When the bug for baking cookies bites it is like no other. Everything around you is a new idea for a cookie, you dream cookies and all you can talk about,read about and think about are cookies; recipes, how to's, tools, following FB joining groups and of course baking. Your house suddenly smells like sugar and sweet butter, all day and all night. And now it begins. You see someone else's design and think, I want to do that too. You see tools, tips, colors, molds -start scanning eBay and on-line shops and begin buying. What first? This is where I want to give advise of caution. Almost everything you need to make beautiful cookies is already in your kitchen. A small sharp knife, a toothpick, a rolling pin(if fondant will be your choice of decorating) water, a cup for a round shapes and food coloring from the super market plastic bags or parchment paper. Everything you can imagine to learn is on Youtube and on the many cookie blogs. Practice with simple things before you go out and spend a fortune - find a style you are comfortable with. Work with fondant and Royal icing and see what medium gives you the best creative outlet. Try and become comfortable with some great recipes .Then as you get better there may be books you may need to purchase , molds you can't live without, colors you can't make cutters you need , tools that will help you and so on. But you will be in a position to know more about what you REALLY need to bake successfully and be well on your way to possibly beginning a business with out a huge unnecessary start-up expense. So to all of you excited beginner -good luck and see how creative you can be with simple tools and then move ahead. Use the knowledge out there. Bakers love sharing. Learn from us and we have! Sweet decorating!!!