Kristi Maggard, operator of Cookies by Kristi, held a Valentine cookie class on February 1 at Resting Pulse Brewery.
Maggard’s course was marketed out with 31 individuals attending. Maggard explained the course as a fun social function for mates and partners alike.
Upon getting into the course, attendees were provided a placemat and have been provided with six cookies, icing and a scribe, which is a device to aid shift the icing about the cookie. In addition, all people getting the class ended up presented Maggard’s cookie and icing recipes.
Maggard desired to present this class for newcomers and people who required to consider their hand at decorating cookies with royal icing.
“Everything that I have acquired I am satisfied to pass together in my course,” Maggard mentioned.
Maggard picked a few of models for the class to try out on the cookies. From there, she taught everyone how to slice and keep the tipless bags as well as the move-by-phase process she uses when decorating.
The two-and-a-50 %-hour course incorporated a ready period for the icing to dry in advance of adding much more detail. For the duration of this time, attendees ended up ready to order food and drinks at Resting Pulse Brewery.
Maggard’s baking story begun when her spouse accepted a job as a professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, a leap that gave her the option to be a remain-at-dwelling mother.
Maggard was motivated by the videos she experienced witnessed on-line of folks decorating cookies and tried out to do them herself for her son’s to start with birthday.
“They ended up awful,” Maggard stated. “After 4 times the icing wasn’t even dry, and I reported I would never do it all over again.”
Nonetheless, two months afterwards following her failed try, Maggard observed all of the Halloween cookie cutters in shops and imagined she would give it just one a lot more test. Fortunately, her next attempt was better.
In Alabama, the Cottage Food stuff Legislation permits individuals to offer food from their houses subsequent particular constraints. In Oct of 2018, Maggard concluded her certification to properly run Cookies by Kristi from her home.
Once Maggard completed her certification, Cookies by Kristi took off through phrase of mouth and referrals. Without the need of a storefront or employees, Maggard can only entire a optimum of 6 orders a 7 days. She works by using the time when her son is at faculty or asleep to bake.
Educating a class was a thing Maggard normally preferred to do and was a component of her enterprise strategy in 2020 until finally COVID strike and the notion was set on the backburner.
When the pandemic strike, Maggard had very low expectations for the results of her business enterprise. On the other hand, she was capable to think of a option to go on providing her cookies without having breaking social distancing recommendations.
“I considered my enterprise would do actually terribly due to the fact nobody was likely to rejoice nearly anything,” Maggard claimed. “So, I came out with a do-it-you kit wherever I baked 9 cookies, presented 4 icing luggage and some sprinkles, and then people today could adorn them at household.”
Her cookie kits are continue to popular to this day.
Maggard hopes to go on teaching cookie courses in the potential. She wishes to aid individuals just starting up out, like she was a pair of several years back, and make the procedure much more enjoyable for them.
“I really feel like neighborhood above competitors,” Maggard claimed. “If you want to discover how to enhance cookies in Auburn, I’m not the only ‘cookie-er’, there is a ton of individuals that want to do it and want to master the artwork of that.”