“I really enjoyed the experience. It was the most concentrated amount of stress I’ve ever had in a small amount of time, but it was fun stress, just like kids,” said Terrel.
A mom of four, Terrel knows very well the hectic happiness motherhood brings. It was because of her children that Terrel first got into the sugar cookie business.
“I went absolutely gangbusters for my eldest’s first birthday. One of the things I did was decorated sugar cookies, and I hated it. I said, ‘I’m never going to do this again,’” said Terrel.
Terrel’s cookie ban was lifted a couple years later, as she and her husband searched for a way for her to contribute to the household income while still being able to stay at home with their kids.
“My husband happened to come across a post on a football message board about a girl that was selling cookies, and they had an autograph on them. I was like, ‘I want to see if I can do that,’” said Terrel.
“I was actually thinking about taking a step away from cookies and was at Cookie Con, which is a convention for cookiers. All of my friends there knew that I had actually applied to Food Network two other times, and they encouraged me to apply. They said, ‘Just one more time, Jacqueline. Just try one more time,” said Terrel.
The third time was the charm for Terrel, as she succeeded in applying to be on Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge” hosted by Chef Eddie Jackson and The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond. Even better, she won.
“It was nice to be validated on some of the things that I thought I was good at,” said Terrel. “To have someone like Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, say that one of my cookies was the best she’s ever tasted, that’s pretty awesome.”
Though Terrel is no longer selling custom sugar cookies, she is offering virtual cookie decorating classes as well as selling her famous cookie recipes.
“I feel like you have bakers that are good at decorating cookies, or you have artists whose medium is cookies,” said Terrel. “I never really was good at drawing, or painting or anything like that, but I can make a real cute cookie.”
Indeed she can, and she’s helping others learn how to do it too. Watch the video above for her expert tips to get picture perfect decorated sugar cookies. To connect with Terrel, click here.