookies per guest. 200 guests at 5 cookies each…. 80+ dozen cookies!

(B) Bring extra tables and linens! I have personally experienced delicious cookies go untouched because they never even made it to the extremely cramped table. Do you feel for the poor untouched & forgotten cookies? Think of their poor creator!

 

 3) Cookie Table Take-Out: Provide take-home containers for guests as a party favor!

If you provide every guest with their own take-out cookie table container you will not have left over cookies. I assure you. Want to keep all the left overs for yourself? Impossible! People are sure to sneak a few cookies out of the building. Individually wrapping your cookies is also another easy & great way for your guests to enjoy their treats another day! **IMPORTANT CAVEAT** do not forget an extra big take-out box for the hosts family!

 

4) SIGNS & LABELSevery table AND cookie has a story– Share it!

A big sign that screams “COOKIE TABLE HERE!” cannot go unnoticed. Use the extra space on the sign to discuss a little about the historical ties or familial stories pertaining to the cookie table. Label the name of cookies on your table as well as their baker’s name– you can even have a small snippet about the history of the cookie and its importance in the life of the table’s host. Also, the sign is a great chance to explicitly state– “PLEASE TAKE SOME WITH YOU-FILL A BOX FOR HOME! ”   **Side Note** Make sure to label any cookie with the necessary allergen information. Using nut free cookies is your safest bet to have a worry free time!

 

5)NOT JUST COOKIES!: Candy, Cupcakes and Coffee… Oh My!

Do not let history dictate what can and cannot include in your cookie table… it is yours after all! Include some candy, cupcakes, coffee, milk, tea and other various beverages and sweets with your cookie table. Chocolate fountain anyone? Better yet.. have an oven on hand? Have a DIY cookie baking and icing table! the youngsters will love it.

 

 

Interested in reading more about Cookie Tables? check out our Cookie Table History & Tradition post. 

Does the cookie table sound intimidating yet? Don’t fear! Invite SmileyCookie to your Cookie Table and have one less cookie to worry about! Our cookies are kosher and nut free with bulk availability, individually wrapped, and custom color options (THE perfect easy take-home party favor!)

 

 

 

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Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table

NEW Custom Wedding Cookies– Perfect for a Cookie Table!

The wedding cookie table tradition is a phenomena deeply ingrained within the Pittsburgh wedding culture. Various historical sources state that the origin of the cookie table varies. Some sources believe that it originated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while others argue soulfully that it all began in Youngstown, Ohio.

What is known is that the cookie table became popular in the industrial era and Great Depression– seen as a response to growing financial uncertainty and an avenue for the rise in cultural expression and growing family ties.

Currently the cookie table tradition is thriving in Pittsburgh & Youngstown but is also found at various weddings, graduations, and other celebrations across: New York, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey.

For those of you who have never experienced a cookie table, expect to find the more common types of wedding cookies: peanut butter blossoms, buckeyes, lady locks, fruit horns and nut caps; arranged daintily upon a buffet sized table. The more “personal”  cookies like Nonna-made pizzelles, Babcia’s sweet kolackis, or Yia Yia’s ever-sought-after baklava will be coveted and may only be available in a limited supply– so take it from a cookie professional… enjoy them FAST!

So… BIG question… how many cookies at a cookie table is too many? That is totally up to you– the beauty of the cookie table! Wedding Cookie Tables average >5 cookies per attendee. For a party of 200 people you should expect to see near 80 dozen cookies!  If one is convinced after such statistic that they will have cookies left over… introducing… the second greatest phenomena next to cookie table culture… the cookie table attendee’s ”take-home” box! Best party favor idea ever, right?

 

 

Are you thinking about having your own cookie table? Check out the Cookie Table: How To post– and also… invite SmileyCookie to your cookie table! All of our cookies are nut free, kosher and available in bulk! Individually wrapped & color customization options are available.

 

 

 

 

If you, your relative, or a friend you know experience any form of peanut allergy, you know just how pesky it can get finding delicious treats while at the same time staying far away from peanuts.  Not only are you avoiding peanuts, but you’re avoiding anything processed in the same production line with peanuts.  Your taste buds are craving that delicious buttery treat, but you have to turn away in disappointment when you read the ingredient list.  Know the feeling?

You can give a heart shaped Smiley to your loved ones without having to worry your heart about allergies since they are peanut free!

You can give one of heart shaped Smileys to your loved ones without having to worry your heart about allergies since they are peanut free!

At Smiley Cookies, we have a peanut free bakery we’ve designed just for you.  And we’ve created the dream treat for the peanut allergy sufferer: peanut free snacks, delicious cookies and gift baskets from our Smiley line that are peanut free.  And when we say peanut free, we mean it.  Not only is there absolutely no trace of peanut ingredient, but we haven’t even baked these goodies in the same room as all the other peanut-containing snacks.  Anyone who suffers with a peanut allergy knows they can’t even touch something that could be possibly cross-contaminated with a peanut, or else they could risk a violent reaction.  Smiley Cookie’s peanut free bakery is a peanut free environment.

