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Would you ever consider writing a book?

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

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.

What is your favorite cookie theme?

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

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Can I freeze your cookies?

Yes! My cookies freeze very well! To freeze the cookies you will very carefully place them in an air tight container like a ziplock or gladware container. Rather than stacking them on top of one another, try stacking them on their sides. You will then take them out of the freezer the night before you’ll be needing them. DO NOT open the container until the cookies are completely thawed. This is the most important step, opening the container may cause condensation and will ruin the cookies.

Can you provide nut-free and gluten-free cookies?

My cookies are nut-free but I do have nuts in my house. I do not offer gluten-free cookies.

Do you ship your cookies?

I cannot ship my cookies!

How do I pay and do you require a deposit?

I do not require payment ahead of time but I can email and invoice to be paid online. I take payment at the time of pick-up including cash, check, card or PayPal.

How do the cookies come packaged and how long will they last?

Each cookie comes individually wrapped and placed in a white bakery box! This ensures freshness! The cookies will be good from 10-14 days.

How far in advance do I need to order?

I typically am booked 3-4 weeks out. I recommend booking at least 1-2 months out.

How much are your cookies?

See my pricing tab for all cookie pricing and minimum order requirements.

How do I place an order?

To place an order or receive a quote please email at summer@summerssweetshoppe.com. You can also message me on my Facebook business page. For a smoother ordering process please include all order info in your message, date, theme, occasion, and quantity, etc.