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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Our biggest brownie gift basket is no match for Alabama’s behemoth

Extravagant Delights brownie gift basketDo you have a big brownie appetite? You might order gourmet brownies from Fairytale Brownies in a sizeable Extravagant Delights brownie gift basket.

Or, you might go really big like the folks in Daphne, Ala. Something Sweet Bake Shop just put Daphne on the map – and into the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to a report in Alabama’s Gulf Coast News, Something Sweet recently baked the world’s largest brownie. At its official weigh-in, the bake shop’s brownie tipped the scales at over 234 pounds. The previous record was 220 pounds, 7 ounces.

Not too shabby!

The effort to bake the world’s largest brownie supported a good cause. Slices of the brownie sold for $3 each with proceeds going to the Bay Area Food Bank’s backpack program, which provides take-home food to students on weekends when school cafeterias are closed.

The brownie produced nearly 1,200 slices. That’s over $3,000 for charity. Way to go, Something Sweet!

We’ll admit that we can’t come close to delivering 234 pounds...

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Ship brownies or bars to white chocolate-loving friends

raspberry white chocolate barIf ever there was a flavor overshadowed by its big brother, it was white chocolate. Seriously, real chocolate will always get top billing … except on September 22. That’s when the nation – well, some of it – celebrates White Chocolate Day.

Fairytale Brownies offers multiple ways to celebrate White Chocolate Day. We ship brownies and bars as gourmet gifts featuring white chocolate. There’ll be more on that in a minute. But first, in honor of White Chocolate Day and courtesy of Wikipedia, here are three fun facts about white chocolate:

  • In the U.S., there are regulations governing what may be marketed as "white chocolate. For example, white chocolate must be at least 20% cocoa butter.
  • White chocolate was invented by the Nestlé company in Switzerland. The first white chocolate bar debuted in 1930.
  • White chocolate makes an absolutely delicious gourmet gift. OK. This one wasn’t from Wikipedia. We made it up because we love white chocolate!

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Melissa’s Q&A: I’d send brownies to my husband’s godmother

Melissa Eisenstein is a customer service team member at Fairytale Brownies. When Fairytale fans like you have a question about an order, she’s the one at the other end of the line. We asked her which of our delicious gourmet brownies was her favorite and who she’d most like to send brownies or cookie gifts to. Here are her answers:

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Q: Why do you love working at Fairytale Brownies?

MelissaA: My job here is very fulfilling! I get to make someone’s day by sending them a gift of gourmet goodies and providing the best customer service I possibly can. It’s wonderful to go above and beyond to please our customers.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I enjoy swimming, hanging out with friends, cooking, baking, and taking vacations to new destinations or old favorites!

Q: Which of our gourmet gifts is your favorite?

A:  My current favorite is our Peanut Butter Cookie. I’m a HUGE peanut butter lover, and the Peanut...

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Buy brownies for a Browns fan this football season

Our brownie mascotIt’s football season, which is fine by us. At Fairytale Brownies, we love football season – especially when we’ve got gourmet brownies and cookie gifts nearby during the game.

Even our brownie mascot loves football, though you wouldn’t know it to look at him. You’re more likely to think of words like whimsical or delicious when you see him. Not hard-hitting and bone-crushing. But our mascot has family in the National Football League.

When the Cleveland Browns were founded in 1946, its logo included Brownie the Elf. Brownie was a part of team merchandise and even made the cover of the Browns’ first four media guides.

As described by Steve King of ClevelandBrowns.com, Brownie the Elf is “a pixie-type character with big, pointy ears, wearing slip-on boots, a belt with a big buckle and a stocking cap – and a football tucked underneath his right arm.”

Alas, after 20 years with the team, Brownie was ditched by owner Art Modell in the mid-60s. Booooooo!

Fret not for our mascot’s hard-nosed cousin....

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Have coconut cookies delivered for World Coconut Day

coconut walnut cookieIn the United States, September 2 is Labor Day. Around the world, as decreed by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), September 2 is World Coconut Day.

At Fairytale Brownies, we’re OK with doubling down on our holidays. After all, we love coconut! You can have Coconut Walnut Cookies delivered that include toasty walnuts, sweet coconut flakes, and rich chocolate cocoa form a blend of flavors with a velvety smooth finish.      

