Cookies! It’s definitely not Christmas at the Smylie household without tins filled to the brim with a variety of cookies. When I saw the photos posted by the smiling face you see above, I knew that I wanted to include them in this holiday exposure series I’ve got going on this week.

Brandon Tidwell is one half of the phenomenon that is Bear Maker Bakery. I first met Brandon at one of Shameeka Ayers’ popular Sugar Coma festivals where budding entrepreneurs have a stage to present their sugar skills to a discerning public. If you have any doubt of the caliber of the entrepreneurs who have gotten their start there, look no further to High Road Craft Ice Cream’s placement in the Dean & Deluca holiday catalog. My favorite creation of the day? a take on an oatmeal cream pie with Indian spices. I’m sure that Little Debbie would kill for the recipe.

Check out this detail, y'all

I’m a big Ritz cracker fan and another creation in their portfolio are their chocolate dipped peanut butter sandwiches (unofficial nickname, Ritz Carltons) which I love. Their fleur de sel chocolate cookies are a big hit as well.

However, it was a photo of their tray of custom made Christmas cookies that stopped me in my tracks on Facebook the other day. The heavily detailed creations can take 15-20 minutes to create by Brandon’s partner in crime (and in love) John Price. John, a bearded superstar in his own right, competed in the Battle of the Beards recently at the Highland Inn.

The origins of BMB actually began with their popular Christmas cookie parties and  Outwrite Bookstore owner Phillip Rafshoon asked if they’d consider selling their treats in his Midtown store. Their success quickly outgrew their home kitchen & their commercial kitchen space allows them to meet the needs of their retail & coffee shop clients which include Inman Perk, The Collective, Joe’s and Java Lords. Intown Atlanta delivery is available via

As you can imagine, after photographing all this tasty goodness, I asked for a taste, and trust me the cookies taste as good they look. Firm, with a bit of chewiness & the right amount of sweetness. Christmas is their most popular season for their cookies, but they decorate year-round and accept custom orders for their premium product.

On my way out the door at The Collective, a special visitor couldn’t help but notice the cookies and was enamored by them as well. All of the rumors of Santa being a cookie hunter are very much true. If you’ve procrastinated on Christmas cards, Santa will be sitting for portraits with children (and pets!) this weekend at The Collective.


BEAR MAKER BAKERY BMB on Etsy 404-408-2936 – Call for custom orders and shipping options.