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Edible art

Cassie Pence
AE Cookie PU 12-17

EDWARDS – It looked like a sugar-coated rainbow exploded on the tops of tables Saturday at the Art Factory in Edwards during the art studio’s first-ever cookie decorating party.Thirty-six little artists equipped with a sugar cookie canvas scooped deep into the cups of sprinkles and labored over the perfect chocolate candy to design what might be the sweetest edible art in history. Some of these cookies towered with decorations, scaling higher and higher from layers of marshmellows, gum drops, coconut flakes and pretzels.”I like that you get to taste how you decorate it,” said Luke McKeever, 6, of Singletree.

It was a no-brainer for his mom, Laura, to take her four kids to the holiday celebration.”The mess stays here,” Laura said. “It’s more fun when there’s a lot of kids around, too.”It was hard to tell if more confections landed on the cookies or in the stomachs of participating kids. “One for me, one for the cookie” was a common technique among the young pastry chefs.

“I love the chocolate,” Zack McKeever, 5, said.Each kid received a dozen cookies to decorate and a white bakery box to tote them home in. The boxes were adorned by kids with construction paper and glitter to really finish off the project.Art Factory owner Wendy Hollenbeck and employee Judy Zalaznick decorated sample cookies and placed them in the center of the room to give kids inspiration. Sylka Snyder, 5, was taking note of the examples as she designed a reindeer with gum-drop eyes and a sprinkle smile.

“The pretzels are antlers,” she said.The Art Factory is an art studio for kids. It hosts classics weekly for ages 2-18 years old. For more information, call 926-7444 or log on to http://www.theartfactory.biz.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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