|It sounds like you have an astute manager who knows the importance of rewarding her employees for excellent performance, so you probably do not need to sugarcoat your comments to her. Most managers who provide this type of recognition want to give their employees rewards that they will truly enjoy. If no one has expressed concern about the sweets, your manager has every reason to think they are a real treat.|
In addition, managers like yours typically understand the importance of two-way communication. She probably manages by wandering around and has casual conversations with many members of the team. The next time she stops by to chat, ask her if she ever considered rewards other than cookies. This approach is neither criticism nor complaining.
She will probably mention a few options she considered, and then the floor will be open for you to make some suggestions. By the way, many managers today are revamping these recognition programs and adding fruits, movie tickets, supermarket coupons, and gasoline coupons. Your manager will probably want to discuss your question with the rest of the team, and she may well find that many will appreciate rewards that show some thinking outside the bakery box.