What is your favorite thing about the cookie community?
Todd: The close-knit group that you see form; the friendships, the kindnesses that are done back and forth. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful community. It reminds me of the brotherhood of the firehouse. People who are willing to do anything for anybody, even perfect strangers, because they are part of the same community.
Tammy: Supporting each other. I love watching all of us come together when someone’s in need.There’s something about the cookie community that seems to be so genuine, loving and compassionate. I want the cookie community to touch everybody to make the world a positive place because there’s so much ugly out there. When you close your doors to the outside world and open up your cookie groups, 99% of it is love, compassion and kindness.
What is your favorite kind of cookie to eat?
Both: Oatmeal Butterscotch. (He makes them himself from his Grandmother’s recipe)
Before you made stencils, did you cookie?
Tammy: We had a bakery and deli. That’s how I started making cookies. One year I made some ghosts, and then moved on to Christmas cookies. Later I started the Austin cookie group because I was bored. There were 12-13 people to begin with. We tried three times to have a get-together before the weather finally cooperated. We met for the first time the Friday before CookieCon #2. Monica (Holbert) and I met there and flew out the next day for CookieCon.
Tammy, who were your first cookie idols?
Tammy: Sweet Sugarbelle and LilaLoa. I thought “If LilaLoa can make a cookie in a toaster oven in Korea, I can do it”! And I think I read every one of Callye’s blog posts. I think she’s pretty special because everything she’s done, she’s shared with the world.
I think you know that you have a reputation for being some of the nicest people in the cookie vendor community. You are generous with your product and your time. Was that a conscious decision or is it because of who you are?
Todd: It’s who we are. We want people to learn. And we want to make our prices reasonable and fair. We want to give people a good bargain while still having a quality learning experience, a good time, and feeling pampered and relaxed.
Note: You can buy 2 T’s Stencils at a Cookie RoundUP. But be forewarned, when you hand your stencil pile to Todd or Tammy so they can ring you up, they’ll try to talk you out of buying most of them. They insist that they are your friends first and are looking out for your pocket book. It’s HYSTERICAL. I'll bet they do the same thing next month at CookieCon!)