Are gourmet cookies a safer pick than cookie dough shots?

gourmet cookieCookie dough is all the rage these days. The Roasting Plant coffee shop in downtown Detroit has hopped on the bandwagon with gourmet cookie dough shots.

As described in an article in the Detroit Free Press, “The uncooked dough balls, studded with chunks of dark chocolate, are sold in shot-glass-sized plastic cups in a cooler in front of the shop's cash registers.”

Small shots, the equivalent of half a cookie, are $1.49. Large shots, equal to a whole cookie, cost $2.49.

As we posted earlier this year, the USDA warned consumers on Twitter: “Don’t eat the raw dough! It contains uncooked eggs that may contain Salmonella bacteria.” But don’t worry about these cookie dough shots being a threat to your health.

Shop manager Kristen Wing has taken this into consideration, as she explained to the Detroit Free Press. “The cookie dough is the same as the cookies, except it's made with pasteurized eggs so it won't make you sick,” Wing said.

Given that, stop by the Roasting Plant and grab a gourmet...

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13 gourmet brownie recipes that’ll knock your socks off

gourmet browniesWith the blogosphere cranking out so many amazing recipes on a daily basis, it’s hard to keep up.

Of course, you can skip the hassle of scouring the Internet for recipes by ordering gourmet brownie and cookie gifts from Fairytale Brownies.

However, if you also like to roll up your sleeves and get to work in the kitchen, then you’re in luck. Nettie Moore of Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog recently rounded up 13 knock-your-socks-off brownie recipes for a slideshow in Parade’s Community Table.

Here are five recipes from the list (with Nettie’s delicious descriptions) that really caught our eye.

  • Strawberries and Cream Brownies. An amazing brownie sandwich filled with strawberries and cream!
  • Low Fat Zucchini Brownies. Brownies made with zucchini, bananas and applesauce, no eggs and no oil. They get denser the next day, if they last that long!
  • Blackberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies. Rich and decadent brownies have been kicked up to a whole new level!
  • Brownie Cheesecake Bars-P. The chewy brownie and...
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Nurses With The Right Stuff Deserve A Sweet Brownie Treat For Nurses Week

I began working for the local newspaper during my sophomore year of college. I was majoring in journalism and was so excited to be near REAL reporters. One night at happy hour, a veteran reporter spent a good 30 minutes complaining about his career choice. When he realized I was still in school, he looked me in the eye and said, "Change your major to nursing. Do it now, and you won't regret it."

Nurses Week, browniesRamblings of a drunken man? Well, yes. But his girlfriend (now wife) was a nurse and loved her job.

Although I didn't follow his advice, I don't know if I would have been a good nurse if I HAD changed majors.

Knowing several nurses in my life, I realize they are successful in their chosen field because they have the right qualities for the job.

Good nurses must be empathetic and compassionate; they must be able to handle stress and accept suffering and death; they must communicate well and pay attention to details; and they must be able to switch gears, shifts or procedures at a moment's notice.

Nurs...

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Perfect brownie gifts as seen on TV? Here’s a better choice.

perfect brownie giftYou may remember seeing TV ads for the Perfect Brownie Pan. In fact, if you love perfect brownie gifts as much as we do, you may even have dialed the 800-number right then and there. And, if you did, the Federal Trade Commission has your back.

That’s right. The FTC has a bone to pick with Allstar Marketing Group, the marketer behind Perfect Brownie Pans and other as-seen-on-TV products like the Snuggie and Magic Mesh door covers.

Last month, according to an article in Consumerist, AMG agreed to pay $7.5 million to the FTC and $500,000 to the New York Attorney General’s Office. The agreement came after AMG allegedly duped buyers with buy-one-get-one free offers that included oversized shipping and handling fees.

So, yeah, you might think twice about that particular purchase. However, if you’re still on the lookout for the perfect brownie gift, Fairytale Brownies has you covered.

Just in time for the season, we have a delicious lineup of mouthwatering brownies, cookies, and bars wrapped in...

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Send brownie gifts to Demi Lovato ASAP

We all get cravings from time to time, but few of us have the social media following to start a Twitter avalanche with a simple tweet about brownies.

Earlier this year, singer and actress Demi Lovato shared her desire for brownies with her 27 million Twitter followers. That tweet has since sparked 28,000 favorites, 16,000 retweets, and countless replies. Not bad for something so short and (dare we say) sweet:

 

We imagine that the voice behind pop hits like Really Don’t Care, Non Lights, and Let It Go has plenty of access to delicious brownie gifts from friends, family, and fans.

raspberry brownie gift

But, just in case she doesn’t, here’s an introduction to three of my favorite under-the-radar Fairytale Brownies flavors for anyone wanting to send brownies to Demi:

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Fairytale Brownies Makes Monthly Birthday Gifting Easy for Businesses

chocolate brownies, deliver browniesBirthdays are kind of a big deal at Fairytale Brownies. Some of us decorate cubicles with balloons, streamers and confetti, and shower each other with gifts of food and little surprises - all to let our co-workers know they are special. And then we receive a treat from the owners of the company. I have to say - it doesn't matter how old you are, that little bit of appreciation boosts your spirits so much that you feel like you can do anything that day.

