Many of Judit CzinknÉ PoÓr’s customers order cookies with Hungarian folk embroidery patterns. (Mézesmanna)

Many of Judit CzinknÉ PoÓr’s customers order cookies with Hungarian folk embroidery patterns. (Mézesmanna)

Ms. PoÓr (left) usually works alone. But sometimes, she teaches cookie decorating to others at her workshop. (Mézesmanna)

Ms. PoÓr (left) usually works alone. But sometimes, she teaches cookie decorating to others at her workshop. (Mézesmanna)

Ms. PoÓr enjoys painting cookie portraits of people and animals. This dog is so lifelike, he looks like he could lift his head and look at you! (Mézesmanna)

Ms. PoÓr enjoys painting cookie portraits of people and animals. This dog is so lifelike, he looks like he could lift his head and look at you! (Mézesmanna)

Christmas is the biggest season for sweets. Ms. PoÓr creates Christmas cookies with many different styles of art, including these cute animals. (Mézesmanna)

Christmas is the biggest season for sweets. Ms. PoÓr creates Christmas cookies with many different styles of art, including these cute animals. (Mézesmanna)

People often buy Ms. PoÓr’s cookies for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. This cookie features a realistic portrait of a couple. (Mézesmanna)

People often buy Ms. PoÓr’s cookies for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. This cookie features a realistic portrait of a couple. (Mézesmanna)

Sweet Cookie Skills

Posted: November 1, 2020

Is this a cookie . . . or a work of art?

It’s both!

Judit CzinknÉ PoÓr is an amazing cookie craftsperson from Hungary. She started out as a porcelain painter. Then she decided to start doing what she loved—decorating cookies with delectable designs. Her cookies look pretty much perfect, don’t you think?

But Ms. PoÓr says, “There is no such thing as being perfect. One can always be better.” Most people ordering her cookies ask for Hungarian folk embroidery patterns. She also enjoys painting cookies with portraits of people and animals. She bases these paintings on photos.

Each cookie takes a long time to finish. She has to stop for breaks. And after all that work . . . do people actually eat these cookies?

They do.

Would you?

“I can only smile at it,” says Ms. PoÓr. “It doesn’t bother me.” She says everyone does what they want with the gingerbread they ordered.

Ms. PoÓr makes every single gingerbread treat by hand. She even crafts the gift boxes herself. She works alone, usually from home—though sometimes she travels to her workshop to teach decorating to others. Customers from many countries order her fantastic designs. “People buy from me all year,” she says. Favorite cookie order occasions are birthdays, anniversaries, and the biggest season of sweets—Christmas.

Ms. PoÓr says it’s challenging to run her own business. But she trusts God to help her. “Faith means everything for me,” she says. “I feel it’s very hard to thrive in life without faith. . . . When there is no hope, people find it difficult to survive. God has been my main support since I was 16 years old. Without Him, I wouldn't be who I am. I got my talent and everything from Him.”