Hi Y’all! I’m Summer a self-taught cookie baker and decorator in Nashville, Tennessee.

I am the owner of Summer’s Sweet Shoppe, and I have recently launched Summer’s Cookie Academy and Cookie Club! I want to teach YOU how to make beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that are sure to be a BIG hit at your next birthday party, shower or family get-together!

For the past 10 years, I have mastered the art of cookie decorating. I first fell in love with baking after having a TON of fun attending a cake decorating class at Michael’s Craft Store. That’s why I am so passionate about teaching you – it’s how I first fell in love with what I do! When my son was just six months old, we attended a farm-themed birthday party with the cutest decorated cookies! I thought – “Hey, I can do that, too!” Before long, I was glued to online videos and soaking up all the information I could about decorating cookies.

My goal is to inspire and encourage you on your cookie journey!  I’m a mom to 3 amazing kids, married to my best friend Matt, dog mom to our 2 mini dachshunds and I teach cookie classes locally in and around Nashville, TN and online.

Now, I want to pass all I have learned on to you! What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m just getting into baking and cookie decorating, where should I start?

I would start with a good sugar cookie recipe. You can find mine here or there are tons online. Just give some a go and test them out to see if you like them. You can also find my Royal Icing recipe here.

What are your favorite tools and supplies?

You can also find tons of different royal icing recipes online and on Pinterest. Pick one (or a few) and try them out. You can also get my Essential Starter Supply List here that gives you all the things (and things you don’t need) when you are starting out.

How did you get started making cookies?

I always enjoyed baking in my mom’s kitchen growing up. I fondly remember her making character birthday cakes for my brother and I growing up. One summer before I had kids I decided to take a cake decorating class from Michaels so I could make decent cakes for my kids one day. I fell in love with baking and started making cakes here and there. After my oldest was born we went to a birthday party that was a farm theme full of pony rides and a petting zoo. They also had the most adorable decorated sugar cookies I had ever seen. I fell in love and immediately went home and started researching online everything about decorated cookies.

What advice would you give someone wanting to start a cookie business?

Go for it. If you enjoy cookies I would recommend going for it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from others around you. Also, don’t compare your starting line to someone else’s longer journey. Remember that practice always helps and persistence is key. My parents always told me growing up, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and I firmly believe that.

What is your favorite meringue powder?

I love Genie’s Dream Meringue Powder. It makes your icing fluffy, almost like marshmallow fluff. I also used Wilton brand for many years and it worked well. Just make sure you add a flavoring (like vanilla or, lemon or butter) to your icing when mixing.

What is your favorite cookie theme?

I love making baby theme and first birthday cookies. I absolutely love a Fiesta, Nautical and Summer theme.

How did you become so good?

Lots and lots and lots of practice. Cookies started as a fun hobby and quickly turned into a passion. It was something I enjoyed and they made others happy.

Would you ever consider writing a book?

It’s one of my BIG dreams is to have a gift cookie decorating book one day!

Cookie Academy vs. Cookie Club

Who is the Cookie Academy for?

Whether you are starting a small cookie decorating business, or want to pick up a new hobby!  My course will show you how to decorate beautiful and delicious sugar cookies from start to finish!

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Who is the Cookie Club for?

From beginner to advanced cookie decorators, everyone is welcome at Summer’s Online Cookie Club.  Each month you get the opportunity to decorate cookies with Summer from anywhere.  Feel free to invite others to watch along with you.

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