“Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Who, me? Yes, you! Couldn’t be! Then who?” Thus, goes the “Cookie Jar Song”, a sing-along song/game, that most of us will remember singing as kids. As per Wikipedia – ‘the song is an infinite-loop motif – each verse directly feeds into the next and continues until one makes a slip.’ But if you were being tempted by Nataly’s Cookies, you would be as guilty as charged.
Gorgeous Natasha Tasic is the artist extraordinaire behind Nataly’s Cookies. Friends, family, customers and yes, fans readily vouch that Nataly’s cookies are as yummy-lious as they are visibly tempting. A look at the photos in this article, and you would know what I am talking about.
I came across Nataly’s page on Facebook, known as Delissshhh, a while ago and my first impression was ‘wow….are these even edible?’
Turns out they definitely are, and quite a delight to the palate, too. During our meeting, I asked Nataly what inspired her. “Everything,” she replied, in her sweetly accented English, and that about sums up Nataly’s near obsession for cookie making. For Nataly, it is a non-stop thinking process, finding inspiration all over from nature, culture, to delicate lace or henna designs.
Made of cinnamon-honey, Nataly’s Cookies are available in chocolate, vanilla, coffee and chocolate chili flavors. Using vanilla Royal Icing, decorative art is designed single handedly by Nataly. Her loving and supportive husband is her first ardent fan, advisor and inspiration. “I’m not saying she’s good because she’s my wife, but she really is brilliant, because I see how she devotes herself to making cookies,” he said, completely at ease with his wife’s passion. Privy to Nataly’s creative process, he comments, “Sometimes, when she gets inspiration, she works the whole night on the new designs!”
Similarly, fans from all over the world, including some professional cookie artists with years of experience, have appreciated and commended Nataly on her work, saying that Nataly’s neatness and finesse is a talent. Even Nataly has been surprised and overwhelmed by the terrific comments posted on her Facebook page.
But, if like me you thought her perfection is the result of years of practice, here’s another surprise. “Oh, it’s only been a year,” she clarifies, adding, “I came across it on the internet and just fell in love. I self-tutored in cookie making techniques, bought myself the basics, cookie cutters, food colors, and the whole thing took off.”
The trial-and-success story puts your perception of Nataly’s Cookies on a completely different level, making it inevitable to appreciate what Nataly has managed to do so artfully without formal training. Yet, she is not only a reputable cookie artist, but can also bake a mean-looking-and-heavenly-tasting cake and a good cook.
I asked her if it was her interest in cooking and baking that stirred her towards cookies. “No, not really,” the ever smiling Nataly replied. “As a young girl, I would hang around my mama when she was cooking, asking questions about this and that. But home cooking is all I learned. My cakes turned out to be good too – from what everything told me – but with cookies, I am really into it.”
The process of creating each customized cookie takes time, and advance orders are advised especially for seasonal events or occasions. According to Nataly, it is not something to be rushed. “The baking is the easy part, but decorating them requires time. Some work needs to be done in phases as with intricate designs and painting.” That is why each carefully crafted cookie is a piece of art and art cannot be inexpensive. “I want my cookies to be exclusive,” reasoned Nataly. “Each piece is customized based on the purpose or occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or baby-shower. Everything I make is hand made – a cookie could take more than an hour of drawing – and without using stencils.”
Interestingly, the gifted Nataly is a biologist by profession, and she shares her love for plants and cats with her husband. “With the plants around us, our house is like a jungle,” said, the obviously in love couple.
If you have liked what you have read and loved what you have seen, it is time you found out what Nataly’s Cookies taste like. Materialize your fantasies and challenge Nataly’s enviable skills with your own customized set of cookies for a special occasion or person. I recommend her highly.
Nataly’s Cookies is licensed under Altarakmah International General Trading Co. They now ship worldwide in collaboration with FEDEX. To place your order email: [email protected] or call or WhatsApp her at 6043 0853.
You can also keep up with Nataly’s cookie art through Facebook /Delissshhh, Twitter and Instagram @Natalys_cookies.