Wow, it's been another great week of cookie photos here on Cookie Connection! Many clips have been sporting rust, teal, and peacock blue in keeping with the ongoing Practice Bakes Perfect color challenge. (BTW, if you haven't yet entered, there's still time; the challenge doesn't close until August 10.)
But there have been countless other cookie twists as well - like icing renderings of famous artists' work, intricately piped needlepoint masterpieces, and sugar cookie dolls with sparkling eyes, to name a few.
Read on to see what your views, comments, and likes deemed the hottest cookies of the week*. And take a moment to revel in the wonderful diversity of our cookie world!
#1: Abstract Florals by Yankee Girl Yummies [EDITOR'S NOTE: Kari's beautiful take on our Practice Bakes Perfect challenge theme.]
#2: Blancanieves (aka Snow White) by Nanatartas Fondant Granada
#3: 3-D Surf Shack by If You Give A Nerd A Cookie [EDITOR'S NOTE: Another Practice Bakes Perfect challenge entry!]
#4: Henna Cookie Stack by Montreal Confections [EDITOR'S NOTE: I love all of the various takes on this month's challenge! Despite the similar colors, this entry couldn't be more different than the one above.]
#5: Mystic Mermaid by Sugar Pearls Cakes and Bakes [EDITOR'S NOTE: A fourth challenge entry!]
#6: Vintage Cookie Set by Maybe a Cookie
#7: Multi-Color Peacock Cookie by El rincÓn de glass [EDITOR'S NOTE: Yet another top-flight challenge entry!]
#8: Hearts and Tulips by Teri Pringle Wood [EDITOR'S NOTE: And another . . .]
#9: Tiles! by The Plaid Cookie Co. [EDITOR'S NOTE: This makes a whopping seven Practice Bakes Perfect entries in this week's top ten! Whoa!]
#10: Summer Doll Cookie by Evelindecora
* 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.
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