get to know me!
Hey there! I’m Emily Henegar and I am the founder, owner & sole employee of Cookie in the Kitchen (CITK). I’ve been baking all of my life, but started CITK in 2011 when I was in 5th grade. It started out just as a reason to have sweets in our house 24/7 (hey, I was 11), but has progressed throughout the years into a part of who I am and what I love to do.
In the beginning, I started making cookies for my family for our Friday movie nights; we usually just bought pre-made dough from the store, but after a while I realized I could just make them myself. Then, I decided to turn my love for cookies and baking into a business! My older sister Abigail had a business of her own selling handmade clay figurines, so being the younger sister I am, I wanted to follow in her footsteps.
From there CITK was born! I created a blog on Wordpress under the name of Cookie, and printed out business cards with my first logo (drawn by Abigail). On February 5th, 2011, I walked around my neighborhood with my business cards and a big tray of cookies to pass out to my neighbors as samples. After just a street or two, my mom had to stop me from going any farther because I had gotten so many orders (19 dozen) and she didn't think I could take any more. And that's how it all began! At first I focused mostly on "drop cookies" such as chocolate chip or peanut butter (as well as other desserts like cupcakes or cookie cakes), but demand quickly rose for custom decorated sugar cookies. I never thought I would get into decorating so much, but it’s now become my trademark skill and one of my favorite things to do.
While most of my orders are for small events such as birthday parties, baby showers, or engagement parties, I have also made cookies for corporate events for companies such as Bridgestone Arena, Live Nation, The W Atlanta Midtown hotel, and the UNC alumni association to name a few. Aside from official orders, one of my favorite things to do is to meet and surprise my favorite bands and authors with custom cookies. Some of the most notable would be Dua Lipa, John Green, The Head and the Heart, LANY, Oh Wonder, dodie, and COIN. (Most of them have them have even shouted me out on Instagram!)
In the future, I hope to continue making more and more cookies and one day have my own bakery! At the moment, I am studying entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville. But, no matter where I am, I know for sure I'll always be making cookies :)