In her high school yearbook, Jordan Dotson is quoted saying that in five years she sees herself owning her own bakery.
It’s been a little more than five years, but the 2008 South Charleston High School graduate is almost there.
That quote has been in the back of her mind. It’s what’s pushed her to pursue her dreams, it’s what she thinks about often and it’s finally coming true.
“It’s always been something I want to do,” she said. “I can show that to my kids and say, ‘I’ve always had this dream.’ ”
Dotson, a wife and mother of three, is the owner of Sugar Momma Sweets, a small sugar-cookie business she started a year-and-a-half ago so she wouldn’t go stir crazy staying home with the kids.
Dotson makes and decorates cookies for parties, weddings, holidays and just about any other event imaginable.
She’s a mom by day, and at night she puts on her apron and becomes a baker.
“When I am exhausted, and I have an order due, I’m like ‘Let’s do it. It’s Momma’s time,’ ” Doston said. “I gotta keep my sanity.”
Each cookie order takes four days to complete.
Dotson makes her own dough and icing the first day, and then bakes the cookies.
“People ask me, ‘So, you just get your cookie dough at the store?’ No, it’s all made from scratch,” she said. “You can customize them to make them more personal. All the monogrammed stuff is big.”
She spends the next day “flooding,” or layering on the first layer of icing, which takes 10 hours to dry.
The third day she does the little details — sprinkles, icing and writing on cookies.
Once that’s dry she spends the last day packing the cookies, which can sometimes be just as creative as the cookies, themselves.
Her Instagram and Facebook pages are filled with pictures of artistic cookies.
She’s made Valentine’s Day cookies that look like a box of chocolates; wedding cookies in the shapes of dresses, rings and cakes; and Christmas cookies that look like milk, a tray of cookies and a list for Santa.
She’s a self-proclaimed cookie-cutter addict, and is constantly looking for new gadgets to use on her cookies.
She recently bought an airbrush, which she used to detail some of her Valentine’s Day cookies.
Pinterest, Instagram and trips down the aisles of Target serve as her inspiration for new ideas.
Dotson will see an idea or a cute design and take it to a whole different level — the Sugar Momma Sweets level.
“I like doing wedding cookies, the pretty cookies. My favorite cookies are the ones that look realistic. Like a box of chocolates,” she said. “A big thing at Target right now are those cactus designs. You see a gift bag, and they have such cute designs and things. You see something cute written on a coffee mug and I’m like ‘I want that on a cookie.’ ”
She’s mostly self-taught, having only taken two cake-decorating classes in the past.
Dotson said she’s always been creative and has had a love for drawing, so this allows her to do that for others.
The idea to start her own business began in her kitchen at home in Teays Valley.
She’d make cookies for family and friends and started running her business through word of mouth.
Last month she was a vendor at the Charleston Wedding Expo, and things started falling into place quickly.
She talked to dozens of interested brides, received new orders and — most importantly — met Rachel Evans.
Evans, the co-owner of Sugar Pie Bakery in Kanawha City, opened up her commercial kitchen so Dotson could expand Sugar Momma Sweets and hit the ground running.
“They’re adorable. And the time involved? I mean, who does that? I think we found a real gem,” Evans said. “She’s got some talent. She can do things we can’t. We can offer more to our customers, more to our brides.”
Not only does Dotson now bake in the Sugar Pie kitchen, but she has set up a Sugar Momma Sweets stand inside the bakery on MacCorkle Avenue where she’ll keep a stock of cookies for holiday, birthdays and other occasions.
“I feel like cookies are up-and-coming. At first it was cake pops and cupcakes. Cookies are having their moment,” Dotson said, while diligently piping brown icing on a cookie “candy” to complete her box of chocolates. “There’s so much to learn.”
Dotson is careful to say that she’s a wife and a mom first — but cookies are a close second to her family time.
“It’s all coming true,” she said, while gazing out into the lobby of Sugar Pie Bakery. “I’m learning new things every day. I see new things and I’m like, ‘I have to try that.’ I’m proving to myself that this is the path I’m supposed to be on.”
In the future, she said she has dreams of opening her own bakery coffee shop in the state, living out her dream and sticking to cookies.
“Just sell cookies and coffee. That would be my dream. Bring my best friend on board, and just do that together,” she said. “I tried the cakes. My husband was like, ‘Every time you make a cake you cry.’ I’ve never cried over a cookie.”