Custom cutters for creative cookie gifts

Some people are quite content with circular cookies. We can’t recall ever receiving a complaint about the roundness of the treats in our cookie baskets.

However, for some brave souls, circles are a bit square. Think about it. When you’re offering cookie gifts to your friends and loved ones, you want to personalize them a bit.

That’s why we loved The Daily Meal’s recent slideshow of 10 creative sets of cookie cutters.

They’ve compiled quite a list, from three-dimensional dinosaurs to pugs and hedgehogs and from moustaches to ninjas and zombies. Heck, they even found a set of Game of Thrones sigil cookie cutters. (For the record, I’m with House Targaryen.)

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As they wrote in the intro, “You could go with boring old Christmas trees and gingerbread men shapes, sure. Or, you could kick it up several notches with some awesome and creative themed cutters! Seriously, let’s separate your cookies from the pack of Pinterest fails and boring shapes with some inventive and hilarious cookie cutters.”

It seems you have two choices when delivering cookie gifts. You can make your own cookies and add some pizzazz with creative cookie cutters like these. Or, if you want to send some circular sweetness, order cookie baskets from us.

Either way, the recipient is bound to be impressed.

Happy cookie cutting!

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Celebrate with chocolate chip cookie baskets and brownie gifts

The first line of the Wikipedia entry for chocolate chips keeps it awfully simple. “Chocolate chips,” the entry states, “are small chunks of chocolate.” chocolate chip brownie gift

Yup. That about sums it up. And that’s fine by us, because we don’t need much more reason to celebrate chocolate—especially on May 15 (aka National Chocolate Chip Day).

Chocolate chips have myriad uses from pancakes to hot chocolate and ice cream to trail mix. Of course, our favorite uses for chocolate chips are in our Chocolate Chip Brownie gifts and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie baskets.

Did you ever consider the many types of chips spawned by Ruth Graves Wakefield’s 1937 invention?

According to Wikipedia, Ruth’s semisweet chocolate chips eventually evolved to include bittersweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and white and dark swirled chocolate chips.

Whew!

Like that original Wikipedia entry, we like to keep it simple at...

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Have brownies delivered to a galaxy far far away on Star Wars Day

Geeks like me will celebrate this Sunday. It’s May the fourth. As in, may the fourth be with you. It’s Star Wars Day. Get it?! raspberry brownies delivered

Unfortunately, for Luke Skywalker and the gang, they didn’t have brownies delivered a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

Wookiepedia has 139 pages dedicated to individual desserts from the Star Wars universe. (That’s 139 pages out of a total of 110,130 pages on other things like species, battles, and star systems!)

Instead of having brownies delivered, Luke may have soothed his sweet tooth on Octavian fruit pudding, Corellian fried ice cream, or Bantha breakfast biscuits. Wondering what the heck these are? Well, visit Wookiepedia to find descriptions like this one:

“Zoochberry cobbler was a type of dessert dish containing zoochberries. It was one of the Besalisk cook Dexter Jettster's favorite way of eating zoochberries and was served in Dex's Diner on the planet Coruscant where it cost 2.7 credits or with Denta bean ice cream for an extra 3 credits.”

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Bake Sally’s gourmet cookies between brownie deliveries

Sally McKenney, a writer and photographer from Baltimore, has developed quite a following for her excellent food blog Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s a great stop for gourmet cookie and dessert recipes to fill the gap between brownie deliveries from Fairytale Brownies.

Sally’s blog recently caught the attention of NPR, which published her recipe for Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies. Sally’s gourmet cookies are sprinkled with sea salt and stuffed with caramel. Last year, the recipe won a Nestle Toll House contest—and the accompanying $5,000 grand prize!

So, how does one go about stuffing caramel into a gourmet cookie? As Sally's told to NPR, “The trick to stuffing the caramel candy inside is to make sure the dough completely envelops it. Otherwise you'll have a leaking caramel mess on your cookie sheets!”

Yeah, we’re guessing that’s not as easy as it sounds.

If you’re in the mood for a sweet combination of chocolate and caramel but you’re not ready to follow Sally into the kitchen, it’s...

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April is all about birthday food gifts in my family

April is birthday month in my family. My brother’s birthday is April 23. My dad’s birthday is April 28. My birthday is April 30. On the other hand, my mom’s birthday is in March. What a challenge it must’ve been for her to lead a household of three stubborn Taurus men!

In addition to my immediate family’s birthdays, my uncle and eldest cousin have April birthdays as well. And to top it all off, my parents’ anniversary is in April. April brings no shortage of excuses to celebrate. And my relationship with Fairytale Brownies offers me no shortage of access to amazing Belgian chocolate brownies to deliver as birthday food gifts.

Rich and delicious, Belgian chocolate brownies from Fairytale Brownies are ideal gifts for life’s meaningful moments—like birthdays. If you’re wondering which to send me this April, you’re in luck. I’ve been taste testing for years waiting for this moment.

My favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownie with its velvety peanut butter and smooth dark chocolate and the Pecan...

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Caramel brownies and cookie gifts for National Caramel Day

caramel cookie giftEarly April is a time for delicious chewy caramel. That’s because April 5 is National Caramel Day.

At Fairytale Brownies, we deliver fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookie gifts flavored with delightful caramel.

According to Wikipedia, the process of caramelization involves the slow heating of sugar to approximately 170 degrees. The heating process breaks down the molecules, which then reform into compounds with the beige or light brown color and sugary sweet flavor that we all know and love.

