According to her, Angie Turner has the best job in the world. She is the owner and artist of The Painted Cookie in Olive Branch, Miss. For nine years, she has been spreading her “designer sugar” across the region.
At one time, Angie Turner was a stay-at-home-mom. If she needed a small gift in a pinch, she would make cookies. When a family tragedy hit and turned her world upside down, she needed a source of income to support her children, but her choices were limited. With a little creativity and a lot of hard work, she turned a bitter memory into something pretty sweet.
“To me, it was most important to do something where I could also be home with my kids, like I had been before,” she said.
Turner’s business began with doctors’ offices and spread by word-of-mouth. Soon, she was baking cookies for birthdays, showers, weddings, reunions and corporate events. Before long, she was moving her kitchen into the bonus room upstairs.
“I spent a year perfecting my cookie recipe when it took off,” Turner said. “It has to look good and taste good.”
Now, that kitchen has seen more than 1 million cookies pass through, with Turner free-handing every single one.
Turner’s success is just icing on the cookie; what really drives her is getting to be part of others’ special moments in some small way.
“It’s a vessel,” she said. “You’d be amazed at the people I have met because of these cookies.”
You can find The Painted Cookie at Sugar Magnolia in Oxford, Miss.; Paisley Pineapple in Olive Branch, Miss.; and on Etsy.