Tuckerton Leader

Charisma’s Cookies Opens in LEHT

By | Jun 01, 2018
Photo by: Adrian Antonio

Little Egg Harbor Township-area folks have a “sweet” new bake shop where they can find specialty Italian and French cookies and treats as well as cupcakes, baked doughnuts and French macarons.

All of the in-store items are made fresh every day at Charisma’s Cookies, located at 455 Route 9 South in Little Egg Harbor Township. The business also creates stunning dessert tables for weddings and special events.

Michelle Charisma Dellaperute, the founder and owner of Charisma’s Cookies, started the shop because of her love for both baking and her family.

She began her career by using her late grandmother’s secret cookie recipes, which were just that good. Classical training advanced her confections to an artistic high.

“Several years ago, when my youngest son started kindergarten, I took my passion for baking and pastry to a whole new level by going back to college to earn my culinary arts degree,” she said.

“Now, I’ve combined secret family recipes and a love for baking with formal training in classical French pastry arts,” she continued, adding with a smile, “so now everything looks as good as it tastes.”

With the grand opening May 5, Dellaperute has achieved her dream of owning her own bake shop.

The wife and mother says her greatest achievement, however, is her marriage to her husband of 25 years and her four boys who are ages 21, 19, 17 and 12. They help her in the store.

“And since I pour my heart into everything I bake, I named the company after my middle name, Charisma,” she tells visitors to the shop’s website, adding, “and that’s why Charisma will always be the secret ingredient.”

Dellapurute considers her macarons one of her best offerings. A delight to see as well as taste, they come in flavors that are rotated among several of the following: raspberry, salted caramel, red velvet, strawberries and cream, lemon meringue, double fudge, toasted pistachio, thin mint, dark chocolate espresso, gingerbread/white chocolate, candy cane, chocolate peanut butter fudge, hazelnut/Nutella, vanilla, vanilla birthday cake, vanilla Christmas cookie, cookie dough, s’mores, raspberry, strawberry and cotton candy.

The shop’s hours are Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

More information, including how to sign up for winter classes, can be found at the website charismascookies.com.

— Maria Scandale


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