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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 Perfec t 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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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...
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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...
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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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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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My stencil partner, Confection Couture Stencils , is holding a sale (15% off) on all Valentine's stencils on their site, including mine. The offer is good through Monday, February 5. Please see the coupon code and details in the image. And start shopping here: www.confectioncouturestencils.com ! Please direct any sale or ordering questions to service@confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Kimberlie
I want to use chocolate chip cookies on a platter as a filler. I’ve never made my own till now. Go figure! I’ve tried recipes and all of them flatten. I’m looking for one that will stay puffed up and not spread too much and have a nice golden top on it. For those of you in the States, I would compare it to a Sam’s Club chocolate chip cookie. I’m not great with the science of baking, so if anyone here could share a recipe with me, I would be very grateful.Read More...
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Where to Purchase Meringue Powder in Bulk?

Forum: Suppliers
Sherrie
Does anyone know where I can purchase bulk meringue powder? I am down to my last pound of Henry & Henry meringue powder. (I found out about Henry & Henry from Sugarbelle's blog.) I had purchased 15 pounds of it. I have searched and searched the Internet and cannot locate the 15 pound box of Henry & Henry meringue powder. I ended up purchasing two (1 pound) bags of CK meringue powder. Does anyone else purchase their meringue powder in bulk? f so, where do you purchase it and what...Read More...
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New YouTube "Kookievision" Channel

Forum: Videos
Sweethart Baking Experiment
Hey guys, So - I started a channel on YouTube for my cookie decorating videos. It started out as a Facebook live stream in my cookie decorating workspace once or twice per week, but then construction started on our street and it was so damn loud to do live videos, so I started to create edited videos of individual cookie decorating and condensing them down to one minute (so I could share on Instagram) but then I thought . . . why not create a channel on YouTube for them, make them a bit...Read More...
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Confection Couture Christmas Stencil Sale - HUGE SAVINGS!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! The above graphic pretty much says it all! My stencil partner Confection Couture Stencils is hosting a sale, where all Christmas-themed stencils on the site, including my Prettier Plaques TM , are 30% off! Here's a direct link to the Christmas stencils so you can get shopping! Stencils make great stocking stuffers, you know! Don't delay! Sale ends on December 11, 2017 at midnight. Thanks in advance for your support. P.S. If the discount does not automatically get applied at...Read More...

New Holiday Craftsy Course with Stephanie Kappel

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just noticed a "new" Craftsy course with @Stephanie Kappel that comes just in time for Christmas, as it's all about gingerbread houses! One of my favorite holiday things! Knowing the quality of Stephanie's work, I am sure it is bound to be a great course, so please check it out here . Please also remember that, if you purchase it via a link on this site (either the pink one above or in one of the righthand photo sidebars on our home page, or "Clips" or "Blog" pages),...Read More...

Cyber Monday Sale on Select Julia Usher Stencils!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! I've got some great Cyber Monday deals for you! My partner Confection Couture Stencils (aka Stencil Ease) is offering 30% off select Julia Usher and Confection Couture cookie stencils through Sunday, December 3 . Click here to see what's on sale, or look under the "Cyber Monday" tab in the upper right on the Confection Couture Stencils ' site . The 30% discount will be automatically applied when you select any of the items under this tab and add them to your cart. No coupon code is...Read More...
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Washing Silicone Rolling Mat in Dishwasher

Forum: Tools
Joanna (Cookie Mojo)
Hi, folks! I use a rolling mat like this one https://www.amazon.ca/Norpro-S...asures/dp/B00112499E to roll out my cookies, which I LOVE, but cleaning it afterward is kind of a pain because it is so big. It can be washed in the dishwasher, but I've never figured out how to load it so that it gets clean. Does anyone else use one, and if so do you wash in the dishwasher and how do you load it?Read More...
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Red Metallic Dragees?

Forum: Suppliers
Joanna (Cookie Mojo)
Hi, folks! I've seen some pictures of cookies and cakes online with red metallic dragees on them, but I can't seem to find them anywhere to purchase. My usual suppliers up here in Toronto say they can't get them in that colour . . . not even in pearl, never mind metallic. Just plain red. Has anyone ever seen them?Read More...
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Dehydrator Pros and Cons

Forum: Tools
The Cookie Cart
Question: Thoughts on dehydrators. I hear they help keep a good shine on the cookie . . . They set the icing quickly and better for shipping . . .they seal the cookie. I've also heard, they dry out the cookie (so adjustments are to be made to recipe). I'm looking into getting one, but figured I'd get the most honest and educated answers here. Do they make that much of a difference? I value your comments.Read More...
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New Electric Wall Oven Recommendations

Forum: Tools
Sherrie
I would love to get opinions regarding the purchase of a new electric wall oven (with microwave). My wall oven is on its last leg. It is about 50 degrees off. I have to bake sugar cookies for 16 minutes at 350 degrees (the recipe says bake 6 to 8 minutes). I also have a gas oven but I don't like how it bakes cookies (I only use it for baking other foods). I would love any advice regarding the brand of electric wall oven I should consider purchasing. Thank you.Read More...
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Two-Hour Cookie Decorating Class

Sweethart Baking Experiment
Hey guys! So I've been decorating sugar cookies for about three years now, but I have never actually taught anyone before. My local Makers Mercantile has asked me to do a small 2 hour class sometime near Valentines Day - nothing crazy, but just to give people a small opportunity to play with cookies and do what I do for a few hours. Obviously there would be no flooding or anything that takes a long time to dry. I thought I could bring some pre-flooded heart shaped cookies, and let people do...Read More...
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NEW Craftsy Class with Stephanie Kappel

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I wanted to alert you to a new Craftsy class by @Stephanie Kappel of Hungry Hippopotamus. I haven't viewed her class yet, but it seems to cover - in great detail - writing with royal icing (every cookie decorator's nemesis), along with many other things! I've also seen her work in person, and it is stunning, so I imagine her classwork in this course is no less. I encourage you to check out Stephanie's new class via this link , or via any of the links you see in the...Read More...
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Royal Icing Not Setting

Homemade for Heroes
I'm following a fast-setting royal icing (RI) recipe. First time was great! Last three were disasters. It's shiny and opaque, so I thought I didn't clean well enough. Today, the fourth attempt, it won't mix past a four-second consistency. I've followed the recipe to a tee. Setting timers and everything. It's heavy to stir, not like you'd expect a four-second constency to be. I have researched here and followed cleaning instructions. Have carefully washed all utensils, and today used a RI...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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