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Congrats to Our Two (!) July Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
July is a month blessed with bounty - idyllic summer vacations, laid-back gatherings with friends and family, outdoor parties galore, festive patriotic fireworks (at least here in the US), and . . . yes, two Cookie Connection featured site artists! Aren't we lucky?! The artist whose work will be featured in the first half of July is none other than @Magadiuz, aka Ina Uzzanu, who was, coincidentally, also featured around this time last year. (See that post here .) Ina's...Read More...
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Congratulations to Our New Site Contributor!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great surprise for you! @Aproned Artist, aka Samantha Yacovetta, has officially joined our team of Cookie Connection contributors as of today! As you probably know from seeing her work on this site, she's made a name for herself in the cookie world with her precise work, elegant designs, and keen attention to showstopping details. So it only makes sense then that her bimonthly cookie tutorials will focus on the special little details that make big...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post
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
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. Be sure to edit the main photo title so it's descriptive of the cookie . Many people are uploading...Read More...
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SugarDeaux Quick Dry Royal Icing

Karen-SugarDeaux
*This is the quickest RI to make and the fastest drying! Cookies can be iced, bagged and ready to go in 3-5 hours with no dehydrator. A couple notes of interest: This RI recipe mixes to a semi-stiff consistency. (Think buttercream.) You can separate into individual containers and add a litlle water till you achieve the consistency you desire. If you want very stiff RI to do piped flowers, etc. add an additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. This icing will dry to a semi- matte finish with a...Read More...
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Need Ultimate Cookies Book

Forum: Books
JudyMarszalek
Julia, thank you so much for all of the time you've put into developing your techniques & instructions to make it easier for someone like me to get the courage to try something new! Does anyone have an Ultimate Cookies cookbook they'd like to sell? I've downloaded the app & the video series on Amazon & really love them. I'll be making some dough today to get my practice in. I'm a beginner/intermediate & have decided I'm going to go for it & get my cottage industry license...Read More...
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Wood vs. Marble Rolling Pins

Forum: Tools
loco_meow
Lately no matter how good I flour my wooden rolling pin, my dough seems to stick when I'm rolling it out. I was wondering, instead of having to keep adding flour, does a marble rolling pin work any better? I apologize if this already has a thread. I looked and looked and could not find it discussed. Hoping I didn't overlook something.Read More...
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Fondant Fruit Molds

Forum: Tools
Kimberlie
I know this site is more about cookies than cakes, but I have a friend, and I need to make a cake for her one-year-old's birthday that is themed fruit. I can't find enough fondant molds in one place. If anyone knows where I can find them in the US, so I don't have to wait on customs, please let me know. I don't have much time. Thank you.Read More...
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Airbrush Use and Preferences Survey - I'd Love Your Input!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone, I'm conducting a little market research to help guide my development and design of a new airbrush system (gun and compressor) for use in cookie and cake decorating . I would very much appreciate your input so that I can best tailor the product to meet your unique decorating needs. Click here to go to the survey . (You can also return to the survey at any time by clicking on "Surveys" in the main navigation line, but be sure to log your answers before January 13, 2017 when the...Read More...
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TruColor Natural Food Colorings, Now More Widely Available

Forum: Suppliers
Julia M. Usher
You know those TruColor™ natural colors that I tested a while ago in royal icing ( see test here )?! Well, they're now more widely available! Karen’s Cookies is offering the TruColor™ small jar collections (including gel paste and natural shine lines intended for airbrushing and painting) on their website. Check out their full-range of TruColor™ products here . Enjoy this healthier coloring alternative!Read More...
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Julia's March Stencil Release!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's mid-March (my, how time flies!) and once again the occasion for the grand reveal of my latest Prettier Plaques TM stencils . If you haven't yet heard about my new line, introduced at the end of 2016 and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding four new five-stencil sets, including my March Stencil of the Month , to my growing line. All sets are also sold as separates to give you maximum purchasing flexibility. As a...Read More...

Julia's February Stencil Release!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! It's that time again to unveil the latest releases in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line . If you haven't heard about my new line, introduced in November and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding five (!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates) to my rapidly expanding line, including my February Stencil of the Month. As a reminder, my Stencil of the Month is part of my Stencil of the Month Club (natch! ),...Read More...
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New Craftsy Class with Flour Box Bakery

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all, I just spotted this "new" Craftsy class from Ann Yorks , aka Flour Box Bakery, and thought you production-oriented decorators might be especially interested. ("New" is in quotes only because I'm not sure how truly new it is; it's just new to me.) This course seems to focus less on decorating technique and more on how to set up and manage your work process for maximum efficiency, which is critical for anyone who sells cookies, of course. As always, if you purchase this course via...Read More...
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3-D Printers to Make Cutters

Forum: Tools
Buffy Gwyn
I am thinking of buying a 3-D printer to make cookie cutters for my personal use. There are so many to choose from. Would anyone share a brand/model that they like and share their experience with the software used to create cookie cutters?? Is it worth the time and expense to purchase a 3-D printer? Thank you for any input you have to offer.Read More...
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Bakery Software

Kate Baking
I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and Baking It to you guys. We are passionate about baking and wanted to make business owners lives a lot easier. I won't fill this section with a long explanation of who we are and what we do; if you are intrigued you can find that out for yourself. We have just launched a new software platform: Some of its key features include: Design and Cost Cakes & Bakes with an integrated Quote and Order management platform, and all the things in...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all! It's nearly mid-month, and time, once again, to reveal the latest and greatest new stencils in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line. If you're not familiar with my new line, designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , it launched around Thanksgiving, and you can read all about it here ! This month, I've got four (yes, four!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates), including our January Stencil of the Month. What's this about a Stencil of the Month, you ask? Great question! In...Read More...
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Clever Kitchen Gadgets for the Holidays!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
I've got a hot tip for some great stocking stuffers - all from our site affiliate, Monkey Business. This site is known for its ultra-clever designs for kitchen gadgets, just a small sampling of which is shown below. As with all of our Cookie Connection affiliates, whenever you purchase from any of the Monkey Business links in this post or elsewhere on this site (usually on the far right hand side), Cookie Connection receives a small referral fee used to offset the hosting charges for this...Read More...

New Site Affiliate Program - Flirty Aprons!

Forum: Suppliers
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our latest site affiliate program with Flirty Aprons! They make some wonderful colorful (and, yes, flirty) aprons and supply other handy kitchen gadgets as well! Every time you purchase through the link below, or other similar ones appearing in the "Sites that Support Us" area on the right side of our home page and Clips main page, Cookie Connection will receive a small referral fee. Those fees are critical to the ongoing...Read More...

Cyber Monday Deal on DoughEZ Rolling System - 20% Off!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I've got another great Cyber Monday deal for you, this time on the DoughEZ rolling system (mat and guides). Just access the DoughEZ site through the link below and use the coupon code "CYBERBAKING" (no quotes) at check-out to get 20% off. This offer is good for one day only - today, November 28, 2016! However, if you use the coupon code "juliausher" (no quotes) any other time of year, you'll get 10% off. Enjoy! Access the DoughEZ site here . While you're shopping, please also check...Read More...

Cyber Monday Sale on Julia's New Stencils - 20% Off!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm offering a fab Cyber Monday Sale on my new stencil line that runs from today (Saturday, November 26) through December 22, 2016! All stencils and stencil accessories in my new Prettier Plaques TM line (which you can read more about here ) are 20% off. Woo hoo! Just apply coupon code 112216 at check-out! And, remember, I'm also giving away $200 worth of my stencils in a giveaway that runs through December 6, 2016. To enter that giveaway, click here , and follow the instructions at...Read More...
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