Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies of the Week

 

It's that time once again when I settle into my comfy living room couch with a glass of wine and computer in hand and proceed to be astounded by the gorgeous cookies gracing our hot list*! Y'all have outdone yourselves this week!

While we had everything from finely painted bugs to whimsical back-to-school characters garnering the most views, comments, and likes this week, we also had a larger than usual representation of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #24 entries. As you may recall, our current challenge (which runs through September 9, BTW) is all about repurposing a standard butterfly shape into three non-butterfly things. So amidst those bugs and students, you'll find a host of butterflies masquerading (quite cleverly, I might add) as turtles, mice, dogs, cats, party masks, pelicans, candelabras, cheerleaders . . . the list goes on . . .

So, let's get started with this week's unveiling, shall we?! It just so happens that the number one spot contains one of those brilliant challenge entries I just mentioned . . .

#1: Butterfly Metamorphosis by swissophie
#1 - Butterfly Metamorphosis by swissophie

#2: Summer Garden by Sweet Prodigy - Christine
#2 - Summer Garden by Sweet Prodigy - Christine

#3: Flower Basket by salyD
#3 - Flower Basket by salyD

#4: Animals with Butterfly-Shaped Cookie by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Another awesome challenge entry by one of our seasoned challenge veterans!]
#4 - Animals with Butterfly-Shaped Cookie by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.

#5: The First Time in the First Class by My Lovely Cookie
#5 - The First Time in the First Class by My Lovely Cookie

#6: Oodles of Flowers by Cookies Fantastique by Carol
#6 - Oodles of Flowers by Cookies Fantastique by Carol

#7: Black and White No. 1 by Sweet Prodigy - Christine [EDITOR'S NOTE: Congrats to Christine on her second win of the week. Wow - just mesmerizing!]
#7 - Black and White No. 1 by Sweet Prodigy - Christine

#8: Masquerade by sweets decoration Tink [EDITOR'S NOTE: In case you didn't see butterflies, they're here in this most astonishing challenge entry - a masquerade in more ways than one!]
#8 - Masquerade by sweets decoration Tink

#9: Butterfly Collage by morganbell [EDITOR'S NOTE: Special congrats to @morganbell not only for her excellent cookie work, but also for her bravery! This challenge entry was her first-EVER post to Cookie Connection, and it made our hot list. Talk about starting strong!]
#9 - Butterfly Collage by morganbell

And, last but certainly not least . . .

#10: Bug Cookies by Sara's Sweets
#10 - Bug Cookies by Sara's Sweets

Congrats to this week's honorees for their splendid work!

Now, one last plug for our challenges before I let you get on with your weekends.  As the cookies above attest, our challenges are a terrific way to stretch your creative skills, and to get you thinking out of the box, as our lovely and hardworking challenge host @Bakerloo Station likes to say. There's still plenty of time to enter this one ('til September 9), and while I haven't selected the randomly drawn prize yet, I'm thinking it will be an extra special one. If I've tempted you, here's the link for more info about Challenge #24!

'Til next weekend, live sweetly!

* 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.

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I am very happy to see my cookies along with my favorite and wonderful artists'.     Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #24 is still open and I am looking forward to seeing more cookies with great ideas.   

Thank you and congratulations to all.    Have a great weekend!  

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