I believe - cookies - decorated or otherwise possess super powers. They have the power to take us back to places in our past while accompanying us on new journeys and traditions.
For 9 years through high school and college I had the privilege to work at a bakery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was there, from a group of much beloved women, that I was first introduced to the art of decorating cookies. They generously and patiently taught me all they knew about mixing, baking, decorating, packaging and selling baked goods, Most importantly though they shared with me the joy of being together and doing something we love.
With a degree in visual communications I worked for seven years as a graphic designer. After starting a family, I wanted to be at home, but also wanted to continue working in a creative field. Beginning with the experiences I acquired from my bakery days combined with my love of art and design, I started to read all I could about cookie decorating. The more I learned the more I wanted to know. My learning came mostly in the practicing. For the next 11 years I did just that, I practiced. Friends and family were kind enough to let me "practice" on them with experimental recipes and favors for their showers, birthday parties, weddings and holidays. They are the ones who gave me the foundation and courage to seek this as a profession.
In 2011 I officially started That much sweeter. For several years, my family patiently shared our home kitchen with my growing business. When this arrangement reached a point of chaos, we converted our back porch into a commercial kitchen. Maybe someday I will move to a shop, but until the cookie cutters take over, I am quite happy here. Who knows where this adventure will lead.
So this is me. I'd love to hear about you - whatever or whomever you may be celebrating, congratulating, thanking or remembering - I'm absolutely positive that there is a cookie for that. Enjoy looking around and let me know if you see something you love.