Members In The News

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!

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July Live Chat - You Won't Want to Miss Our Superstar Guest!

Julia M. Usher
Hang onto your pastry bags, Cookie Connection members! We've got a world-class sugar artist and educator as our featured guest in our upcoming July chat! (Aside: I'm still working on scheduling our June chat, and will keep you posted if it should materialize.) Wondering who our July chatter might be? Here are some hints . . . he comes from the UK, but now lives in Georgia, USA; he first rose to stardom, at a very young age, because of his fabulous cakes and sugar flowers; he's made sweets...Read More...
Last Reply By Chu-A-Cookie · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our Harbinger of Summer, Our June Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Summer hasn't yet fully arrived here in Missouri - on one day, the thermostat might trick you into thinking it has, and then, on the very next day, it plummets to brisk spring-like temperatures, usually accompanied by lots of rain. Well, I'm ready for brighter, warmer days every day (and not for sun-bathing, but to help my cookies dry faster!), so I'm going to will the new season to arrive (at least in my mind) by plastering this site with super summery artwork this month: Isn't our June...Read More...
Last Reply By Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. · 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...
Last Reply By Faby Amor · First Unread Post

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...

Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
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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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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Feature in Torty od Mamy

Julia M. Usher
Hi, just a little news from my neck of the woods . . . I am proud to have been featured today in the March 2017 issue of the leading cake/sweets decorating magazine in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Torty od Mamy . My feature consists of a three-page spread, where I answer 14 questions about my background in and approach to cookie decorating. The issue is now available for sale here , and below is an excerpt. If you don't speak Czech or Slovak, no worries - I've attached my original...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Daily Deviation on Deviantart

Incantata
Very excited and pleased I received Daily Deviation on deviantart in category Artisan Crafts / Culinary Arts / Desserts for our " a premonition of spring" cookies . Wow! I have received more 20 DD's in my life, but like traditional and digital illustrator and this is always great honor for all artists in the world. But today is absolutely special DD! Because we with my mom are not professional cookies decorators, just hobbyists! And for this reason this fact is so significant for us! So...Read More...
Last Reply By Incantata · First Unread Post
FYI - Here's an interesting article about the allure of cookie decorating, especially online. I was interviewed last week for this piece, and am thrilled to see so many other cookie decorators' contributions to it - in the form of photos, videos, and sound bites. Enjoy - it's a great read and testament to the passion we all bring to our shared love of cookie decorating. Read article here .Read More...
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Cookiers Rock the Sugar Arts World at the EAG Awards!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! The winners of the Edible Artists Global (EAG) Awards were announced just two hours ago, and I am completely floored by the news! While I'm certainly honored to have been recognized, I am mostly thrilled that cookies have taken center stage, alongside cakes, in the world of sugar arts. Congrats to fellow cookiers @Creative Cookier and @The Cookie Lab - Bolachas decoradas arte (aka Marta Torres) for their industry-shattering work! And to all of the other amazing sugar artists who...Read More...
Last Reply By Adriana Lora (Antali Cookies) · First Unread Post

TASTE AWARDS - I Would Love Your Help!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I mentioned a few days ago on Facebook, I am up for a few video awards in the TASTE AWARDS program. In two of the categories, the winner is determined by popular vote. If you like what I do, please consider voting for me for Best Food Program (Online) and Best Instructional Video Series (Categories 3 and 13 in the link). Thanks so much in advance! Online voting is open until December 20: http://www.thetasteawards.com/...annual-taste-awards/Read More...
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Edible Artists Global Awards - Nominees Announced!

Julia M. Usher
The Edible Artists Global Awards (EAGA) nominees were announced last week, and they include five people in our local cookie community! Cookie Connection contributor Aixa Zunino (aka @Dolce Sentire), Sandra Amaral (aka @My Sweet Art), and Marta Torres (aka @The Cookie Lab - Bolachas decoradas arte) are among the nominees in the Royal Icing category; Ginny Levack (aka @Creative Cookier) is up for Most Innovative Product for her Stencil Genie; and I have been...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Not sure if you caught this online, but over the last 24 hours, Cake Masters Magazine has been posting its awards finalists - VERY, VERY slowly, category by category. So slowly, in fact, that they still have not announced the cookie finalists, nearly 24 hours later. I trust that announcement will come later today, so if you want to follow the action live over the course of today, you can do so here on their Facebook event page . Later this evening (If they've posted the results by...Read More...
Last Reply By Ahimsa Custom Cakes · First Unread Post

Featured on FoodyDirect!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, I am pleased to announce that I was featured yesterday as part of FoodyDirect 's new expert interview series. Cookie Connection got some great exposure as well! Read it all here ! FoodyDirect's primary business is serving as an online marketplace that brings food from some of the country's best restaurants and artisan purveyors directly to your door. For example, Ming Tsai, of the acclaimed Blue Ginger in Massachusetts, is now offering two of his restaurant favorites through this...Read More...
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Dolce Sentire Tutorial Featured in Cake Masters Magazine

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! A huge congrats to site contributor Dolce Sentire (aka Aixa Zunino) for having one of her amazing tutorials featured in Cake Masters Magazine this month. In it, she shows how to make this lovely lavender cookie using stenciling, stamping, painting, and aging techniques. To purchase the tutorial (and the entire issue, for that matter), just jump on over to the Cake Masters site by clicking here . Congrats again, Aixa!Read More...
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Food Network Magazine Features Cookiers Across the USA

Julia M. Usher
If you haven't yet picked up the latest Food Network Magazine (the December 2015 issue, pictured below), you might just want to do so! Apparently back in August, a Food Network editor challenged cookie decorators across the country to decorate Christmas cookies inspired by their home states, and the result was a festive seven-page cookie spread published just last week. Sneak peek, below! What's even cooler is that this feature showcased several Cookie Connection members, including...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookies From Home · First Unread Post
Hi, all, just a heads-up: my online 3-D cookie decorating course with eduK is now open for registration. Over three days from July 27 to 29, I will be demonstrating six new 3-D cookie projects. (The teaser below shows glimpses of three of them in various stages of completion.) The course will be live-streamed from 2 pm to 5 pm ( São Paulo, Brazil time) on each day for free; it will be re-run once again, for free, one hour after the first live-streaming is over. After both free viewing...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Julia's Video Featured on Right This Minute

Julia M. Usher
Very fun! Today, my latest cast sugar egg video was featured on Right This Minute, The Viral Videos Show . Here's hoping that the show lives up to its name and my video now goes viral.   (It certainly didn't when I first posted it to YouTube...Read More...

Julia's Tutorials Among First to Premiere on Vessel!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo - exciting news! My channel Recipes for a Sweet Life is premiering on Vessel today! It's one of just a hundred or so across the web that were hand-selected to be on this new video platform. And as a launch gift, Vessel is offering ONE YEAR FREE! #FirstonVessel Just sign up through this link for your free early access pass: https://www.vessel.com/channels/recipesforasweetlife MORE INFO: What's Vessel? It's a low-priced ($2.99 USD per month) subscription service that provides early...Read More...
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