We know just how tasty our treats are—our buyers can’t get enough!  And we’re not going to exclude anyone with a peanut allergy.  Instead, we’ve created a special peanut free treat just for you.  Shop now at Smiley Cookie by an entire category of no-nut cookie treats.  That means anything you want on that page is safe for you to eat.

Here’s a few of the nut-free fun and tasty peanut free snacks we’ve concocted just for you.

Original Smiley Cookies: When was the last time you had a fresh-baked, original flavored Smiley cookie?  Now, you can have one anytime without risking a nut allergy reaction!  Our tasty tray of one dozen nut-free one-and-only original Smiley Cookies are sure to put a smile on your face.

Nut Free Cookie Gift Baskets: These come in all kinds: with a travel mug, in a flower basket, or as a get well package.  If you know a friend with a nut allergy who is under the weather, this is the perfect treat: a tasty dessert they can enjoy without a single worry of worsening their health.  These Smiley cookies come in flower baskets that are sure to make the heart happy!

Create a customized treat for a group of kids by picking the colors and shape of your Smiley. Since they're nut free, they're safe to share with everyone!

Create a customized treat for a group of kids by picking the colors and shape of your Smiley. Since they're nut free, they're safe to share with everyone!

Next time your child goes to school, pack a dozen original smiley peanut free cookies away in his or her lunch without risking a peanut allergy.  It’s the perfect go-to classroom or lunch snack for a child suffering from a peanut allergy.  Or design a customized cookie in the shape and colors of your kid’s school or favorite team that you will know is safe for sharing. Of course, you can tuck some in your bag for a quick, peanut free snack at work too.

Teen Earns Seat as Sophmore Class Treasurer with Help from Smileycookie.com

ONLEY, Md., Oct. 29

Evan Schwartz, 15, may not be running for a seat in the senate, or campaigning for congress, but he knows getting voters attention during election season begins with putting a smile on constituents’ faces- 25 dozen to be exact.

A Victorious Evan Schwartz Poses With His Campaign Sign and A Smiley Cookie!

A Victorious Evan Schwartz Poses With His Campaign Sign and A Smiley Cookie!

Schwartz passed out 300 Smiley Cookies to his classmates during his campaign for sophomore class treasurer at Sherwood High School in Olney, MD, encouraging them to vote. His idea to order from SmileyCookie.com made a bold statement alongside his candy-giving running mates.

“Everyone loved the Smiley Cookies from SmileyCookie.com. I got a great response from my friends and teachers, and people are already talking about my campaign next year,” said Schwartz, who plans to order from SmileyCookie.com again when he runs for Sherwood High School’s Student Government Association as a junior.

Pittsburgh-based Eat’n Park, a family dining restaurant chain with locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, made the Smiley Cookie famous over the last two decades and recently expanded their availability through SmileyCookie.com. The Schwartz family learned about the cookies thanks to visits from relatives in Pittsburgh, who brought Smiley Cookies to family events.

SmileyCookie.com conveniently delivers gourmet Smiley Cookies fast and fresh to all 50 states. A line of cookie gift baskets is available for virtually every occasion, including birthdays, get well, thank you,Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, with cookies taking the shape of jack-o-lanterns, Christmas trees, holiday stars, hearts, shamrocks, and bunnies.

Custom, or personalized, cookies can be ordered in a variety of colors. A dozen Smiley Cookies start out at $11.99, plus shipping. Each gift order is backed by a 100 percent guarantee and all of their gourmet sugar cookies are nut free, kosher and trans fat-free.

It’s difficult to say if the cookies were pivotal in his win, but this is the second year he has passed out Smiley Cookies and emerged victorious. Last year, Schwartz used Smiley Cookies to campaign for freshman class treasurer. They were so well liked that he ordered twice as many during this year’s run for office.

“Politicians running for government positions in Washington, DC, or Maryland, could take a cue from Evan,” said Robyn Schwartz, Evan’s mother. “When he discovered the same fresh-baked Smiley Cookies available at Eat’n Park restaurants could be ordered online, he thought it would be a great way to get voters’ attention at school.”

For more on this story, please visit bizjourmals.com

http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2010/10/29/NE91726

Our “Love You Mom” Mother’s Day Cookies were recently featured on a segment about great Mother’s Day gifts that won’t break the bank by Washington DC’s Channel 9:

Check out our close up!

Check out our close up!

Click here to see the clip.

(http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/204154/158/Deals-For-Mothers-Day)

For many of us, baking cookies with Mom is a treasured childhood memory. The scent of fresh cookies wafting through the kitchen reminds us of home. Mother’s Day is coming up, and you’re looking for the perfect gift for the special Mom in your life. Or maybe you’ve got little ones who want to give Mommy or Grandma a sweet treat for her special day.

