Happy weekend, everyone! To celebrate the diversity of cookies on this site, it's time, once again, for a "Best in Category" spotlight. For newbies to this feature, this means that, rather than showcasing the top 10 cookies on the site or the top 10 in any one category, I'm highlighting the hottest* pics of the week in a random selection of 10 clip sets, as wildly different as 3-D and back-to-school.
If you ever find yourself out of cookie ideas, I tell you there's no better exercise for stimulating creativity than searching our various clip sets. Just take a look at what I unearthed this week, listed in no particular order!
Top 3-D Cookie: Antique Clock with Brush Embroidery by bobbiebakes
Top Cookies on Sticks: Crab Onesies by Shannon Tidwell
Top Character Cookies: Star Wars Cookies by Compassionate Cake
Top Back-to-School Cookies: One, Two, Three! by Classic Cookies by Parr [EDITOR'S NOTE: These cookies also scored high in the "decorative cookies with little to no icing or fondant" category!]
Top Fall Cookies: Abstract Paisley by Fernwood Cookie [EDITOR'S NOTE: Also a top-trending Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #3 entry!]
Top Animal Cookies: Bird Cookie Set by vert
Top Wedding Cookie: Crystal Gown by Buttercup Cookie
Top Stenciled Cookies: Lobster, Crab, and Sea-Themed Cookies by Bella Sucre [EDITOR'S NOTE: This set was also a front-runner in the summer category.]
Top Miscellaneous Cookie: Norman Rockwell Puppy Love Cookie by Kim at Sugar Rush Custom Cookies [EDITOR'S NOTE: Also a lead contender in the handpainted category - naturally.]
And, last but not least, for the very good reason that it makes sense to plan ahead for the busiest cookie season of the year . . .
Top Christmas Cookies: Vidrieras (aka Windows) by Nanatartas Fondant Granada
Congrats to all of this week's honorees, and thank you for sharing your talents with us!
* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos are added to the site.
So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.
To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.