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Hi, everyone! In an effort to encourage broad participation in our Practice Bakes Perfect cookie decorating challenges and to better tailor them to your needs, challenge host @Bakerloo Station and I have a few quick questions for you. We would greatly appreciate your input even if you've never heard of or participated in one of our challenges. To answer this quick nine-question survey, click here . Thanks in advance for your input!Read More...

Site Art Swap!

Julia M. Usher
In case you thought you were seeing double, you weren't! Yes, the site background and banner art has changed for the second time in one month, because we have not one, but two honored site artists in May! As a refresher, @Sandra Garvey's glorious work decked the site until today, and now we're featuring @Kim Damon's vibrant Mother's Day tea set, just in time to ring out our moms' special day. In the event that you were wondering why the art you now see on...Read More...
Last Reply By Kim Damon · First Unread Post

Say Congrats to Contributor Leoni Eckart, aka Laegwen!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I'm sure most of our site veterans are well aware, @Laegwen, known in real life as Leoni Eckart, has been an official Cookie Connection contributor for just over a year! She made her inaugural blog post on May 12, 2016, and has been posting her inspired cookie tutorials under the Get Inspired with Laegwen section of our blog ever since. Lucky us! Words really can't express how appreciative I am of Leoni's consistently high quality work and commitment to...Read More...
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Say Hello to Our May Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, you saw that right! We've got not just one, but TWO cookie artists who will be sharing our banner and backdrop in the month of May. You might call it a delicious double feature! As you'll soon see, both artists' site submissions* are bolder than bold, with super-saturated colors that will knock your socks off. Yet, their color palettes and themes are completely different. (Though, even with these differences, one could argue that they're a match made in heaven - after all, who wouldn't...Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

Mark Your Calendars for Our May Live Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Lucky us! In the month of May, we're continuing our live chat series with CookieCon 2017 instructors , and we've got another wonderful featured guest for you: Teri Lewis of @tweets...cookie connection (completely unrelated to this Cookie Connection, BTW)! Though I was first dazzled by Teri's signature sparkly cookies at the CookieCon premiere some three or four years ago, Teri's medium at CookieCon 2017 was chocolate! There, she explored how to make dimensional elements with both modeling...Read More...

How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
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

Adjusting Your Email Notifications

Julia M. Usher
We all have different email-reading tastes, so  Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences!    The site's default email notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
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...
Last Reply By Lupita Cárdenas · First Unread Post

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Away from Site for Personal Matters

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up! I will be out of town starting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 16, dealing with some personal matters, and will be unable to respond to most site matters during this time. I still aim to do the usual Saturday Spotlight , but no other site work during this time. Please have fun while I am gone, but please honor our posting guidelines too. (No posting of copied, uncredited copyrighted material, please!) Thank you.Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I regret that I won't be able to do a Spotlight this weekend. As you may or may not know, I have been doing all-day, non-stop stenciling demos at So Flo Cake & Candy Expo since Friday. And, with one more day still to go in the expo, I need to reserve my energy (and maximize sleep) for tomorrow. I hope you will understand! The Spotlight will resume on next Saturday, May 6. (Thanks for your patience.) In the meantime, I leave you with a few images of my stencil booth and...Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

Site Downtime on April 28, Tomorrow!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My site tech guys (Hoop.la/Social Strata) will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of ensuring and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for April 28, 2017, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During this maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection should be functioning normally for the vast majority of the...Read More...

Corn Syrup Survey - We Want Your Input!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, in prep for Liesbet Schietecatte's next Toolbox Talk , which is all about corn syrup and its use in royal icing, we're seeking your input on this super quick survey . Please fill it out and share the link - everyone, even non- Cookie Connection members, is welcome to take the survey! Thanks in advance! Again, here's that survey link !Read More...

Meet Our April Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Wow! Can it really almost be April? I've accomplished a small fraction of what I set out to do this year, and it's already one quarter of the way over. Yikes! I don't know how everyone here does all that they do?!! It's truly incredible to view the volume of wonderful work that so many of you produce, day in and day out. And our monthly site artists are no different - they continue to impress and delight with each of their monthly posts. If you have even a shadow of a doubt, just take a look...Read More...
Last Reply By Dulce Mundo de Yami · First Unread Post
Hi, all, just a quick heads up! I'm thrilled to be continuing our series of live chats and Cookier Close-up interviews this month with CookieCon 2017 instructor @Amy Clough'D 9, aka Amy Clough of Clough'D 9 (pronounced "cloud nine") Cookies ! Amy is a three-time CookieCon veteran, who's amassed numerous Sugar Show awards, including one for an amazingly lifelike frog, shown here ! At this year's CookieCon, the subject of her lessons was adding texture to cookies using...Read More...

