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About

Susan Bonser is emerita faculty of the College of Education at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and has held positions in professional media, from art directing Mademoiselle, Self, and Vogue magazines to directing Internet operations for the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey club. Her last full-time position was managing the website and social media for the Gettysburg Foundation, a partner of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Most recently, she co-founded the Adams County Journal with her husband and produces a blog about the restoration of their 1884 house. The focus of her career has been the creation and application of advanced digital media for marketing, communications, and education. She earned a doctorate in education with a specialization in distance education.

So what’s with the gingerbread? Thirty years ago Susan Bonser started making gingerbread houses. She went to the New York Restaurant School on 34th Street (way before it was Art Institute) and studied chocolate, confectionery and other delights. Then, while still working as an art director, she started working for CPC International test kitchens developing gingerbread designs for national magazines. She worked for caterers, once making 500 gingerbread log cabins that were filled with chocolate mousse for a spectacular dessert. Then she launched into product development, licensing a set of historic house cookie molds to Hartstone and copper mold designs to Old Dutch International. Gingerbread research took her to Europe to follow the Grimm’s Fairy Tale road and the Christmas Markets of Nuremburg and Munich.

So now, finally, she retired and has the time to put together her gingerbread and kitchen confections as an inspiration book for anyone interested in gingerbread house making, edible architectural portraits and cookie molds.