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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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Quick & Easy Rectangle Cookies

GeminiRJ
I recently needed to make some rectangle cookies but I did not have the correct size of cutter. I also did not want to hand cut them! So I had an "ah ha" moment that is very obvious and one that most of you probably already figured out. But I decided to post it just in case. I needed to make 1.5" x 2.5" cookies that I would then ice and place a chocolate plaque on top. I made a 1.5" x 11" template (I recycle the plastic fronts of my husband's holiday booze sets for templates...they work...Read More...
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Food Coloring for Rubber-Stamping

Gingerland
Hello, everyone, I need some advice regarding what food coloring to use for rubber-stamping. I just started to experiment with clear stamps; they are working fine, but the color I use never seems to dry. Even after one day, they are still smudgy. Until now, I was using gel colors (different brands) with the same result. I also tried liquid colors too, but they did not work well. Should I try airbrush colors? Are they drying quicker? I was wondering what kind you guys are using to dry...Read More...
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Cleaning the Schmutz Off Isomalt?

(This question is not about cleaning isomalt off of things -- I find that soaking my pan and spoon in hot water and soap takes care of that quickly.) My question is: if you need to clean fingerprints or smudges of royal icing or smears of color off of isomalt, how do you do it? I am dealing with pieces of isomalt that are pretty small and I could not use (even if I had one) a propane torch on them, as I have seen suggested. I'm loathe to use water, even with isomalt's low/non-hygroscopic...Read More...
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Egg Glaze

Hello, I made some Christmas baubles for friends and family this year. I have decided to try using Julia's recipe for egg glaze rather than royal icing because I wanted the baubles to look shiny. All seem to go well except the glazed baubles felt greasy! I wiped off the grease with kitchen paper several times before decorating. But the finished product looks more waxy than shiny! Has anyone else tried egg glaze? Did they turn out greasy?Read More...
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Primer for Fondant?

Hello , I was wondering if there is any substance that could be used as a primer on sugar paste or fondant, so when I print on it the color will stay original without bleeding inside it or getting darker when being refrigerated or left in room temp? Would appreciate any advice on the matter. Thank youRead More...
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Bagging Cookies with Edible Papers

Hi, I make a shortbread cookie. I then ice it with royal icing and let it dry overnight. I apply the edible image using either Crisco, or piping gel. Around the edges I use either light corn syrup or piping gel to add the sprinkles. I let that dry overnight before putting them in a sealed bag. My problem: a few days after bagging, the cookies start to look wet. Almost as if I didn't let them dry enough (overnight I thought was long enough). I have attached a photo to show you what is...Read More...
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I want to make my own cookie stencils. Do you think I need to buy the latest model or can I get away with one of the older models used? I would love to save some money and get a used one. I have seen some on Ebay and even Craigslist. My main goal is making cookie stencils. I want to upload my own images. What model do you have? Suggestions appreciated.Read More...
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Metallic Paint on Royal Icing Transfers

i have some metallic food paint that I want to paint my transfer with before I place it in the wet royal icing on my cookie. Has anyone tried this? I am curious if the metallic paint will bleed into the wet foundation. I thought it might be easier than painting so many after they are on the cookie and trying to stay in the lines.Read More...
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Hi, there! I’m a hobbyist baker admittedly lacking a thorough understanding of the science behind recipes so have a question: I’m attempting a fairly large scale 3-D project and was originally planning it with gingerbread (Julia’s recipe via http://cookieconnection.juliau...t-cookie-gingerbread ) but my pieces are drooping and ultimately breaking. My previous 3-D project with it produced a similar result, although more manageable as the piece was smaller. With that one I found being kept in...Read More...
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Royal Icing on Top of Edible Paper

Blondie's Sweet Shop
I have used edible paper many times in the past, but have never decorated on top of the paper before. Will icing bleed through or cause the paper to deteriorate if you you pipe royal icing detail directly on top of the papers after they are placed on the cookies? I would like to try this to create dimension on logo cookies, but I don't want to ruin them. Any tips for this would be greatly appreciated, thank you!Read More...
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Transferring Images onto Cookies

Cookie Bakes & Cakes
I don't have a Kopykake, and I am for some reason having a terrible time trying to download the Camera Lucida app. Can anyone out there help a NEWBIE? I have tried to trace onto tissue and then bleed the design (this is not working). I was wondering how everybody else transfers an image? Please help . . .Read More...
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Images Turning Green Over Time

Can anyone speak to why printed images on fondant turn a green color after a week? I am placing them on royal frosting with thinned corn syrup. Would placing the image on a thin layer of fondant be better? Is the corn syrup the problem? Or . . . is the changing of colors just something that happens over time?Read More...
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Weekly Cookie Themes?

LouisXIV
I have been baking cookies for my bridge club every week. I often make card-themed cookies (the four suits of playing cards), but I also make cookies related to the closest relevant holiday. Does anyone have any ideas about a source for themes for cookies for every week? The big holidays are obvious, but in those months (like August) where there are no major holidays, I don't necessarily have good ideas for what to bake.Read More...
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