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Pleasantville Bakery Gives The Gift of Decorating

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Flour and Sun Bakery in Pleasantville sells all kinds of holiday cookies during the month of December. Some lucky customers got more than cookies recently, they got to learn some of the bakery's decorating secrets.

“We had a lot of requests from people that wanted to learn how we design some of our cookies so we thought what better way than to hold a decorating class,” Denise Treco said, owner of Flour and Sun Bakery.

The course, held Wednesday night at the bakery, was taught by Flour and Sun baker Caitlin Dwyer and brought customers from all over.  Those in attendance had a chance to learn cookie styles that resemble snowflakes, snow globes, presents and even melted snowmen.  All the designs were on sugar cookies that were decorated with royal icing.  The students of the one-night course were not only given instructions on how to design the cookies, but also recipes on how to bake the cookies themselves.

Dwyer said that as an avid cookie designer, she sees decorating as an art form but recognizes that in the end they are still a snack.

“I’m a perfectionist so I go into a lot of detail with every cookie that I make and little things sort of irk me,” Dwyer said.  “The best thing though is when you’re done you know that someone will get to enjoy the cookies not only by looking at it but also eating it.”

Dwyer said she developed the cookie designs from inspiration in other designs she found online.

Claudia Krell considers herself a baker by hobby and attended the class all the way from her home in Greenwich, Conn.  She said she thought it would be a great way to learn new styles for her holiday treats.

“I’m always looking for new styles every year to not continue making the same thing and this class seemed like a great way to learn new techniques,” Krell said.

Vicki Lobbe, a resident of Rockland County, attended the course in order to learn some new gift ideas for the holidays.

“I have a young daughter so these cookies are great to learn to give to her and her classmates for the holidays,” Lobbe said.

All of the cookies designed at the holiday decorating class will be sold throughout the month of December at the Flour and Sun Bakery along with their many holiday cupcakes.

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