Fairland, Oklahoma (KSNF) — The woman’s talent in Fairland, Oklahoma, for creating artistic details on her own cakes and cookies was recently showcased in a Christmas movie featuring her homemade cookies.
Devin Culver’s Christmas-themed homemade cookies are featured in “The Christmas… Presents,” a movie premiering on Great American Family Channel November 27 starring Candace Cameron Bure.
The movie was shot in Oklahoma.
According to the movie listing, the movie is about realtor Maggie Larson and her family. They’re spending Christmas with her recently widowed brother, Paul, and his young daughter at their home, according to the movie listing from The Great American Family.
Snowmen, Santa Claus, ornaments, mittens, and other Christmas cookies are depicted in Culver’s movie served on trays and carried by servers in the corporate Christmas party scene.
The movies are shot many months in advance, so it was nearly impossible to find Christmas cookies in October.
In a series of coincidences, Joshua Miller, a former classmate of Colfer’s, who is a master at the Christmas movie, heard about her legendary cookies and reached out and asked Colfer to make 11 dozen cookies for the movie scene.
“I was so excited,” Colfer said.
Growing up as a child in the ’80s, Colfer said she “absolutely adored” Candace Cameron Bure when she was younger.
“Her character DJ on the sitcom Full House found her relevant on many life topics,” said Colfer. “I thought it was beautiful and wonderful.”
Colfer said she told her family when she was older her plan was to change her name to DJ.
Although Culver never met her childhood hero, the chance was her very own Christmas miracle.
“It’s so cool that someone I really admired and respected, who’s also famous, has now eaten my cookies and watched my work,” Colfer said. “It is an honor to have this experience and opportunity.”
The mom-of-three has a great cookie and brownie in northeastern Oklahoma.
“I love starting a cookie and seeing it come to life,” said Colfer. “It is definitely art.”
Her wedding cakes are meticulously detailed carved designs. Her cookies helped celebrate weddings, graduations, and birthdays.
Not only do they look like works of art – their taste will take you back to your grandmother’s kitchen.
Or, in Colfer’s case, her grandmother’s kitchen.
“I learned about baking from my grandmother, Janice Burleson,” Colfer said. “She was the best baker I knew.”
“I am so grateful that God blessed me with a grandmother who saw talent in me at an early age and taught me to bake,” Colfer said. “My fondest memories with her revolve around the kitchen and our taste tests.”
Colfer said she can’t remember when she first started baking her grandmother’s cookies.
“I don’t know at what age she started teaching me. It’s always been a passion we both shared,” Colfer said. “She taught me to cook and make pies, all from scratch.”
“Of course, I passed on some of the secrets that make cookies so special,” Colfer said.
Coming from a family of bakers, Culver has been making cakes for nearly two decades. Later, she was also picking on cookies after ordering cookies for her son’s first birthday, which she then decided to try for herself.
“Cookie decorating is a lot more difficult than it looks,” said Colfer.
Culver is not formally trained in cookie decorating but is self-taught by watching videos.
“I started following a lot of cookie makers on Instagram,” Colfer said. From there, Culver began doing her own research. “I looked online for several recipes for cookies and royal icing — then I bought supplies,” Colfer said.
It took Culver nine hours to decorate the first batch of cookies: “I hated it, I cried,” Culver said. “I was so frustrated and angry.”
But Colfer refused to let little Cookie get the best of her.
“I kept at it, with a lot of trial and error, until I found the right taste and texture that I was looking for,” Colfer said. The excitement of learning and experimenting with new technologies made it constant.
Juggling three kids, a full-time job and farm life keeps Culver busy.
“My baking depends on our family’s schedule,” Colfer said. “My family always comes first.”
Culver said she bakes and decorates late into the evening because of the heavy demands.
“I don’t sleep much, that’s for sure,” Colfer said.
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