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Hi, all! I'm super excited to introduce our next live chat, not only because the featured guest, Chris Taylor, is a fierce competitive baker, but also because this chat marks the first in my CookieCon 2018 interview series! Woo hoo! Over the next few months, my aim is to conduct live chats and in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews with all of the fabulous core presenters on the CookieCon 2018 roster. If you're not familiar with CookieCon, it's the country's biggest cookie-only convention and...Read More...
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Say Hello to Our April Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Super HUGE thanks to @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. for sparing us all the tedium of having to see my stenciled cookies in the banner and backdrop again this month! And for sparing us with such a marvelously whimsical banner in her signature story-telling style . . . They're an absolutely adorable pair, aren't they?! As you probably know by now, Ryoko is a veteran site submitter, having already been featured a few times. So in lieu of doing another Cookier Close-up with her this month, I'm...Read More...
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Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
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Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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New Member Moderation Practices

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Due to an unfortunate rash of spam/fake members signing up for the site since January 2018, I am moving to a new system of moderating new member signups. In the past, everyone who signed up for Cookie Connection automatically had access to the site, without any moderation/review by me. However, this process has (recently) allowed a large number of fake members (10 to 20 per day) to join, and has created an ENORMOUS amount of cleanup for me - about 1 or more hours each day to delete...Read More...
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Sorry Again - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
So sorry - again! When I wrote last week's post alerting you to no Saturday Spotlight last Saturday and mentioned that I'd resume this week, I forgot I would be in an all-day class today with another all-day one tomorrow. I was also awoken at 5 am the day before yesterday due to a fire alarm in the hotel (!), and then, last night, I had to change hotel rooms at 1 am because someone in a nearby room was smoking and all the smoke was getting sucked into my room through the bathroom vent. So...Read More...
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No Saturday Spotlight Tonight

Julia M. Usher
Hi, gang! So sorry, but I am in the height of prep for several spring classes, one of which is early next week, and I simply don't have the time for the Spotlight this week. I hope to resume next Saturday, March 10. Thanks for understanding, and have a great weekend!Read More...

Say Hello to Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Well, you won't have to shout very far to say "hi", because, this month, that site artist is none other than me! I think you all know me pretty well by now, so I won't insert any bio or other intro material here as I usually do. If you happen to be interested in the extended version of how I got started in baking and decorating, you can read all of those sweet (and sometimes sordid) details on my personal website . Oh, here's what my March cookie contribution looked like in photo form before...Read More...
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If I Can Be So Bold . . .

