Modesto, CA, USA
This is a neat Santa Cruz stop if you have kids with you. It's small enough not to exhaust an antsy little one ( or several of them) and cause a meltdown. There's a touch pool with neat creatures and kids can chat with scientists. Plus: snap a picture with the blue whale skeleton or elephant seal statues!
This recipe is only a tiny bit more laborious than plain ol' drop cookies but way more rewarding. These are great for gifting but if you're layering them the layers MUST be lined with with wax paper... the totally scrumptious frosting doesn't dry completely and might get smudgy.