The Painted Cookie has had a quiet, soft opening in the past week or so. Baker Susan Schmitt is the proprietor of this unique emporium offering elaborate, custom-decorated cookies in virtually any design that your or Schmitt can conceive of.
The bakery is located in the rear building at 196 Danbury Rd, on Route 7, just adjacent to the Chevrolet dealership. Here Schmitt works her imaginative magic, making custom cookies for parties, and ceremonies. The cookies are basically sugar cookies, with a bit of lemon and nutmeg added, and cleverly iced with Royal Icing (made with meringue powder and confectioner’s sugar).
When we visited, she was finishing up a set of crown-shaped cookies for a girl’s birthday party, as well as cookies with the Texas A&M logo for another party. She also had football-shaped cookies on hand and was about to make colored football helmet cookies representing the teams playing in the Super Bowl. Custom cookies are priced depending on the amount of decorating time per cookie, typically $3.50 to $5.50 each.
Schmitt has an enormous number of clever copper cookie cutters to make cookies for any occasion, and she can probably accommodate any idea you may have. For some designs, she uses a projector to project the outline onto each cookie, and she then fills that outline in colored frostings using a pastry bag. For other designs she will be using an edible ink printer.
At the moment, her business is primarily custom-ordered cookies, but she will have retail sales of the football cookies, Groundhog, Valentine and St Patrick’s Day cookies as well. The formal retail store opening is to take place in March.