PHOTO: Crystal Breitbach of Hopkinton made these Ugly Sweater Cookies and submitted them for a contest on the Rachael Ray Show. Breitbach’s holiday cookies were voted the favorite and featured on the hit TV show. (Photo submitted)
PHOTO: Crystal Breitbach
By Kim Brooks, Express Editor
One Hopkinton woman’s claim to fame is thanks to the “Rachael Ray Show.”
Crystal Breitbach, 31, loves to bake. Her winning recipe was her sugar cookies, but she also dabbles in cupcakes and cakes as well.
While watching an episode of the “Rachael Ray Show,” Breitbach heard about a contest the show was sponsoring with GE (General Electric).
“They wanted fans to submit their baking creations,” explained Breitbach.
Using the hashtag #GEats, the show wanted people to post pictures to Facebook of their holiday favorites. Breitbach chose her Ugly Sweater Cookies. Using her sugar cookie recipe that includes powdered sugar (or confectioners’ sugar) versus regular sugar, Breitbach hand decorates each cookie with a different ugly holiday sweater motif. She said she bought the sweater cookie cutter online.
“You’d be surprised what types of cookie cutters are out there,” she said. ” I have a huge cutter collection.”
She first got the idea to make Ugly Sweater Cookies when a relative asked her to make them for a Christmas party, with that same theme.
“This is probably my most original cookie idea,” said Breitbach.
After uploading the photo and her information to Rachael Ray’s Facebook page, Breitbach said her staff looked through all the submissions before picking a winner.
“Next thing I know, they contacted me to fill out a photo release form to use my photo and information on the show,” explained Breitbach.
The announcement that she had won the contest was announced on the “Rachael Ray Show” on Christmas Eve. After people got wind of her win, Breitbach said so many people starting sharing and tagging her photo on Facebook.
“It really hasn’t sunk in yet that I won,” she said. “People keep telling me my cookies are famous. It’s pretty cool. Others shared some really good cookies, too.”
Breitbach taped the show that day so she had proof that her Ugly Sweater Cookies were in fact on the show.
“My 8-year-old thought it was cool, too,” said Breitbach. “He went to school after break and told his teacher my cookies were on TV.”
Breitbach said it was about a year ago that she really got into detailed cookie decorating.
“It is very detailed, but I love it!”
She feels comfortable in the kitchen, and as a stay-at-home mom, she said her kids love it too of course. Her next project is a 3D football stadium cake for her oldest son’s birthday.
“That’ll be a challenge,” she said.
She enjoys baking for family gatherings, holidays and birthdays.
“I had a lot to do over the holidays,” she said.