At Sugartime Confections, Woman Finds Her Calling In Cookies

By Amy Bickel
The Hutchinson News, Kan.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) One day, entrepreneur Malynda Jarrett took a leave of absence from her job in human resources and never went back. Instead, she began following her dream — one deeply rooted in childhood nostalgia. It culminated July 4 with the opening of “Aunt P’s Sugartime Confections.”

The Hutchinson News, Kan.

From her little sweet shop in downtown Hutchinson, Malynda Jarrett shares the story of how cookies changed her life.

“It’s more of a testimony,” she tells customers on this July afternoon — three women who had just bought a few fresh-baked cookies to take home.

Jarrett was at a crossroads two years ago. A human resources professional for an organization with more than 900 employees in three states, her stress level was rising — all at about the same time her father and several close family members were battling health issues.

One day, she took a leave of absence. She never went back.

“Someone asked me ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ ” Jarrett said. “They said it isn’t about the money — what brings you joy? And I said a cookie. But I will never replace my income with a cookie. And they said life isn’t about that. It’s about what in your life brings you joy and peace.”

Jarrett took the advice to heart and began following her dream — one deeply rooted in childhood nostalgia. It culminated July 4 with the opening of Aunt P’s Sugartime Confections, located at the corner of Main Street and Avenue A.

“Two years ago, I was challenged to do life different, do what I love and enjoy,” she said. “And I love to make sugar cookies.”

Finding her calling
“The joke is I never made my kids a sugar cookie,” said Jarrett.

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