About

pinup-baker-bettieHi! Welcome to BakerBettie.com.  I am so happy to have you here! Please have a look around. You can find all kinds of recipes by searching through my recipe index or my photo archive. Just click on the photo to get the the recipe!

A little about me…

I am a 20 something Kansas native who was raised in the performing arts. I was immersed in vocal, dance/gymnastic, piano, and saxophone lessons from a young age. Music and theater were what I knew and I was good at. So naturally, I chose music when deciding my college major. I knew I loved helping people, so I decided to go for a music therapy degree. And after a long 6 years, I finally finished.

While finishing my music therapy internship at the state hospital in Austin, TX, I began baking. I was mostly making cookies and the people I worked with loved them and encouraged me to try and sell them. So I did. And my success with my online cookie business was far more successful far faster than ever expected. I was overwhelmed with orders and after filling a Christmas order for over 6,000 cookies I knew I needed to put the business aside and figure out my career goals.

I continued to work as a music therapist and case worker for a few years. I worked in a Geriatric Psych unit for some time and then in an outpatient mental health facility with adults who were dually diagnosed. And while I loved working with and helping people I just kept feeling as though something was missing from my life.

In 2011, I decided to start writing this baking blog. I knew I didn’t want to continue the cookie business but I craved a creative outlet and a clear reason to keep baking. My passion for cooking and baking has continued to grow exponentially since the day I started this blog. Through the blog I have found my creativity, my voice, and really I have found myself. I am especially interested in the science of baking, recipe creation, food styling, writing about life as it relates to food, and food photography.

Most recently I left my job in social services when my husband was offered a job in Philadelphia. I decided to take the leap and figure out how I can make a living doing what I love the most. I am working on generating an income from the blog and am continuing to learn and grow as a baker and cook in order to find my place in the culinary world.

Baker Bettie is my way of connecting with the other people who share this big passion I have. It is my art project, it is my passion, it is my home.  Feel free to ask any questions and I hope I inspire you to “get busy in the kitchen with me!”

Comments

  1. says

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award
    Enjoy!

  2. says

    Here is your Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Congratulations!

    http://acorninmykitchen.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/3-in-1-very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-one-lovely-blog-award-x2/

  3. says

    I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! http://burlesquebaker.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/more-awards-one-lovely-blog-award-and-the-liebster-blog-award/

  4. says

    Just wanted to say I find your recipes and photography inspirational! I nominated you for the “Inspirational Blog” award.

    http://sticktoyourgreens.com/2012/07/24/inspiring-blog-award-tastes-like-pumpkin-pie-protein-smoothie/

    Have a great day :)

  5. says

    Hi Kristin, I nominated you for Beautiful Blogger Award. here’s the link! http://karistaskitchen.com/2012/08/10/strawberries-romanoff-and-two-very-belated-thank-yous/

  6. says

    Hi! I just nominated you for “The Beautiful Blogger Award”. I think it’s well deserved! The rules are easy. Thank the person who nominated you.( http://jlroeder.wordpress.com ), tell us 7 things about yourself and nominate 7 other beautiful bloggers! Enjoy :-)

  7. says

    Kristin, congratulations! I've nominated you for the Reality Blog and Sensual Blogging Awards, just a few from the many you've received since I've known you just this past year! So glad our paths crossed!

  8. says

    Kristin, congratulations!!! I’ve nominated you for the Reality Blog and Sensual Blogging Awards. I’m so glad our paths crossed when it did earlier this year — you are my role model! :)

    • Baker Bettie says

      Aww thanks so much Danny! I’m so glad to have “met” you too! You are very inspirational as well. You have just taken the leap into the blogging world fearlessly!

  9. says

    Hi Baker Bettie! I am a professional photographer, and I think your photos are EXCELLENT! You have a very raw and natural talent for lighting and design. If you ever have any technical questions, feel free to ask! I am making your 5 ingredient pancakes and have enjoyed the perfect chewy cookie recipe! Congratulations on the new move, Philly is a beautiful place!

  10. says

    I was recently nominated for a Super Sweet Blogger Award, and one of the conditions of accepting is in turn to nominate other bloggers for the award. Your blog very naturally came to mind. :-) You’re not obliged to accept, of course (it’s a bit of work, but also a bit of fun) but if you do, you get to answer five Super Sweet questions (following), copy and paste the logo into your blog post, and nominate and notify a baker’s dozen other bloggers for the award. In any case, thank you for your wonderful posts, and keep up the good work!

    Super Sweet questions: 1. Cookies or cake? (or both?) 2. Chocolate or vanilla? 3. Favorite sweet treat? 4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 5. Sweet nickname

  11. says

    Hi! I have been looking around your site and am truly amazed at all your tips! I am trying to start my own bakery, but I am still struggling with the science of things. You suggested to another poster to submit the recipe and you would look it over. I love the flavor of this, and so do many others, I put it in the oven and they look good, but when I take them out they fall very then and flat. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    Bek's Candy Cookies:
    3 cups flour.
    1 tsp baking soda.
    1/2 tsp salt.
    1 cup butter.
    1 cup white sugar.
    1 cup brown sugar packed.
    2 tsp vanilla.
    2 eggs
    2 tsp hot water.
    3 cups mix ins/candy.

    preheat 350 degree oven. Cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in the hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour until fully incorporated then fold in mix ins. Bake 10-12 mins or until the edges are golden brown.

    • Baker Bettie says

      A couple of things to try to keep them tall…

      Bake them at a higher temperature such as 375ºF. The outer layer of the cookie will set before the butter melts and spreads out completely and will usually keep them taller.

      Chill the dough before baking. This will also chill the butter and therefore taking it longer to melt and spread out while baking.

      Bake on a silpat or on aluminum foil.

      Keep your dough in a mound. Do not flatten out before baking.

      Hope this helps!

  12. Sora says

    Have you ever thought of changing your “about” picture (on this page and on the sidebar) to something less offensive? I came across one of your recipes and really liked it, and your blog’s writing style and photography seemed really promising. I would’ve explored your blog and seen what else you had to offer if not for the image of a scantily clad woman that I did not want to have to see out of the corner of my eye on every page of the site that I visited.

    I’m saying this because I don’t think I’m the only one who is offended by revealing clothing, and you might want to know that you may be driving away potential followers with an image like that.

    I really do want to be able to explore your blog, so if you do update your picture, please let me know!!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Sora

  13. says

    Hello! I think your blog is incredible and so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award :) To accept this nomination and spread the word, all you need to do is read my post on http://thedessertedgirl.com/2013/11/09/nominee-for-the-liebster-award/. Happy blogging!

  14. Kate says

    I found you through Pinterest :) Those baked sugar donuts wee my downfall… but I’m so glad they led me to your blog! I’m also a Kansas girl… where are you from? :)

  15. says

    The classic fudgy brownies are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!!!! I am highly allergic to dairy products and could never have anything with chocolate. I came across this website on Thanksgiving and man oh man, I am going to get fat! Also, my wife made these and they were really easy to make. Not too fudgy and not too cakey.

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