Video: Inside the Mind of a Pro Cookie Decorator – Are Cookies an Art Form?
"I was told as a child that I wasn't very artistic. So to be able to do this, and to be called an artist, is really gratifying. But it also feels a little fraudulent, because I want to say 'I'm really not an artist.' But at the end of the day, I guess I could say that."
So says Gail Dosik of One Tough Cookie, a New York by-commission cookie company with a focus on elaborate decorations (check out that Day of the Dead skull cookie on her website's header). She's after more than just pretty: "The bad connotation of the decorated cookie is that it's a white, bland, undercooked, no-butter piece of dough that has color on it...It's not a cookie you want to savor or dunk in your coffee when nobody's looking." But her cookies, she says, are ones "an adult wants to eat," and not just for their looks.
Our buddy Liza de Guia of Food Curated profiles Dosik in her latest video. They talk about cookie decorating as therapy, as art, as a way to share joy—and ask along the way: is cookie decorating an art form? Watch the video below and let us know what you think?
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