Cookie bouquets blooming at Brewer shop

Posted Oct. 02, 2010, at 12:19 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — Flowers are wonderful, but cookies are edible, says Lori Tibbetts, the owner of and florist for Brewer Floral & Gift, which began selling homemade cookie bouquets just three weeks ago.

“We’ve done birthday cookie bouquets, baby arrangements with cookies made into pacifiers and bassinets,” she said. “We’ve had a sports-related one with footballs and cheering- and fall-themed [bouquets] with acorn cookies and fall leaves.”

The idea for the cookie bouquets came to Tibbetts after another Brewer florist began offering fruit bouquets.

“Everybody is [doing] fruit bouquets and I thought there has got to be a way to do something along that line, but different,” she said. “It’s unique and they have a longer life than fruit baskets.”

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The cookie baskets are made using sugar cookies mixed together from a recipe passed down to Tibbetts from her grandmother.

Each basket is made to order and can include a number of different types of tasty goodies such as whoopie pies, muffins, Rice Krispies treats and chocolate chip cookies, Tibbetts said.

“Custom orders are available,” she said. “If someone wants peanut butter cookies, we can do that.”

The baked items are cooked in the Waterville kitchen of Tibbetts’ mother, Diann Prince.

“She just called me and said she had 57 cookies made” for Friday orders for cookie bouquets, Tibbetts said. “Each order is made fresh. My mom was a baker for years in restaurants, so she’s a stickler for freshness and quality.”

Small cookie bouquets, which include five cookies, cost around $15, “and they go up from there based on what you want,” Tibbetts said.

The flower and gift shop opened two years ago Friday at 81 Center St., and will be moving on Nov. 1 to State Street Plaza.

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