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My YouTube channel, Recipes for a Sweet Life with Julia M Usher , is lucky to be a finalist in this year's TASTE Awards, in the best online-streamed food program category. The winner is determined completely by popular vote. If I can be so bold, I'd love your vote! Here's the link for voting (there are a few other categories listed here too): http://www.thetasteawards.com/...e-voting-9th-annual/ Thanks in advance! Much appreciated!Read More...
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Say Hello to Our February Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
It's nearly February 1, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better time to insert some love-themed cookies into our site banner and backdrop?! I'm especially fond of these rustic hearts, wreaths, and flower plaques created by the very talented @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Their departure from normal lacy red and pink valentines makes them all the more interesting to me. And the neutral, wood-grain background really makes their foreground elements...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As any site gets big and draws a lot of traffic, it becomes a target for spam, questionable members, and unwanted emails from said members. In fact, since Christmas, the incidence of spam members has increased quite a lot despite our very rigorous spam filters. As a result, I now review every new member who joins the site , and I actively delete those who appear to be here for purposes of spreading spam or making unwanted advances to other members. Today, I have already deleted...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookie Celebration LLC · First Unread Post
As so many of you know, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., aka Ryoko Hayashi , has been a longstanding member of Cookie Connection , a fearless and faithful contributor to our Practice Bakes Perfect challenges, and an artist who consistently delights us with her cookie "storytelling" abilities. Her cookie sets are undeniably lovely, but they always go further than surface beauty. Whether they teach us lessons about Japan (Ryoko's home country), expand our skills by showing us techniques, or...Read More...
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Ringing in the New Year with a New Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
It's almost 2018, and I'm ringing in the New Year with the introduction of our January site artist, the lovely Susan Crane aka @SusieQCookies. Thank you so much, Susan, for generously contributing your time and talents to beautifying our site! Before we get to Susan's lovely art, a quick, but important plea ! After the posting of our February art, I'm flush out of art for every other month in 2018. So, unless you want to see my cookies all over the site for the rest of the...Read More...
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Site Downtime NOW on January 12, 2018!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone. My tech partner Hoop.la will be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of this site. This maintenance is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Friday, January 12, 2018 from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. During the maintenance period, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of this...Read More...
Hi, all! Please don't forget! There's just one more week to thank your favorite cookie decorators for inspiring you throughout 2017. We are continuing to accept nominations for Cookie Artist and Cookier of the Year through January 13, and we need your input to help determine a slate of finalists . Please read all about our awards program here , and then submit your nominations here . In addition to earning bragging rights and social media stardom , Cookiers' Choice Awards winners will each...Read More...
Hi, all! Lots of folks have joined the site over the holidays, so I wanted to make sure everyone is aware that Cookie Connection contributor @Bakerloo Station (aka Christine Donnelly) runs bimonthly cookie decorating challenges to help stretch our skills and creativity! The current one involves reaching out to a cookie decorator and learning a skill from him/her, and then turning that learning into a cookie or cookie set of your own design. Basically a cookie (skills) swap! You...Read More...
A few days ago, my tech team at Hoop.la, the gods and goddesses who maintain the software that drives this site, upgraded a number of features. Most of the new features give me (admins) more control over various back-end functions, but a couple of the upgrades directly affect you. Nothing too major this time, but I thought you should know that: (1) A more visible posting button was added to mobile versions of the site. In the past, the posting option was somewhat buried when using a mobile...Read More...
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Introducing Our December Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
I honestly can't believe that another year on Cookie Connection has come and nearly gone. Whoosh! (BTW, that's the sound of time flying! ) Although too short, 2017 has been unbelievably picturesque, because of the glorious site banners and backdrops that so many of you have contributed over the months. Thanks to all of our 2017 featured site artists! Without your generous donations of time and talent, our site would never have been so colorful and dynamic. If your cookies didn't hit our...Read More...
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Hi, all! Just a quick FYI . . . I am leaving on vacation (for the first time this year!) tomorrow (November 18) and will return on November 25. Per mandate from my husband , I will be doing absolutely no work during this time (!!) and, though I hate to be saying this again, I will therefore not be posting a Saturday Spotlight tomorrow or on November 25. D epending on how my reentry into real life goes on Sunday, November 26, I may resume Spotlight s that day, or simply pick up again on the...Read More...
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Say Hello to Our November Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
This month's site artist, the creator of the stunning owls you now see staring back at you, is one of our most prolific contributors to the site. Not only has she been a featured site artist at lease three (or is it four?) times, she is also a repeat Practice Bakes Perfect challenge entrant, who often enters each challenge multiple times! Her signature style of boldly painted scenes, often with the added dimension of modeled fondant figurines, is immediately recognizable to anyone who's been...Read More...
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Hi, all! As you probably know by now, Food Network is airing a series of seven Christmas Cookie Challenges this holiday season, all with a keen focus on our passion - cookie decorating! You can see the entire first episode, called Christmas Family Fun , here, along with upcoming airtimes of this episode and the others. As if this wasn't exciting enough, at least five Cookie Connection members have competed in these challenges, and we've got the rare opportunity to talk with all of them about...Read More...
Hi, all, Just a quick note to let you know that the Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #25 recap will post sometime between November 11 and 15, rather than in its usual Saturday Spotlight slot on November 11. In addition, the next challenge (#26) is likely to be posted on December 2 or December 3 rather than the week following the previous (#25) recap. Let me assure you, these delays have nothing to do with @Bakerloo Station, our marvelous challenge host, and have everything to do...Read More...
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Introducing Our October Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Boo! (Did I scare you?! ) We've got a boo-tiful set of Halloween-themed art for the site this month, but I have a feeling it won't scare you much either. Dubbed "Goofy Goths, Boo Bones, and Candy Curls" by its creator, the very talented @virago , it's more charming and smile-inducing than spooky. Ever since virago submitted this art, now almost a year ago, I've been dying to post it . . . not only are the individual cookies executed to perfection, but the overall...Read More...
Last Reply By Nonna Mela · First Unread Post
Hi, all. The Cookie Connection site recently underwent a software update in which many improvements were made to admin functionality. Plus, one change was made that affects all of you more directly! In the past, you may have noticed that, when selecting emojis in the Cookie Connection entry/editing window on mobile devices , emojis did not reveal as they should. Instead, they showed up in posts as a string of question marks. Well, that bug has finally been fixed! Now, you should see emojis...Read More...
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Saturday Spotlight: Delayed!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I am teaching straight for the next several days, so the Saturday Spotlight , which is in process, will be a bit delayed. It's a feature of the amazing 2017 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show winners, and promises to be a good one. Stay tuned!Read More...
Hi, everyone! I thought I'd take a different tack with the live chat this month by NOT having a featured guest, but rather encouraging everyone to come at an appointed time to discuss whatever cookie stuff your heart desires. I'd particularly like to encourage newcomers to Cookie Connection to attend, as I and our veteran members would love to meet you more personally. I will, of course, be on hand to moderate the chat and to answer any questions people have for me about the site or anything...Read More...
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No Saturday Spotlight Tonight

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! So sorry, but I won't be writing the Saturday Spotlight (again) this weekend. I just got back from a long day at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (it's now 8 pm), and I have to get a good night's sleep tonight because I must drive 6 hours home tomorrow night after working another 12-hour day at the show tomorrow. I'll resume the Spotlight next weekend. Thanks for your understanding! I will, however, be conducting the flour survey drawing later tonight, so do stay tuned for that!Read More...
Last Reply By Love Cookies · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone! Once again, my tech team at Hoop.la will be doing maintenance next week on the systems that power Cookie Connection . This maintenance period is scheduled for October 5, 2017 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During the maintenance period, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection should be functioning normally for the vast majority of the time. If you have trouble accessing the site during this time, there is no need to alert...Read More...
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