Kari, wife, mother, and former elementary school teacher started Kari’s Kitchen in 2005 by accident. For years, Kari used her great-grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe to make out-of-this-world Christmas cut-out cookies for her family and friends. A request for family holiday recipes in the local Canton, Ohio newspaper, the Canton Repository, took that love of baking and put Kari on the front page.
Stories shared along with cookies
As seen in the Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Canton Repository
BY Saimi Rote Bergmann REPOSITORY FOOD WRITER
She makes it, you take it
Her grandma’s cookie recipe helped Kari, of Plain Township launch a home-based business.
While on maternity leave from her teaching job, Kari started making sugar cookies for friends, using a recipe from Hulda Curfman, 86, of Brimfield.
“I don’t know why they’re so good. I just think it’s a special touch — maybe a little bit of love,” Kari said. “They’re super buttery.”
Her grandma passed the cookie torch to Kari’s mom.
“My mom made them for quite a long time, then said, ‘It’s time for you to take over.’ “
Kari admits she tried fiddling with the recipe.
“A couple times I tried changing it but they flopped,” she said. “Now I stick to the original.”
Kari started making the cookies for friends, who recommended her to other friends, thus launching a small business. She has about 25 Christmas cookie cutters, and sells the cookies decorated or plain.
“Some of my friends don’t have time to bake but still want the tradition of frosting them and decorating them with their children,” Kari explained.
Since the article’s debut in December 2005, Kari has made custom cut-out cookies numbering in the thousands.From all major holidays, to baby showers, birthdays, and weddings, Kari has built a reputation of yummy cookies with that special little touch.