Archive | December, 2011

Cookie Exchange!

13 Dec

Around the holidays, many groups of friends get together to carry on a long-time tradition known as the cookie exchange. What is a cookie exchange? It’s an awesome event where people gather, bake their favorite cookie, and share them with their participating friends and family. Not only do you get the joy of giving cookies, you have the immense pleasure of receiving cookies, too! Some traditions even include a chance to swap recipes! Sweet!

Oh, wait…what if you don’t like to bake? Or can’t think of a cookie to give? As it goes with all things surrounding the oven (except for electrical maintenance and such), I can help with that. How about giving these out to your chums?

Two almond-based shortbread cookies lovingly held together by raspberry preserves go on to create the great raspberry linzer cookies, a Christmas classic. A close kin to the epic thumbprint cookie, these little darlings seem to be the main attraction for any holiday dinner dessert table. Want proof? Order a box and watch how quickly they’ll disappear!

And just in case you’re wondering: no, it’s not cheating to order your portion of your local cookie exchange from a bakery. After all, the rules dictate that you bring your favorite cookie. And if you’re anything like me, chances are your favorite cookie comes from my over-active oven ๐Ÿ™‚

In the end, I hope you all thoroughly enjoy your holidays, specifically the time spent with loved ones. Can’t quite get enough of that ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, have a delicious day!

-NelleBelle

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Got Tree?

9 Dec

With Christmas just around the corner, the streets are flooded with bright faced customers bundled in bulky coats and fuzzy sweaters searching for the perfect Christmas tree. I tend to drive by them in my warm car and wonder what all the fuss is about. Why pour into redesigned parking lots when you can be at home gathered around this:

There, isn’t that better? To think, you were likely going to spend your weekends driving to the country wracking your brain around how to tie an 8′ pine to the roof of your car using a few feet of twine. And after all the Christmas fun had faded, you’d have to throw it away with nothing to show for all that hard decorating work.

…or…you could stay cozy at home with your family gathered around an edible, fully decorated version of the beloved holiday decoration. Hand-assembled from chocolate-covered cake pops, this “tree” is an awe-inspiring centerpiece and a scrumptious after-dinner treat. Maybe even before dinner ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time, have a delicious day!

-NelleBelle

It’s beginning…

7 Dec

…to look a lot like Christmas, and these eggnog cupcakes are to blame. They smell fantastic and taste even better. It’s no wonder they’re our newest Flavor of the Month!

This exclusive flavor will only be available for the remainder of the month of December. A moist, fluffy eggnog cake topped with an eggnog & nutmeg infused cream frosting is sure to be a hit this holiday season.

Get them while you can!

Until next time, have a delicious day!

-NelleBelle

Gather ’round the fire!

2 Dec


December is here already? That explains why it’s getting so incredibly cold outside. But, with my oven cranking around the clock, it’s much warmer inside. Who needs a fireplace when I’ve got an oven at 350 degrees? Seriously, hardly anybody looks forward to this time of year. Goodbye fall, goodbye Halloween, goodbye Thanksgiving, hello Christmas. Wait…hello Christmas?!?! Oh, joy! Christmas is just around the corner! Do you know what that means? Or at least what that means to a baking addict such as myself? *sniff sniff* There are such glorious smells that fill the air this time of year; it can only be one of two things…

#1 – Gingerbread!

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread men are a staple this season. Lovingly laced with ginger, cloves, allspice and more, these 6-inch soldiers will protect you from the harsh conditions just beyond your doorstep. And it doesn’t hurt that they come complete with the classic three red buttons ๐Ÿ™‚

…or maybe #2 – Peppermint!

peppermint mocha cupcake

The cool smell of peppermint reminds me of the cool winds swirling across my window. The red and white colors definitely keep with the sense of the Christmas season. Chocolate cupcakes infused with the intense flavor and intoxicating aroma of peppermint deserve to be topped with the ever-so-appropriate whipped topping (and red sanding sugar just to help set the mood). How awesome would it be to come in from the cold and cozy up to a warm mug of peppermint mocha cupcakes? Yum…

Boy, these two make an awesome pair. Although, separating them couldn’t hurt. Either way, they’re a delicious addition to any winter night and another sweet treat coming from my kitchen to yours. The bakery is always open. Want some? Just order (nellebellesconfections@gmail.com), it’s my pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay warm out there!

Until next time, have a delicious day!

-NelleBelle