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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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Christmas quickly approaches…

18 Dec

It’s almost Christmas…who knew! Seems like this time of year came out of nowhere and I’m just barely prepared. I certainly hope you guys are ready because I’m definitely not. Well, presents-wise, that is. As far as confections, I’ve always got something cooking (or should I say baking?) up in mind!

NelleBelle’s Confections is known for cupcakes from classic to creative, but what about cookies? Don’t you love cookies? Let’s be honest; everybody loves cookies.  What if cookies grew on trees? Better yet, what if trees were made of cookies?  What about a Christmas tree made of cookies!

I just couldn’t help myself on this one. It was so much fun to make and even more fun to eat! I was so excited when I came up with the idea that I seriously considered leaving work early just to go home and build it. Instead, I took the mature way out…and just planned my tree while at work. Genius!

The tree is simple: I used 4 star cookie cutters in ascending sizes and some colorful frosting. The cookies are sugar cookies zig-zagged from the largest cookie-star up into the smallest. My handy-dandy #16 star tip and some multi-colored buttercreme frosting added decoration to tips of randomly selected cookies and voila! NelleBelle’s Christmas Cookie-Tree was born! Toss a big star on top (so necessary) and sprinkle some green sanding sugar around for added holiday cheer.

This would be an excellent centerpiece for a holiday party at work, Christmas ceremony at church, or annual dinner with the family. It’s so easy and so delicious, you could make it yourself in almost no time! Or, you could focus on the joys of the season and order a custom-built tree from NelleBelle’s Confections! Personally, I think you should go with the second choice, but that’s just me 🙂

I wonder how cool it would be to have a green Christmas tree with red and white “ornaments”? Hmmmm…I think I sense another post coming soon…

Until next time, have a delicious day!

– NelleBelle