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Kristin Mcrae discovered an unknown talent when she began teaching herself to decorate cookies and cakes five years ago. Though she’d never worked in a bakery or taken cooking classes, photos posted on Pinterest and Instagram inspired her to try it out, and she hasn’t stopped since.

“I started seeing cookies on Pinterest, so I thought I’d try to make them myself,” Mcrae says. “I didn’t even know I could draw a straight line until I started decorating cookies.”

Mcrae’s humility belies her artistic talent. She started filling orders from her home, and the do-it-yourself hobby turned into a full-time business just a year ago when she opened Kristin’s Bakery Cafe in Henderson. The eye-appealing colors, designs, and lettering she adds to the pastries are bright, cheerful, and popular.

The contemporary designs brighten her clients’ special occasions, such as birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and office parties. The bakery frequently sells out of special occasion cookies, baskets, and gift sets, but special orders ­ also fueled by social media posts­ ­— keep coming.

Mcrae fills up to 10 special orders a week, often for clients who have seen a picture of a cake or cookie they want for a special occasion. They send her a picture they see on social media and often ask her to modify it. A birthday cake may take the form of a monkey’s face or an upside-down ice cream cone — almost anything a client wants.

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The bakery offers cookies, cakes, muffins, desserts, and popular specialty coffees to about 20 clients a day. She builds her customer base with friendly customer service, frequent social media posts, and giveaways to local businesses.

Though sugar cookies and cakes showcase Mcrae’s decorating talent, everyone’s favorite is an old standby — chocolate chip. Keto cookies, made with chocolate chips, almond flour, and a sugar substitute, are most popular, she says.

Other standard flavors are oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, peanut butter, and lemon, but Mcrae is always adding new treats. Novelty baked items, including cupcakes, cake popsicles, and even “paint-your-own” cookies with black outlines on white frosting inspire kids to paint their own cookies with a paintbrush and water.

Kristin’s Bakery Cafe, at 506 Johnson Drive in Henderson, is open Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (903) 658-1593 or visit on Facebook @kristin’sbakerycafe.

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