Parker’s perfect pastries
For several years, Parker Peterson has enjoyed sharing her love of baking with others.
Peterson has been baking for her family for many years, but she started selling goods when schools were closed last year due to COVID-19.
“I took matters into my own hands and figured I could make some good money with a population craving comfort food,” Peterson said.
When she was young, she would beg her mom to allow her to help bake cookies.
“Eventually she taught me how to bake, and most importantly how to use the oven, and I very quickly and easily began baking by myself. I made my first pie from scratch all by myself for my dad’s birthday when I was 11,” Peterson said.
With her love of baking and not being able to work due to COVID-19, Peterson realized that she could share her baking skills outside of her family. She then started her own business titled Flour Child Sweets.
Although Peterson primarily bakes cookies, she also makes cupcakes, cakes, and Rice Krispie Treats. Her favorite dessert to bake, which is also her top seller, would be chocolate chip cookies. Ever since Peterson found a delicious recipe for the cookies in the seventh grade, she’s stuck with it. She even did a blind taste test for her recipe with friends and teachers.
Peterson has baked for many different occasions. She has catered for graduation parties, kids birthday parties, and she has even had orders that exceeded 10 dozen cookies.
When it comes to giving advice to a beginner in the business, Peterson believes that these ideas are the key to success.
“Take your time. Know your limits. Factor out how much your ingredients are and how much it costs to make your goods. Don’t rush into it. Put money away every time you have completed an order. Quality and consistency is key,” Peterson said.
Peterson takes her time so that she doesn’t become too busy with work and school. She plans with her customers so that she can either bake on Friday nights or over the weekend. She typically doesn’t bake on a school night.
Outside of school and baking, Peterson is involved in theatre. Along with theatre, she is an exceptional student. She is a member of the National Honor Society, holds a 3.75 GPA, and takes three AP classes.
Along with all her many achievements, in 2020 Peterson participated in the Students of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which is a non for profit organization. She assembled a team of ten family members and friends to help raise money for this fundraiser. Her team excelled and they raised up to almost $40,000.
Whether it’s baking, schoolwork, or theatre, Peterson always gives everything all her effort. People can reach out and order from Flour Child Sweets on her Facebook account @flourchildsweetsbyparkerann and on Instagram at @flourchild.sweets.