Jasmine M. Cho is a Pittsburgh-based artist, author, and cookie activist most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge”), TEDx speaker, and the Founder of Yummyholic, an online bakery specializing in adorably delicious small treats.
Her cookie activism has been featured internationally on various media outlets that include NPR, HuffPost, CBS This Morning, and The Korea Daily. Jasmine has received numerous accolades including CREATOR of the Year by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Small Business Community Champion Award by Citizens Bank, and was also awarded a Mayor’s Proclamation declaring Jan. 28th, 2020 as “Jasmine Cho Day” in the City of Pittsburgh. Expanding to traditional fine art while pursuing art therapy studies, Jasmine wrote, illustrated, and published her first children’s book Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Made History.
While managing the stressors of owning a small business, Jasmine became more aware of the therapeutic impacts of baking. Believing that mental health services should be as diverse as the communities they serve, she is now exploring the frontiers of research-based bake therapy with hopes to make the kitchen a more accessible and empowering space for creativity and healing for all people.
From Feb. 2021 – May 2021, Jasmine joined forces with Kidsburgh and Remake Learning Days to launch a series of free family-focused cookie workshops entitled, “Kidsburgh Cookie Table,” ranging in topics from holiday baking to celebrating women’s history.