If personality has a taste, it's in Sue Bissonnette's cookies.
There's a full cup of friendliness, a handful of humor and a pinch of pluck whipped into creations so delightfully adorable they're almost hard to eat. (That is, until you do and you can't stop.)
"I love that it's kind of my way to express myself-express that artistic quality," said Bissonnette, 46. "And I love to see the smile on people's faces. Smiling's obviously importantly in my life!" Judging by the fact that one rarely leaves her face, it is.
The longtime baker finally took the advice of many a friend and, about two years ago, opened Sweet Tooth Cottage. She runs the company out of the Powell home she shares with her husband, Steven, and children Caroline, 12, Carter, 9, and Cole, 8.
In her pristine kitchen, Bissonnette custom-creates butter cookies (don't call them sugar cookies!) with a recipe she spent years tweaking. To get any desired shape, she makes her own cookie cutters by bending sheets of metal. And she toys with the buttercream frosting designs until she feels the cookies are perfect.
"Maybe that's what's so intriguing about it all-trying to design it so it doesn't take 10 minutes to ice each cookie, yet still give the impression that it does," she said.
A box of her sweets costs $22 and typically includes 10 to 16 cookies. Customers must pick up the cookies at her home. She sells about 15 boxes a week, to everyone from big-time corporations to soccer moms.
Though she bakes seven days a week-often after the children are in bed-the gregarious mom is also, perhaps ironically, a part-time dental hygienist.
"They think it's quite funny," she said of her coworkers at Dr. Andrew Toth's office. "We joke about it at work that I'm drumming up business."
Sweet Tooth Cottage can be found online at www.SweetToothCottage.com. Kristy Eckert is editor of Capital Style.