Of course, you probably didn’t stop by this blog to learn how to make your own caramel. You came here to see how we use caramel to create amazing food gifts. Well, here’s the scoop.

Fairytale Brownies offers two delicious caramel food gifts for friends, family members, and colleagues celebrating National Caramel Day.

Our Caramel Brownie adds a creamy caramel layer to our traditional fudgy chocolate brownie to create the ultimate chewy temptation.

Our Caramel Pecan Cookie combines organic vanilla...

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Gourmet gift baskets with a lemon zest

If you live in Arizona like us, you know that spring time is citrus time. Maybe that’s why someone decided that March 29 should be National Lemon Chiffon Day. lemon blondie gourmet gift

At Fairytale Brownies, we don’t do lemon chiffon. But we do bake delicious Lemon Blondies. These treats combine a touch of tart and a bite of sweet and are topped with lemony icing for pure enjoyment. You can send Lemon Blondies as a single-flavor gourmet gift or in a mixed gift basket with other bar flavors.

In honor of national lemon chiffon cake day and courtesy of Sunkist, here are a few fun facts about lemons:

  • Although lemon cultivation started in the Mediterranean in the first century A.D., 95 percent of all lemons in the U.S. are grown in California and Arizona.
  • Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is known to ward off scurvy. As a result, lemons have spread through history thanks to the British navy, California gold miners (namesakes for the San Francisco 49ers), and more.
  • You probably won’t ever get scurvy. But you’ll almost...
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Fudgy chocolate brownies or pie? You decide

Excuse us for getting a little nerdy here, but today is Pi Day. Get it? It’s March 14th. That’s 3/14. And the numeric version of pi is 3.14159 … You get the idea. fudgy chocolate brownies

At Fairytale Brownies, we don’t do pie. We do fudgy chocolate brownies and gourmet cookies. And they are delicious. But, hey, we know there’s room for pie too, especially on Pi Day.

In a 2012 survey of 14,000 Americans, NPR found that our nation’s most popular pie is good old fashioned apple pie. That’s probably not surprising if you’re familiar with the saying, “It’s as American as apple pie.”

Seventeen percent of respondents listed apple as their favorite. Surprisingly, strawberry rhubarb came in second at 16 percent. Apple and strawberry rhubarb were followed in order by pumpkin (14 percent), cherry (11 percent), and blueberry (8 percent). Popular also-rans included pecan, peach, and key lime.

We don’t have beef with pie, whether it’s an American standard like apple pie or something a little strange like strawberry rhubarb.

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Belgian chocolate brownie gifts for March Madness

March Madness is upon us! In honor of one of our favorite sporting events, we thought it’d be fun to introduce you to some of college basketball’s tastiest mascots. Alas, we scoured the Internet and came up a little shy. belgian chocolate brownie gift

There’s the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. The slugs probably aren’t tasty, but we like bananas. There’s the Penn Quakers. Again, we wouldn’t eat a Quaker, but we do enjoy oatmeal. And there’s the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, who could probably cook up a mean plate of jambalaya.

Since college basketball isn’t offering up the goods, here are a few tasty brownie gifts for your March Madness party.

  • Fairytale Dozen: From cool Mint Chocolate to crunchy Pecan, this delicious brownie gift includes every magical flavor and comes hand packed in a classic gift box, wrapped in our signature purple band.
  • Regal Tower: Wow your friends and loved ones with this impressive four-box tower filled with three sizes of Belgian chocolate brownies, chewy Fairytale Cookies and buttery...
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Delivery brownies and cookie gifts with a hint of mint

There’s just something about the combination of rich chocolate and cool, refreshing mint. No wonder someone had the bright idea of proclaiming February 19 as Chocolate Mint Day. delivery browneis with mint chocolate

We love mint at Fairytale Brownies! We offer mint chocolate varieties of our delivery brownies and cookie gifts that are sure to please the mint lovers in your life. Hey, they might even appreciate these fun facts about mint, courtesy of the Mint Industry Research Council.

  • Ninety percent of all peppermint and spearmint oil produced in the U.S. goes into chewing gum, toothpaste, and mouth wash. That doesn’t leave much for the rest of us!
  • Mint is likely one of the earliest herbs put to regular use. Mint has been found in Egyptian tombs dating back to 1,000 BC and was probably used in China even earlier.
  • The early Romans believed mint improved intelligence. The Roman army carried mint with it throughout Europe, helping it to spread into new areas.

Who’s ready for mint? Our Mint Chocolate Brownies deliver cool...

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Fudgy chocolate brownies and rich cream cheese. What a combo!

Rich cream cheese swirled into fudgy chocolate brownies. What’s not to love? Well, someone loved the idea that they pronounced February 10 as Cream Cheese Brownie Day. Sweet! fudgy chocolate brownies with cream cheese

We deliver two gourmet gifts with a cream cheese kick in our Cheesecake Swirl Bars and our Cream Cheese Brownies. More on those treats in a moment. First, here are three facts about cream cheese from Wikipedia.

Although we think of cream cheese as an American product, early versions were referenced in England as early as 1583 and in France as early as 1651.

William A. Lawrence of New York became the first person to produce cream cheese in mass when he purchased a Neufchatel factory and alteed production processes in 1873.

Cream cheese is versatile! It’s used in everything from gourmet gifts and creamy sauces to crab rangoons and certain western-style sushi rolls.

And, of course, it’s used in several gourmet gifts from Fairytale Brownies. Our Cheesecake Swirl Bar combines fine cake flour, organic vanilla extract, pure...

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