“I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of them,” said Bedore, who coined her cookie-making business The Piped Cookie.
Bedore will often see a fun design on greeting cards, make cookies to match the cards, wrap the cookies in a coordinated box and ribbon, and send them off to family and friends as gifts.
“I enjoy the process of making them and figuring out the right ribbon and box,” she said. “There are so many things you can do with boxes and ribbons.”
The cookies are all made from scratch, as well as the royal icing she uses to carefully decorate each savoring treat.
“They’re fun and they’re fun to give to people,” she said.
Bedore began baking cookies shortly after her 24-year-old son, Joel Bedore, died in a car accident in August 2004. Doug and Mary Bedore moved to Spring Lake from the Flint area a couple months prior to the crash, and had not yet met many people in the area.
“I don’t know where (cookie baking) came from and why it became what it did,” Mary Bedore said.
She would buy pounds of sugar, flour, butter and eggs to make the dough; roll out the dough, cut out designs and decorate cookies “over and over and over,” she said.
“It gave me some kind of respite — a diversion,” Bedore said of cookie baking. “I thought I could undo that day.”
As time passed, Bedore began perfecting her edible art and creating a myriad of cookie designs to gift to her family and friends. She has made cookie baskets for various auctions and given them to organizations in the Tri-Cities.
In October 2011, Bedore began teaching a monthly cookie-making and decorating class on Saturdays at Piece a Cake, 3236 Glade St. in Muskegon. The next class is Saturday, which is full; however, there are openings for the Feb. 4 class.
The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon and holds about eight students. The cost is $20.
“I’ve learned so many tips and tricks to make (baking and decorating) easier for people,” the 57-year-old Bedore said. “It’s not nearly as frustrating as it used to be. ... I find pleasure in showing them what I’ve learned.”
To register for a class, call Piece a Cake at 231-737-8184 or visit www.pieceacakemuskegon.com.
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