Welcome to our first-ever Saturday Spotlight, where we at Cookie Connection plan to feature the hottest cookies/decorators each week in various (ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable!) categories.
Since Father's Day is imminent, it seemed only appropriate that we honor the best of this class this week (teaser, immediately below). If you still have last-minute decorating to do for your loved ones, I guarantee you'll find tons of inspiration throughout this week's complete Top 10 Hot List.
A word about how the rankings are determined, before the BIG reveal: 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 this week. 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 here's who was hottest over the previous week at this very special moment in time!
Please join me in congratulating each designer on his/her exemplary Father's Day work by commenting at the bottom of this post, or clicking on the individual links to comment on each. In recognition of this honor, each hot list member will also receive a special Cookie Connection badge to display on his/her site or blog.
#1: Mug-Hanging Neckties by Mike @ Semi Sweet
#2: Dad Plaques by Amber of SweetAmbs (Amber had not one cookie but two on the hot list, so we merged her wins into one!)
#3: '58 Buicks by Gigi's Fresh Baked
#4: Racing Beetles by GK Cookies
#5: Fishy Fishy in the Brook by Didi of 4 The Love of Cookies
#6: All Set for Sunday by Michelle of Sweet Somethings
#7: Tool Set by Sarah of Blakely Street Bakery
#8: Jack and Harley by Rebekah of Love At First Bite
#9: Back from the Cleaners by Melissa Joy
#10: Ajedrez (aka Chess) by Ovella Que Bala
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.
Best wishes to all for a Happy Father's Day!
*P.S. The algorithm is secret to even site administrators, so that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
P.P.S. All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.