In honor of World Coconut Day and courtesy of the APCC, here are four juicy facts about the coconut:

  • The APCC’s 18 member countries produce over 90% of the world’s coconuts. Members include Fiji, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Coconuts are not really nuts. They are drupes. Drupes are fleshy fruits with a central stone that houses the seed. Young coconuts are used as fruits. Mature coconuts are used as seeds.
  • Nobody knows exactly when the first coconut popped out from a palm tree, but specialists say...
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Hunter’s Q&A: I’d send brownies to Kevin Costner

Hunter Kreie is the Information Technology Team Leader at Fairytale Brownies. Hunter is responsible for network administration, database management, and application development. When a computer stops working, he reboots it (kind of an inside joke here at Fairytale Brownies ;)

We asked Hunter which of our delicious gourmet brownies was his favorite and who he’d most like to send brownies or cookie gifts to. Here are his answers:

Q: Why do you love working at Fairytale Brownies?

A: I love working at Fairytale Brownies because the people here are really great. It’s a benevolent enterprise. We spread joy and happiness through brownies.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I like hanging out with friends and family, playing racquetball, and exploring Arizona’s back roads on a dual-sport motorcycle.

Q: Which of our fudgy chocolate brownies is your favorite?

A: Right now, I’m really liking our new Lemon Blondie Bars. Our website says they “combine a touch of tart and a bite of sweet, (and are) topped...

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Sweet apartments for cookie-loving football fans

We recently stumbled across a news item that made us hungry for cookie baskets … and a little football! cookie baskets for football fans

According to Mark Holmberg of WTVR in Richmond, Va., a long-abandoned cookie factory is being converted into high-end apartments. Just another real estate deal? Hardly!

The cookie factory-turned-apartment complex is right next door to the Washington Redskins' brand new practice facility. Once the renovation is complete, tenants will be treated to freeway access, a gym, a swimming pool, plenty of parking … and an overlook of Redskins training camp for three weeks every summer.

That’s quite a selling point in a football-crazed country. Of course, the cookie factory was already a pretty sweet hunk of real estate. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) The historic building opened as the Southern Biscuit Works in 1899. It was most recently known as the FFV Interbake Cookie and Cracker Factory.

Brian McNeal, a member of the partnership of developers transforming the factory into an apartment complex,...

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Back-to-school tip: Send brownies as a student care package

Back-to-school season is an exciting time around Fairytale Brownies. That’s partially because we’re only a few miles down the road from Arizona State University. It’s so fun to see the students return to town! student care package brownies

It’s also exciting because we’re so busy. It seems families have caught onto the tip that brownies make a great student care package. I mean, no one wants to move back into the dorms on an empty stomach. Right?

So, a tip for the families of college students: Send brownies or cookie baskets. And here are five tips for college students as they return to campus this month.

1. Get to know your campus. Most colleges offer study areas, computer labs, tutoring services, and more. It’s up to you to find these resources and take advantage of them. After all, that’s what they’re there for!

2. Don’t schedule back-to-back classes. There are few things more exhausting than sitting through back-to-back lectures.  

3. Take a break … but keep it short. After every hour or so of studying, take a...

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The friendship that launched our gourmet brownies

International Friendship Day is this Sunday. That gets us thinking about the story of the friendship that launched our gourmet brownies. friendship built on brownies

Our co-founders Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz met on their kindergarten playground in Central Phoenix. Despite their differences – Eileen is a creative extrovert, David is more process-oriented – they’ve been collaborating on business ventures ever since.

Eileen recalls one of their earliest projects. “In third grade, we did animation projects. I think David still has a copy of one movie where we made a clay head that turned into a snake and then ate itself.”

Friendship continues to be an important part of the Fairytale Brownies mission.

In honor of that initial playground meeting between Eileen and David, we support Kaboom!. Kaboom is a national non-profit dedicated to creating great playspaces for America’s children.

We also honor friendship by producing world-class gourmet brownies that are perfect for sharing with friends. They’re so perfect for...

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No fudgy chocolate brownies? Send cheesecake gourmet gifts!

One of my favorite backup desserts – when there are no fudgy chocolate brownies around – is cheesecake. So, July 30 is a big day for me because it’s National Cheesecake Day! cheesecake swirl fairytale bar

If you’re ready to celebrate National Cheesecake Day, Fairytale Brownies has the perfect gourmet gift for you. Our Cheesecake Swirl Fairytale Bar is fine cake flour, organic vanilla extract, pure creamery butter and a swirl of sweetened cream cheese.

In honor of National Cheesecake Day and courtesy of Wikipedia, here are four fun facts about cheesecake:

  • Cheesecake dates back at least to ancient Rome. An even older form of cheesecake may have been popular in ancient Greece.
  • The cheesecake Americans know and love came about after New Yorker William Lawrence invented cream cheese in 1872.
  • There are two main types of cheesecake in America. Philadelphia cheesecake is lighter in texture and richer in flavor than New York cheesecake.
  • While cream cheese is the base for cheesecakes in the U.S., Italian cheesecakes feature...
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