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Simon Crafts Edible Works Of Art With Cookie Business

Posted 12/14/2017

By Jared JanzenTAWNI Simon of Halstead has been baking custom batches of decorative cookies since August of last year. She can suit the cookies’ design to match just about any event, such as these Santa cookies perfect for Christmas parties.TAWNI Simon of Halstead has been baking custom batches of decorative cookies since August of last year. She can suit the cookies’ design to match just about any event, such as these Santa cookies perfect for Christmas parties.

HALSTEAD— If you can imagine it shaped like a cookie, Tawni Simon of Halstead can probably figure out a way to make it for you. Her edible works of art have included everything from sombreros, piñatas, monster trucks, basketballs, nail polish, baby rattles, turkeys, ghosts and much more.

Simon began her cookie-decorating business, Tawni’s Sweet Treats, a little over a year ago. She bakes and decorates custom-batches of sugar cookies for parties, holidays and other occasions and can design the treats to match whatever the event’s theme is.

For Simon, baking and decorating cookies is a way to relieve stress, which is why she enjoys doing it.

“It’s just something I can do on my own and just kind of tune out my worries for a little while,” she said.

While she doesn’t know how many cookies she’s baked and decorated since starting her business, she guessed it was very easily more than a thousand.

“If you look back, it’s a lot of cookies,” she said.

A native of Hugoton in western Kansas, Simon has lived in Halstead the past five years. She and her husband have two children, a son who just turned six and a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. It was through her kids’ love of cookies that she was inspired to start her cookie decorating business.

“They prefer cookies over cake, so for their birthdays I would order cookies custom-made for them, and then it got to the point I would order cookies throughout the year for Valentine’s Day, or for other parties,” she said.

Eventually she figured why not do it herself—and Tawni’s Sweet Treats was born.

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