If you're new to the site, this is a great forum to review before you post. Setting up your member profile and posting to the site are handled pretty thoroughly in our Site FAQ, here. But you'll find plenty of other startup questions (like how to change email notifications, how to credit sources, etc.) answered here as well.
You can always email us with suggestions for site enhancements; ideas for new blog, clip, or forum categories; requests for live chats; or feedback of any ilk. But it's generally a better idea to post those ideas here, along with a survey to the Surveys area, to see if others agree or disagree with your suggestion! The more information we have about interest in a new feature or chat, the more likely we are to implement it! Positive feedback is welcome here too!
Kopykake has been a great addition to cookiers' tool kits, but there are other ways to project and trace images too. This is the spot to talk about the various options, their pros and cons, and other nuances.
What the heck is the difference between wafer paper and frosting sheets? Where can you get pre-printed papers, and how can you print your own? These are just some of the topics that are fair game in this forum!
Looking for tips to help hone your handpainted cookies? Whether your preferred paint is thinned icing, food coloring, or decorative powders extended with alcohol or extract, this is the place to seek and give painting pointers.
Want to give your cookies a lift - literally?! Here's the place to share the ins and outs of getting cookies to stand up and into other 3-D shapes. This is an especially good place to post questions related to gingerbread houses and other gingerbread constructions.
Oh, we've all had our fair share of icing issues, right? Here's the place to share tips for eradicating air bubbles, avoiding nasty craters, getting the right consistency, and eliminating other types of icing strife!
A term that Julia likes to think she's coined (though probably hasn't), "cookie-scaping" explores the art of larger scale tabletop and architectural presentations. Hear about others' latest cookie-scaping adventures (or mishaps) and reveal your own.
There's a ton to understand about launching a cookie business - cottage law, local licensing and permitting, copyright law, Department of Health build-out requirements and regulations . . . the list goes on and on. Help others cut through this clutter here.
That is the question! Granted, your place of business is only one decision that you'll need to make when starting out, but it's such an important one that we thought it deserved its own special forum. Don't forget: location, location, location!
Etsy is just one of many ways to market and sell your cookies, but it's become an increasingly influential one in recent years. Ask other Etsy users their best advice for getting the most out of this platform.
Confused about whether you can legally make character cookies? what hoops you need to jump through to protect your business name or cookie designs? the licenses needed to operate a legit cookie business? All such questions are fair game in this forum. Disclaimer: We don't profess to be lawyers here, only good conversation starters!
Packaging and shipping can be time-consuming parts of the cookie business; yet the overall eye appeal of your cookies can have a HUGE impact. Talk about lessons learned in getting cookies neatly tied up and out the door!
The work doesn't end after the start-up is over! Every veteran bakery owner will tell you that expanding a cookie business presents its own unique growing pains. Chat here about best and worst practices for taking your business to the next level.
Looking for a cookie decorating class in your area? Or traveling and hoping to take a class in your destination city? Ask here. If you're teaching or hosting a class, your class announcements are also welcome in this forum and on our online calendar.
Looking for a cookie decorator in your area to make something special for your next event, or to help you with an order you need to fill? Post your inquiries here! (Note: If you're a Cookie Connection member, you can also download our Decorator Directory here or search our member directory to find members in your area who sell cookies. For more member search tips, check out this forum topic.)
Know of a great sale, or of an awesome cookie cutter, wafer paper, or other cookie decorating supplier? Or don't, but need to find a particular item or brand in your area to complete your project? It's time to chat.
Dying to know members' favorite sources of anything that we missed? or approaches to specific aspects of cooking decorating? This is a catch-all category for firing off questions of the "What's your favorite . . . ?" sort!
If you're a new member, this is the place to introduce yourself to the rest of us! Tell us about your involvement in the cookie world and the other things that move you. We'd love to get to know you better!
A place to swap casual cookie stories, like what, if anything, you listen to while decorating? How you handle cookie decorating on top of normal life? How you get into the cookie zone? And so on. Or just a place to say hi!
If you know of Cookie Connection members who have hit the big time, but are too shy to tell us, please let us know. We want to hear about their upcoming classes, articles published, and other successes to help us in planning our Cookier Close-ups featured on the blog - and just cuz it's nice to stop and celebrate every so often! P.S. These cookiers can also be you!
Got an unidentifiable cookie cutter that needs deciphering? Or just want to challenge members for the fun of it? Post your mystery cutter here and see what we all come up with! To keep this space organized, please start a new thread (aka topic) for each new mystery shape. Simply upload a few pictures of said cutter or shape from a few different angles and post!
Here on December 28 shortly after 5 pm central time, all finalists in our 2013 Christmas Countdown Challenge will be posted, and the final popular vote to determine the top three winners will open. Voting will continue through January 4, 2014, 5 pm central, after which time the winners will be announced in our weekly Saturday Spotlight on the blog. Until then, this forum will be closed to comments.
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