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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Cookies by mail – or in your ice cream

mail order cookiesAt Fairytale Brownies, we’re known best for our gourmet brownies, but you might also know us for our lineup of delicious mail order cookies.

We’re not the only dessert company to engage into the cookie game. Ben & Jerry’s, which has a long history of producing excellent cookie-based ice cream products, recently launched three new flavors of ice cream that are actually wrapped around a core of cookie and cookie butter. Yum!

Here’s the inside scoop (get it?!) on Ben & Jerry’s new cookie core products:

  • Boom Chocolatta! Cookie Core includes mocha and caramel ice creams with chocolate cookies, fudge flakes, and a chocolate cookie core.
  • Peanut Buttah Cookie Core is peanut butter ice cream with crunchy peanut butter sugar bits, peanut butter cookies, and a peanut butter cookie core.
  • Spectacular Speculoos Cookie Core is dark caramel and vanilla ice cream with speculoos cookies and speculoos cookie butter core.

That all sounds delicious to us! That said, we enjoy cookies outside our ice cream as well.

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Author cooks up the best brownie themed books

best browniesJoanne Fluke has created a unique literary combination that we just had to share with our readers. Fluke writes mystery novels that contain actual baking recipes throughout the text.

Her latest work is Double Fudge Brownie Murder, which is the 18th installment of a series starring character Hannah Swensen. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Even though Hannah’s fabulous brownies can be found at the scene of the crime in the new book, it’s not a poisoning case.”

Whew! That’s certainly a relief to us. We’d hate to see delicious gourmet brownies get a bad rap.

After all, at Fairytale Brownies, we pride ourselves on baking the best brownies in a luxurious assortment of 12 mouthwatering flavors. Our gourmet brownies are the perfect companion to a good book or a great movie.

Speaking of which, for those among us who aren’t big readers, the Hannah Swensen stories are about to jump from the page to the screen. Later this spring, a movie version of the first novel in the series, 2001’s...

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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

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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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Pecan brownie gifts that are fit for a King

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming January 19. There’s increased interest in the man behind the holiday this year thanks to the acclaimed new film Selma.pecan brownie gift

Selma dramatizes the protest marches from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., that led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The movie is a Golden Globe nominee for best motion picture, best actor, and best director.

We did a little research and found that King’s favorite food was pecan pie. That’s not surprising. My family’s from the south too and we love pecan pie.

At Fairytale Brownies, we feature pecans in three of our gourmet cookie and brownie gifts.

Our Pecan Brownie gifts burst with handfuls of fresh, crunchy pecan halves. They’re available as full-size Fairytale Brownies or snack-size Fairytale Sprites.

Topped by a layer of chopped pecans, our Pecan Blondie Bars deliver the perfect blend of moist cake and satisfying crunch.

And our Caramel Pecan Cookies combine organic vanilla extract, buttery caramel, and premium pecans to pair chewy and...

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Get gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee – not in your coffee

gourmet cookies deliveredWould you rather have gourmet cookies delivered with your coffee or gourmet cookies delivered in your coffee?

It seems three of the world’s largest coffee retailers are trying to duplicate the success of the Pumpkin Spice Latte by following up that fall tradition with a new winter specialty: cookie-flavored coffee. According to the Boston Globe, there will be four new cookie coffees released by Caribou Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks.

Caribou Coffee recently released its Gingersnap Cookie Mocha which includes hints of ginger, allspice, and clove.

Starbucks’ new Chestnut Praline Latte is espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices topped off with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs. It’s the first new holiday drink from Starbucks in years.

Not to be outdone, Dunkin’ Donuts is releasing two cookie-flavored drinks. Topped with red and green sugar, the Sugar Cookie Latte emulates the taste of frosted cookies. Meanwhile, the Snickerdoodle Cookie Latte mixes...

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BizRate Platinum "Circle of Excellence" 2014 Winners

Every year BizRate Insights (a division of Connexity and one of the largest sources of consumer-generated reviews of online retailers in the United States) recognizes retailers who receive outstanding online customer satisfaction scores throughout a one-year period as rated by millions of verified online buyers. Fairytale Brownies has won this prestigious award for the past twelve consecutive years. What makes this award so special is that it is based on real customer feedback. Additionally, this year (2014) Fairytale Brownies placed in the Platinum Award category. The Platinum Award in awarded to retailers that not only achieve winner status, but also earn a score of at least 9 out of 10 in all seven key satisfaction areas reviewed for the award. Among the factors taking into consideration to be named a BizRate Circle of Excellence winner are:

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Product Selection
  • Ease of Finding
  • Repurchase Intent
  • On-time Delivery
  • Product Met Expectations
  • Customer Support

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Sweet Treats Are a Must at Every Wedding Reception

There's something about a wedding. Whether an extravagant affair or a simple civil ceremony, the romance of it all warms my heart.

gourmet browniesAlthough the celebration after the vows also can be extravagant or simple, one fact remains:. Something sweet ALWAYS is served. Cake, cupcakes, pie, candy, cookies, fudge brownies - as the official dessert or a gift favor takeaway, a sweet treat is required.

A good friend of mine in the Midwest was married this past summer.

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Although I couldn't make it to her bridal shower, I sent her a gift and some fudge brownies with her engagement photo on it to use as a keepsake box.

After receiving the gift, she remembered that our bite-sized Magic Morsels are wrapped in purple foil - the color of her bridesmaids' dresses! The Morsels would be a perfect fit as table favors for her reception.

She ordered them in bulk in a variety of flavors.

The Magic Morsels gourmet brownies were such a hit, that several people approached the mother of the bride with news that they spotted...

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