Upcoming Cookie Connection Posting Schedule

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just an FYI: I will be out of town next weekend and also the following weekend for Easter. That being said, there will be no Spotlight next weekend (April 8/9), but I will try to resume on Easter Sunday when I return from my trip. (If I don't, you'll know I decided to take the holiday completely off! ) Also, the next Practice Bakes Perfect challenge is still targeted to post on April 8 (or 9, depending on my travel schedule), and a wonderful Cookier Close-up should post before then...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

A Bittersweet Goodbye and Happy Hello!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I'm not sure if you've had an opportunity to catch @Dolce Sentire's recent tutorial ( here ), but I encourage you to do so for at least a couple of reasons. First, it's a great tutorial, as always. But, second (and this is where the "bitter" part of "bittersweet" comes in), she reveals in it that she'll be leaving her position of site contributor, effective immediately. The "sweet" part is: she's got lots of other great cookie opportunities awaiting her! While I'm...Read More...
Last Reply By swissophie · First Unread Post

Live Chat on Saturday, March 25 with Dany Lind

Julia M. Usher
If you weren't fortunate enough to hang with Dany at CookieCon last weekend, well, you're in luck - we're hosting her for a live chat this coming Saturday! Please mark your calendars. And, if you can't make the chat, please hop on over to her chat room and enter any advance questions now. Dany will answer all advance and live questions during live chat time. Thanks! Hope to "see" you there! P.S. And here's that link to Dany's chat room again: http://cookieconnection.juliau...lind-of-dany-s-cakesRead More...

Saturday Spotlight Update

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads up that it's taking me longer than envisioned to write the CookieCon 2017 Sugar Show recap, the subject of this week's Spotlight. (There were lots of awards categories, and thus there are lots of great photos to load!) It's unlikely I will finish it tonight, so stay tuned for a release later this weekend.Read More...

Mark Your Calendars for Our March Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! Mark your calendars for our next live chat on March 25. Over the course of the next few to several months, I'll be chatting (and conducting Cookier Close-up interviews) with all of the CookieCon 2017 instructors with whom I've never done these things before! First up, is the lovely Dany Lind of Dany's Cakes (and cookies!) in the Lewiston/Auburn area of Maine, USA. In this chat, we'll explore Dany's distinctive piped, dimensional cookie work and get the lowdown on her experience as...Read More...

Introducing Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
March conjures up many varied images for me, ranging from raucous leprechauns and blustery winds to softer, gentler harbingers of spring, such as the season's first birdsongs and the muted pinks and greens of hellebores peeking up through my forgotten fall leaves. This month's site art certainly falls more towards the latter end of that spectrum (my personal preference, BTW) with its barely-there spring-y hues and graceful scrolls and brush embroidery . . . And who, pray tell, is the...Read More...
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Saturday Spotlight on Sunday

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! This week's Saturday Spotlight will post sometime tomorrow (Sunday) night. So sorry, but I just need some sleep. After being away for nearly two weeks, I've found re-entry into real life/work a bit rough! Thanks for your patience!Read More...

You'll Love Our February Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
As Charles M. Schulz once said, " All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Of course, the same can be said of cookies too, especially cookies as wondrous as the love-inducing sets gracing our banner and backdrop throughout this Valentine month! I guarantee you'll fall head over heels as soon as you see them! And I do mean "sets", plural! We're super fortunate to have not one, but two site contributions for February, which will be taking turns in the spotlight.Read More...
Last Reply By Kim Damon · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone! Instead of our usual Saturday Spotlight this week, I've posted something super special - the results of our annual Cookiers' Choice Awards ! Woo hoo! See who won here ! Also, a few words on upcoming Spotlight s. I'll be out of the country teaching from February 13 to February 25, and my teaching days fall on Saturdays. Since my teaching days are typically super looooooong, I regret that I have to skip the Spotlight on February 18. I hope to resume it on February 25, depending...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Congrats to Our First "Cookie Queen", Plus New Badges Area!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! Congrats to @Teri Pringle Wood for being our first member to surpass 100,000 activity points and to achieve "Cookie Queen" status on our site! As a reminder, activity points are accumulated by participating in the site in various ways - posting photos; contributing blog posts, forum topics, and surveys; commenting on content; having others comment on your content; and so on. And our activity levels, which range from "Nibbler" to "Cookie Queen", are a way to recognize...Read More...
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Don't Mind Us - Messing with Site Background!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! If you're wondering why our site background doesn't match the banner, don't fret. My site tech guru is playing around with some coding of the site to hopefully allow the backgrounds to automatically scale to the size of one's monitor - and to save me time editing and resizing backgrounds to optimize their display on the site. He'll be working on this issue for much of tonight and possibly into tomorrow, so please be patient as we work through these details. Order will hopefully be...Read More...

