primitive shapes and layers of color. I like using my hands to
make many things (the cookies) all look the same, because no
matter what, the imperfections and differences are always
there giving it character and life–it’s nostalgic and modern at the
I also have great assistants. I always hire artists, including my
daughter, so there is always a lot of collaboration and many ideas
flowing. We take every step so seriously but in the end the result
is just pure fun.
Where do you go to be inspired? I find inspiration in thrift
stores, flea markets, old book stores, and the streets of New
York. Also, just hanging out in my studio with all my ingredients
and materials. I have so many ideas that I want to try–there is
never enough time. One idea leads to the next. Many don’t work
out, but when an idea hits it’s really fun. And I am picky–it took
me over a year to finally like my yoga pose cookies–the shape
was not right at first. When I finally liked what they looked like, we
made them– 10 poses, and everyone loves them (even Oprah!).
What cookie-baking tips would you give a novice baker (like
myself) to ensure perfect cookies? You want a good recipe–
one that keeps its shape after you cut it out. The next most
important thing is learning how to work with the icing. There
are at least five different consistencies of icing that you need to
be able to do anything you might want to do on a cookie. The
possibilities are endless when it comes to cookie or
Would you ever consider teaching classes? Yes! I have been
thinking about this just recently, actually. There is so much
interest now. I have taught workshops in the past and people
always have fun and great results. People are amazed at what
they can do with a few pointers.
What’s the best part about what you do? There is something
exciting about starting with a bunch of raw ingredients and
having an idea of what will happen–but also not having complete
control so there are surprises to deal with.