Kristin Foristall, owner of Sweet K cookies, will be featured on the television show The Dish creating a cookie bouquet for Valentine's Day. Watch your fellow Reading resident on the hit show in February.
Foristall, a 1998 graduate of Bentley University and a 2003 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, spent most of her career working as a fashion buyer. After having her daughter Kaiya four years ago, she decided that traveling a lot for her job did not mesh well with being a mom.
She had always loved to bake and started spending more time in the kitchen. She spent a lot of time baking with her mom while growing up, but did not have any formal training. Still, she made cookies for her friends for free and before she knew it, was receiving requests for paid orders and making cookies for events like birthday parties, showers, Christenings and more.
"What was once a hobby turned into a paid business," Foristall said.
Now, her hand made, hand decorated customized sugar cookies will be featured on The Dish. Foristall will be filmed making a cookie bouquet in late January for a Valentine's Day episode.
Sweet K cookies are baked with fresh products like farm fresh eggs from Seven Acres farm in North Reading and Cabot butter from Vermont and without preservatives. She specializes in three types of sugar cookies, traditional, chocolate and spice. You can order them in bouquets, platters, tins or decorative baskets and they come in different shapes and sizes.
"I can do any cookies imaginable, as long as there is a cookie cutter for it," she said.
She has made cookies shaped like hearts, lemons, hockey sticks, letters, flowers, snowmen, shamrocks and more. Her personal favorites: Indian themed elephant cookies with henna tattoos that were "very intricate" and champagne glasses.
She also puts images on cookies for a unique personal gift or even for a company that plans to market their business. Logos on cookies are a great marketing tool, she told Patch.
She says being a mom and running her business is a "balancing act", but she loves to be creative and enjoys a challenge.
Her current goal is to have her product in local stores. You may see Foristall's cookies on shelves this year.