Beth Gombala makes cookies. Not just any cookies – hers are expertly baked, beautifully designed and custom decorated sugar cookies that come in various shapes, sizes and colors. Some people might say, “what’s so special about a decorated sugar cookie? I can pick one of those up at the local grocery store!” It is obvious that they have never tried one of Beth’s works of art…
Beth grew up baking with her mother and grandmother. In college, she majored in Graphic Design, which definitely gives her an edge when it comes to the decoration process. After working for the government, she decided she wanted to take her love of baking to the next level. While living with her husband in England, she started a company making her gorgeous treats. It wasn’t until they moved back to the states that she took her baking one step further.
Her first step was perfecting the recipe for the cookies themselves. And let me tell you, as someone who isn’t usually a fan of decorated sugar cookies, these truly taste amazing! I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from someone who put the word “butter” in their business name. Beth is also currently working on two other cookie flavors to add to her repertoire – chocolate and lemon.
Beth’s process is amazing – she recently invested in a small, tabletop projector that uses a USB drive to project images onto her work surface. Using the pictures as a guide, Beth pipes the icing onto the cookies with such precision and talent, you’d think it was done by a machine. When she told me she had the Dishing the Dirt logo and was going to make me a custom cookie while we talked, I had a hard time paying attention to anything else! Watching her work so expertly, with such a steady hand, is like watching an artist with a blank canvas. Every movement of her wrist and fingers had purpose, like a dance she was doing to create the most beautiful cookie I’d ever seen!
Beth and her cookies will join us at the Mosaic Central Farm Market on Sunday, August 31. Stop by for a taste – she always has little samples set out for people to taste – and pick up a cookie for something or someone special! After all, that’s what Beth makes these cookies for. They aren’t really an everyday thing in her mind; they are unique treats for special occasions. Although, they’re so good, you might just find yourself picking one up for that special someone, and one to treat yourself! She also does custom orders for large events, so the next time you plan a party, think I HEART BUTTER! Your guests will love Beth’s cookies.