What Makes a Cookie?

With my background of 25+ years as a graphic designer, my cookies are custom edible art! I use the same design principles of color, contrast, emphasis, space, and balance that I have used in my professional life in my cookie hobby creations! I want to create something I am proud of and something you can’t wait to give to that special person.

The Cookie Making Process

(Quick little disclaimer here)

Step 1: Designing

My first step is at the computer. I decide on the color palette, sizing, text treatment, techniques needed, and any other design elements that may be required. If I’ll need a custom cookie cutter, I will make that now.

Step 2: Mixing, Rolling, Cutting, and Baking

I mix the dough flavor, roll out sheets of dough, and chill it. After a few hours of chilling, I cut the cookies into shapes and bake. This usually takes a couple of hours plus the time in the fridge to cool.

Step 3: Making the Icing

Once I mix a batch of royal icing, I begin coloring the icing and placing it into piping bags. Some icing colors will need three different consistencies: thick for flowers and embellishments, medium for lettering, and thin or “flood” for covering the cookie. This process can take up to 3 hours.

Step 4: The Decorating Begins

Once I have all of the icing colors mixed and bagged, I am ready to lay the base layer on the cookie. Each cookie is covered individually with the needed color and then placed onto drying racks to dry. Drying time is at least 12 hours before any detail can be added on top.

Step 5: Details, Waiting, and More Details

Details can include airbrushing, embellishments, stenciling, lettering, sprinkles, etc… Some cookies may even require another layer of detail on top of this. The cookies then remain on the drying racks for at least another 12 hours. If more details are needed, they are added to the hardened cookies. The final details need to be added at least 24 hours before the pickup time.

Step 6: Packaging

Once all of the details have hardened, I can begin packaging the cookies into pouches with ribbons, heat sealed into baggies, or straight into cookie boxes, depending on the order. Bagging and tying ribbons can take as little as 30 minutes or up to several hours.

Now the cookies are ready to be picked up! Cookie making is a time-consuming hobby, but the end product is always worth the extra effort!

Cookie Flavors



Cake Batter with Sprinkles

Candy Cane

Cotton Candy

Pumpkin Spice



Gluten Free Vanilla

Cinnamon Bun


Please note: This pricing is a general guideline. Cookies don't always fit neatly into size categories because of their odd shapes. Prices depend on both size AND complexity of design / personalization. Most of my regular-sized basic cookies are $3 - $4 each. I require a minimum order of 2 dozen cookies.

A minimum of two weeks is needed to create your cookies. If you need your order faster than that, a 25% rush fee will apply.


Approx 1" - 2.75"
$1.00 - $3.00/each
Approximately 3" - 3.75"
$3.00 to $4.00/each
Approximately 4" - 5"
$4.00 to $5.00/each


Cellophane pouch
with ribbons
Heat sealed
in bags
NOTE: Character cookies, especially faces, take a lot more time, effort, and mixing of colors. They will cost 10% more than simpler cookies.

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Contact Me

If you have questions or just need to get in touch, please email jenakers@akersofcookies.com.


I am a hobby baker doing this for fun on the side. It's not a business. While I keep a super clean kitchen, this just means that I don't meet any specific requirements about allergens or cross contamination. If you have any questions about the cookies or the process, please let me know.