My oh my, time has sure flown by! It's already the season for appreciating those dwindling spare moments before the onslaught of carpooling kids, packing lunches, and the otherwise busy school year begins. How are you spending this precious time? Sneaking in a few last days of summer vacation? Kicking back on the deck with an icy drink? Or, better yet, decorating cookies perhaps?! If the latter, then this week's Saturday Spotlight is sure to fuel your cookie creativity, packed as it is with all sorts of back-to-school ideas.
Apples were certainly the dominant theme, but today's hot list also features kids at play, school buses in the shape of hearts, a teacher's retirement gift, and other interesting riffs on this scholarly theme.
All of these cookies deserve an A-plus in my opinion! Take a peek; then say congrats to the cookiers who earned spots at the top of this class.
#1: Back to School by Custom Cookies by Jill [EDITOR'S NOTE: Jill gets a gold star for penmanship!]
#2: Teacher Retirement Cookies by Michelle at Sweet Somethings
#3: A Gift for Accounting Professors by Michelle at Sweet Somethings [EDITOR'S NOTE: Yay! Michelle scores another point for her second cookie on the hot list.]
#4: Back to School by Tracie's Sweet Boutique
#5: School Days! by Melissa Joy Cookies
#6: School Bus Hearts by Baked by Rachel
#7: Back to School! by Tricia Z at The Cookie Loft Girls
#8: Apple Cookies for the First Day of School by Kristine
#9: Kids At Play by Treats by Trish
#10: Thank You, Principal by Lilly Mck [EDITOR'S NOTE: In four languages no less!]
* 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. But what you see here is who was hottest over the previous week at the time of this post!
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.
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