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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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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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.

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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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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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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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Mail order cookies: Safer than baking at home?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently took a swipe at a cherished American baking tradition.mail order cookies

A few days before Christmas, the USDA tweeted, “Baking cookies for Santa? Don’t eat the raw dough! It contains uncooked eggs that may contain Salmonella bacteria.”

Bah humbug!

If you can’t resist tempting fate by tasting your cookie dough, you could leave the baking to Fairytale Brownies. We offer mail order cookies in six delicious flavors.

  • Natural peanut butter and pure cane sugar give our creamy Peanut Butter Cookie that classic peanut butter taste.
  • Cocoa powder and pure peppermint oil create the perfect blend of richness and cool, mint bursts in our Mint Chocolate Cookie.
  • Fine cocoa powder and rich Callebaut Belgian chocolate chips make our moist Double Chocolate Cookie a chocolate dream.
  • With organic vanilla extract, buttery caramel, and premium pecans, our Caramel Pecan Cookie offers a chewiness with a satisfying crunch.
  • Toasty walnuts, sweet coconut flakes, and rich chocolate cocoa form a...
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Best brownie? Of course! First brownies? Well, not so fast.

best browniesAt Fairytale Brownies, we’re confident that when you order brownies from us, you’ll receive the best brownies out there.

That said, we’ll readily admit that our brownies weren’t the first brownies out there. After all, we didn’t start baking brownies until 1992.

Mental Floss, a magazine dedicated to random facts and trivia, recently provided some of the back story on the world’s first brownies. Alas, identifying the inventor of any dessert dish can be a challenge. It’s not like patents are involved. So, the magazine offered up three scenarios:

1) An unknown chef was making biscuits and mixed in melted chocolate by accident. Either that or he was baking a cake and ran out of flour. We think the ambiguity alone is enough to discredit this theory.

2) A housewife in Bangor, Maine, was baking a chocolate cake and forgot to add baking powder. That seems a bit more plausible to us, but it doesn’t explain how brownies gained popularity outside her kitchen.

3) Chefs at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel...

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