New "Packaged Cookies" Clip Set

Julia M. Usher
In response to @Cookie Me This ~ Heidi's input during my recent site feedback chat (read the recap here ), I've decided to add a new clip set for posting packaged cookies called just that - "Packaged Cookies". Basically, it is our new place for locating all creative packaging ideas - be they cookies in bags, boxes, or some never-before-seen container. Please also remember to tag any packaged cookies accordingly, i.e., with something like "cookie packaging" or "packaged cookies".Read More...

Spotlight to Resume Next Week

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all. My apologies, the Spotlight will resume next week. In light of the week's events here in the US and my prep for the Cookiers' Choice Awards finalist announcement (!!), I need a little break. UPDATE: Actually, our "normal" Top 10 Spotlight s will resume the week after next, as next week's Spotlight is Bakerloo Station's recap of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #20!Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Heads Up! Please Fill Out Our Vanilla Survey!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! In anticipation of Liesbet Schietecatte's next Toolbox Talk , which is all about vanilla flavoring (and primarily that which you use in your cookie dough ), @Liesbet and I would like to ask you about the types and brands of vanilla flavoring that you prefer to use. To that end, I've put together a short survey (only 15 multiple choice questions) that should go very fast! Please fill out the survey here . Thanks in advance for your participation! P.S. Not...Read More...
Last Reply By Teri Pringle Wood · First Unread Post

Two Live Chats - Coming Soon!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! One reminder, and an announcement! First, don't forget: I'll be live-chatting with interested Cookie Connection members on Sunday, January 15 at 10 am CT. The topic is site feedback and goal- and priority-setting for 2017. My chat room is now open to receive advance questions (if you can't make it); otherwise I hope to "see" you there for this very important planning session. Second, that announcement - and it's a good one, folks! Our Rising Star Chat Series , which features...Read More...
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Winner of JORD Timeless Timepiece Giveaway Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My JORD wood watch giveaway concluded last night! Thanks to all who so eagerly participated. We had a whopping 4,160 entries! Now, for the info you've all been waiting for - that one lucky winner! The random number generator has spoken, and that winner is . . . entry #1057, Wendy Scoates! Wendy, I've already contacted you via your entry email with information about how to redeem your prize, directly with the good folks at JORD. Please let me know if you have any questions. I know...Read More...
Last Reply By Teresa Pękul · First Unread Post

Site Software Update on Thursday, January 12

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! On Thursday, January 12, 2017, my site guys (Hoop.la) will be releasing a software update to Cookie Connection . This update will necessitate up to 10 minutes of downtime. The update will be released between the hours of 11:00 am and 8:00 pm ET, and the downtime is anticipated sometime during this period, though I cannot tell you exactly when. There is no need to report downtime during this period, as it is completely expected. Thank you.Read More...

Happy 2017! 10,000 Members and Growing!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Happy New Year! Just a quick update to let you know that we surpassed the 10,000 member mark sometime in the last 24 hours or so! And while December is always our busiest month on Cookie Connection , month-to-month activity (views, audio and video pulls, etc.) jumped 38% last month, which is the single biggest increase in month-to-month activity that the site has experienced in the last three years! That all said, 2017 is off to an auspicious start, thanks to all of your wonderful...Read More...
Last Reply By Teri Pringle Wood · First Unread Post
Well, folks, you should know her already . . . because that site artist is me! I had a dearth of member contributions for the month of January , and so I took the easy way out and posted a recent image of some cookies that use my new Prettier Plaques TM "Peace" set. Plus, "peace" seemed to be a wonderful message for ringing in 2017! Basically, both the banner and backdrop use the same image, just cropped and scaled differently: I also decided to depart from our usual small-scale tiled...Read More...
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