Mom has seen fruit baskets, chocolates, and flowers before. This year, why not try something new. What could be better than gourmet cookies smiling for your Mom?

#1 Mom Cookies are the perfect Mother's Day Gift

Our “#1 Mom” Cookies make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

 

Moms deserve the best: delicious edible stars, hearts, or flowers in her favorite color, endearing grins on our traditional Smiley Cookies, or maybe make the message even clearer with our “#1 Mom “” or “Love You Mom” cookies or our sumptuous chocolate chip cookies. You can even surprise her with something a little more elaborate, like a Stars and Smiles Gift Basket or a Travel Mug and Gourmet Sugar Cookie Basket or one of special Mother’s Day Gift Baskets!

Gourmet Mother's Day Gift Basket

Our Deluxe Tower of Treats for Mom is the a Mother’s Day Gift Basket guaranteed to make her smile!

Our fresh, hand-iced cookies are sure to please. SmileyCookie has the perfect, unique Mother’s Day gift the special mother in your life deserves.

Some people are just plain hard to buy for — either they are fussy or they have everything. One thing they don’t have, and even the fussiest of the fussy will enjoy, is one of our birthday gift baskets filled with melt-in-your mouth, buttery Smiley cookies. Choose from several Smiley Cookie gift baskets with cookies or cookies, coffee and a mug. Relatives, friends and co-workers will love you for this gift, and though it may not last long, the smiles that Smiley cookie gift basket brings will be remembered for a long time.

A Birthday Gift Basket like this one is guaranteed to make anyone Smile!

A Birthday Gift Basket like this one is guaranteed to make anyone Smile!

Our cookies are made fresh and hand packed so they are always fresh no matter where you send them. These gifts are perfect for the birthday guy or gal overseas, though you might want to choose one of our bigger baskets. You know that once your loved one in the military opens the package, everyone around is going to want a Smiley Cookie. We also have cookie gift baskets for other occasions that require congratulations, such as graduations, new babies and marriage.

You can also create your own birthday cookie. Choose a shape, a base color and a smiley color to personalize your loved one’s smiley cookies. Need Kosher cookies for that someone special? You don’t have to forgo cookies because you need Kosher — we also bake Kosher cookies.

In the mid-1990s, a group of schoolchildren in Pennsylvania decided that the state needed an official cookie. While the children suggested chocolate chip (because of Hershey, PA), many thought that sugar cookies offered more historical significance.

While the earliest cookies date back to the 7th century, German Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania first introduced sugar cookies in the 1700s. History suggests that they probably derived from an earlier, unleavened cookie called a jumble. A biscuit that gained popularity in Europe because of the fact that, as a non-leavened food, it could be dried and stored for many months. Jumbles traditionally are made of nuts, flour, eggs, and sugar, with vanilla, anise, or caraway seed used for flavoring.

Our Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies are a delicious example of modern sugar cookies!

Our Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies are a delicious example of modern sugar cookies!

The modern sugar cookie gained popularity in America sometime in the 1930s when it became traditional for children to leave sugar cookies and milk out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Because of how easy it is to cut and shape sugar cookie dough, custom cookies have become very popular.

The original name for cookies came from the Dutch word for “little cakes” (koekje) because cooks used a small amount of cake batter to test their oven temperature before baking a large cake. Today, preparation method plays an important role in how cookies are classified – drop, molded, pressed, refrigerated, bar or rolled.

While we prefer to roll our sugar cookies in order to create the delightful smiley treats customers have come to love,  other dropped, pressed and molded sugar cookie recipes abound. So, whether your taste buds scream out for chocolate chip cookies, our famous Smiley Face sugar cookies or one of our other fabulous gourmet treats, we can help you find the perfect gift for any occasion.

It’s time to play another round of our wildly popular #StarSmile Contest! Just guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a dozen Smiley Cookies.

 

You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen of our fresh Smiley Cookies that we’ll deliver to your door.

 

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today. Get your friends involved by using the social media sharing buttons below.

 

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this famous smile belongs to?

Can you guess who this famous smile belongs to?

Can you guess who this famous smile belongs to?

 

It’s time to play another round of our wildly popular #StarSmile Contest! Just guess the name of the celebrity whose smile is pictured below and you’ll be automatically entered to win a dozen Smiley Cookies.

 

You can enter by tweeting your answer @Smileycookie with the tag #StarSmile or by leaving a guess in the comments section of the StarSmile post on our Facebook page. At stake is a dozen of our Gourmet Smiley Sugar Cookies that we’ll deliver fresh to your door.

 

Guess as often as you like and we’ll keep adding hints on Facebook and Twitter every now and then to help you out. We’ll randomly draw the winner from everyone who guessed correctly at 3 PM today. Get your friends involved by using the social media sharing buttons below.

 

But enough of the contest mumbo jumbo, can you tell us who this famous smile belongs to?

If you can name this famous smile, you can win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

If you can name this famous smile, you can win a dozen Smiley Cookies!

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