We've discovered many businesses celebrating similarly - They're using Fairytale Brownies gifts as the birthday surprise.

Companies will email us a spreadsheet listing the names, birth dates and addresses to send for a particular month. Then we will ship the specific gift requested by the birth dates with the specified gift messages. Some companies choose to deliver brownies to employees, clients or vendors at their home address. Others ship brownies to their work address. Either way, the recipient is sure to receive a fresh box of...

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In college football, the best cookies land the best players

For diehard college football fans, the season doesn’t end with the bowl games. It extends into February.caramel pecan cookie gifts

That’s when high school seniors announce which university they’ll play football for in the fall. Recruiting is a big business in college football – and it trickles all the way down into the world of desserts.

ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree recently reported on a trend of cookie gifts playing a vital role in the wooing of high school football players.

"Kids get fired up by the funniest things," Florida Atlantic University assistant coach Nick Caley told ESPN. "I know we've stepped up our cookie game here at FAU. We now have cookie cakes for the kids that are the thickness of a brownie."

The tactic doesn’t always pay off. We wrote in September about a cookie gift controversy at the University of South Carolina, which reported seven NCAA rules infractions including one related to “impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cake” given to high school recruits.

We think the tactic is more likely to pay...

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Gourmet brownies the inventor of peanut butter would love

peanut butter cookie giftThirty-five years after he was born on this day in 1849, Marcellus Gilmore Edson changed life as we know it. (Or, at least as I know it, since I’m somewhat addicted to his invention.)

According to Wikipedia, the Canadian pharmacist became the first person to patent peanut butter in 1884. In his patent application, he described peanut butter as having “a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment” and requiring peanuts to be milled to “a fluid or semi-fluid state.”

If that sounds less than appetizing, our peanut butter-flavored gourmet brownies and cookie gifts may do the trick for you.

Our Peanut Butter Cookie combines natural peanut butter and pure cane sugar to create a creamy cookie with that classic peanut butter taste.

Our customer service team lead Ellie Perry is especially fond of the cookie. “The peanut butter cookie is a classic-style cookie,” she said. “Rich peanut butter flavor with just the right amount of crunch on the edge and soft texture in the middle. LOVE IT!”

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Gourmet brownies we’d enjoy again and again on Groundhog Day

Well, it's Groundhog Day... again…espresso nib gourmet brownie

Bill Murray’s 1993 comedy hit Groundhog Day is as key to my knowledge of the holiday as Punxsutawney Phil. As you may recall, Murray’s character was doomed to repeat Groundhog Day over and over until he managed to successfully woo costar Andie MacDowell.

Over the last couple years, we’ve asked our teammates which of our gourmet brownie and cookie gifts is their favorite. These are the treats they’d enjoy again and again … just in case Groundhog Day repeats.

“My favorites have got to be the Toffee Crunch Brownie. I love the crunchiness of the toffee when it comes straight out of the refrigerator. Also, the Fairytale Bars are just so good. I can’t resist the Cheesecake Swirl Bar. Our sweet and buttery bars can't be beat.” ~ Jasmin Santiago, retail sales

“My favorite brownie is definitely the Raspberry Swirl Brownie. The raspberry flavor just melts in your mouth. Oh, and the Peanut Butter Cookie is absolutely amazing.” ~ Donna Baker, accounting

“My favorite...

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No 3D printer? Order cookies by mail from us!

You may not have seen one yet, but 3D printers are the next big thing.cookie gifts

What are they? 3D printers create real-life versions of digital files by layering threads of plastic on top of one another. NASA recently emailed a file of a wrench to the International Space Station and the astronauts aboard “printed” it to tighten a bolt. How cool is that?!?

Not all use cases for a 3D printer are as glamorous. But they sure can be tasty.

Cookie Caster is a new website where you can design a custom cookie cutter and print it on your in-home 3D printer. Now that would make for some unique cookie gifts!

What, you don’t have your own 3D printer yet? Well, don’t worry about that. As long as you don’t mind your cookies being round, you can order cookies by mail from Fairytale Brownies.

Baked with premium, all-natural ingredients, our gourmet cookie gifts are just like homemade. And they come in six mouth-watering flavors: Peanut Butter, Mint Chocolate, Double Chocolate, Caramel Pecan, Coconut Walnut, and Toffee...

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