Um, I like to bake?
No, really. I'm a little obsessed. I started this blog in 2010 when I began my annual holiday baking spree that consisted of creating 163 dozen cookies from over 2 dozen recipes to share with friends and family as Christmas gifts. I was so inspired by the people (you!) who came to read my baking ramblings that I just had to keep it up. I started baking cookies as holiday gifts almost 10 years ago and now it's grown to the point that friends and family look forward to (and fight over) the tins that arrive at their door each December.
I'm Colleen, a 30-something higher education administrative coordinator from Pittsburgh but living in Massachusetts and my husband Dave is my Chief Tasting Office and First Lieutenant in Charge of Sprinkles. I suspect if we ever have little ones, he may lose both those titles.
My love of baking started early and I remember learning at a very young age that you can't just dump three cups of flour into the KitchenAid mixer and turn it on without ending up with 1 1/2 cups of flour on the counter, walls, floor and in your hair. Quickly my banana nut muffins were coveted and then my love of cookies took hold. Finding dessert flavors that can be modified to cookie form is a favorite pastime and I enjoy reading other baking blogs for inspiration or to test the wonderful creations they've made.
Now I bake not just for Christmas, but any holiday, birthdays (Birthday Baking is a new tradition this year), or just because I found a great recipe that needed to be made. My coworkers love to be guinea pigs and there are certain meetings I go to where people don't just look forward to my treats, they expect them. And my baking horizons have expanded beyond the cookie to other fun things, but I'm still afraid of most cakes and I've been told I "haven't applied myself" to cupcakes yet.
I'm a pretty decent cook too, so maybe someday I'll move away from all things sweet and flour based. Maybe not. I like have a little refuge of sugar packed deliciousness to call my very own.
The blogging thing is still a little new to me. My photography skills are lacking, but I'm working on that. But it's fun and I'm so glad I started this and expanded beyond the cookie jar. It's certainly become more than a menu of what to expect in the cookie tin.
Thank you for visiting and please comment and share your ideas. While you might not get to enjoy these sweet treats, ultimately I'm baking for you and hope you enjoy what you see.
The Cookie Princess
Got questions? Suggestions for recipes to try? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org