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Sweet Talk: Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies

Are y’all ready to meet a new decorator today? Well she won’t be new to my long-time readers. Today I’m interviewing my dear friend Stephanie from Ellie’s Bite’s Decorated Cookies. A lot of you may know Stephanie from our Inspiration Challenges. I met Stephanie over a year ago in a group we are members of on Facebook. Stephanie knew that I was struggling with inspiration for cookies and suggested that we start the inspiration challenges as a way to motivate us both with our decorating. She was a light that I needed and I appreciate her friendship so much. She is so talented and her work always inspires me to want to make cookies. When she goes on hiatuses I panic. Lol! Welcome Stephanie.

Hi! I’m Stephanie from Ellie’s Bites! I’m a full-time mommy of two (Ellie is seven and Ben is three), a part-time dental hygienist (I work one and a half days for my parents, who are both dentists) and a part-time cookie baker/blogger. When I remember to take pictures of my baked goods I share over at Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies on Facebook, and my blog. I waste way too much time on Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve been married to Bryan for almost nine years- seven of which he has been in school, lol.  

Tell me about your name. Why did you choose Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies?

That’s a loooong story. In a nutshell, when my daughter Ellie was just short of three she was “asked to leave” her daycare for biting. The daycare we moved her to was over an hour from the office I was working in at the time so, due to that and some other circumstances, I left my full-time job for a part-time job closer to home. To fill my free time I started baking a whole lot more. 

When I started my Facebook page in 2010, my idea was to combine the cookies I had been making with some of the funny things Ellie said- her “sound bites”. The fact that if she hadn’t been the class biter I may never have become more involved with baking, made it kind of an inside joke. 

Where do you live?
New Jersey, closer to Philly than New York.

How long have you been baking?
I’ve always enjoyed it- I’ve been making my favorite chocolate chip cookies since I was just out of college, but I made my first decorated cookie August of 2007 for Ellie’s first birthday.

Is baking a hobby or a business?
Right now, I do it as a hobby. 

When did you discover your love for decorated cookies?
Long before I made my first cookie I remember flipping through a Martha Stewart magazine at my friend’s house and seeing a picture of some royal icing cookies. I remember thinking I’d love to be able to do that and it stuck in my mind. Several years later, I found and cut out a recipe from another magazine (I think it was Family Circle). It was still almost a year before I tried it, but once I did, I immediately knew I’d continue to make cookies as often as I could.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
There are so many amazing cookie decorators out there and at first I got almost all of my inspiration by looking at their pictures. Now that I feel I have started to develop a style of my own, I try really hard not to look to others for my inspiration. Since almost all of the cookies I make are for my friends, I try to give them what they ask for, while putting my own style into it. I still occasionally look to others to see how they may have handled a technical issue. 

What one item in your kitchen can you not live without and why?
My “frowny face” spatula! The obvious answer is my Kitchen Aid mixer because who wants to hand mix cookie dough or royal icing? But if I don’t use my frowny face spatula to scrape my royal icing from the side of the bowl I know the icing will fail. The funny thing is I am not a superstitious person. It’s just this one thing. There is absolutely no past precedent that makes me think that if I don’t scrape with the frowny face spatula it won’t work, I just KNOW it won’t.

What is on your baking bucket list?
I’d love to figure out cakes. I can make them look decent and they usually taste amazing (because I have a knack for finding good recipes). But I can’t get the consistency of my buttercream right to know that I am going to get the results I want every time.

What three words best describe your cookie style/philosophy?
Wet on wet polka dots! (Sorry, that’s five words!)

It’s hard to pick a favorite with Stephanie’s cookies but I think these are it for me. I just love them!

Aside from cookies and baking what else do you like to do? Hobbies?
I love to read. I don’t get to do it as much as I’d like, but I’m getting back into it. And I’m always looking for fun and creative things to do with my kids.

Let’s have some fun now and do some rapid answer questions. Ready, set, go.

Royal or glaze? 
Royal

Chill or no chill? 
No chill

Sift or don’t sift?
Depends on my mood which is usually don’t sift, but I always sift if I’m in the mood.

Thick or thin?
Thick

Outline & flood or one consistency
I use both equally.

Piping bags or bottles or both?
Bottles for flood and one consistency, bags for piping.

Thank you, Melissa, for inviting me to share a bit of my life with you and your readers! It’s so fun to get to know each other a little better. Forgive any spelling and grammar mistakes, I don’t get much sleep lately, Lol.

Thank you Stephanie. It was a pleasure having you here today. I hope that y’all will follow Stephanie on Facebook and her blog so that you won’t miss out on seeing what she’s creating.

Until the next Sweet Talk, happy baking and creating my friends.

Comments

  1. I love learning a little bit more about my favorite decorators. I had no idea the reason behind the name. Is it bad that it made me giggle……

  2. I am so loving these “Sweet Talks”…it is fun getting to know a little more about my favorite decorators…and Stephanie is one of them. Thank you so much for doing these!

    “Ellie bites” LOL! I love that!

  3. Such beautiful cookies! This sweet talk is so interesting 🙂

  4. So much fun learning (and finding) about other cookie decorators. Stephanie does amazing work and now I have a new blog to follow! TFS!

  5. Her talent is undeniable and it was a pleasure learning more about Stephanie. Thank you!

  6. Thank you so much for letting me talk your ear off!
    This is such a great idea and I’m excited that I got to be part of your pilot program 🙂

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