Elisa Barber and Brenda Nibley are receiving national attention for their unique cookie creations. Barber, who owns The Baking Hive, a bakery in the Salt Lake Valley, attended culinary school in Ireland and gained experience as a chef in a prominent London Michelin Star restaurant and leading London bakery. Barber's friend Nibley has a natural flair for creating gingerbread houses and owns an artisan cookie architecture company called GingerGiddy. Together they have created some spectacular gingerbread houses.
When Nibley began posting photos of their creations on Instagram, a production company took note and approached them about the possibility of hosting their own reality show on national television. According to an interview with KSL, Barber was initially skeptical and even believed the offer was some kind of scam; however, they decided to take the plunge and filmed a pilot episode of Crazy Cookie Builds in February.
The pilot episode features a gingerbread replica of Rice-Eccles Stadium, which was built for Kyle Whittingham to celebrate his 100th win as head football coach at the University of Utah. It also features a giant gingerbread schoolhouse built for students at William Penn Elementary School in Salt Lake City. The episode claims that the schoolhouse is 7 feet tall, but Barber and Nibley say it was actually 10 feet tall. "We need credit for that extra 3 feet," said Barber.
The pilot episode aired on the Cooking Channel on August 5 and will air on the Food Network on August 12. They also filmed a holiday special that is tentatively scheduled to air in November.
Check out some of their incredible creations.