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Local Sweet Sisters Bake Shop Provides Tasty Treats
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Sweet Sisters Bake Shop created these sweet treats for a baby shower
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A sample of the DIY cookie decorating kit that Sweet Sisters sells to help entertain children.
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Sweet Sisters Bake Shop is creating quite a following by word of mouth and through their Face Book Page. Mother to two adorable little girls, a two year old, and a nine month old, Megan Whitaker decided she did not want to have to leave them at home while she worked. Instead, she applied her creative mind to how she could make some money, do something she enjoyed, and be at home, thus Sweet Sisters Bake Shop was born. Although the girls are too young to help bake, the shop is named in their honor, and their busy mother bakes cookies while they nap or after their bedtime.

Whitaker's bright, creative mind is always turning out new designs for every occasion. If she does not have a ready-made cookie cutter for the theme or shape someone wants, she goes online and finds a pattern and hand cuts the shapes. All cookies are decorated with cheerful royal icing and made with meringue powder which helps keep them fresh. During the Corona virus confinement, Whitaker started selling decorate-it- yourself kits. The kits came with baked cookies in several different shapes, packets of colorful royal icing, sprinkles, and decorations that could be put on the cookies. With just a little supervision, many area children were entertained for hours , and then enjoyed snacking on cookies they had decorated themselves.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows limited types of food products that are non-potentially hazardous (do not require refrigeration for safety) to be sold directly to consumers without licensing or inspection. The industry also has very strict labeling and sales regulations. The label must identify the product as being produced in a home kitchen, must list all ingredients, and give the producer's name and address where the food was produced.

Whitaker took online classes to receive her Colorado Food Handlers license and a course through the Colorado State University Extension for Colorado Cottage Food Producers. She complies with all food storage, cleanliness, disclaimer, and labeling requirements. It appears that Whitaker is far stricter with her cottage products than what you find coming out of many commercial kitchens. She is also a stickler for quality control. So that I could see the packaging information required, she provided me with a beautifully decorated 2020 cookie. It looked flawless to me, but she said it didn't quite meet her guidelines. I can't imagine why, because it tasted even better than it looked. Whitaker says her average order is one to two dozen cookies, but she has done orders up to seven dozen for one order while still completing other orders as well.

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