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Introducing Our December Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
I honestly can't believe that another year on Cookie Connection has come and nearly gone. Whoosh! (BTW, that's the sound of time flying! ) Although too short, 2017 has been unbelievably picturesque, because of the glorious site banners and backdrops that so many of you have contributed over the months. Thanks to all of our 2017 featured site artists! Without your generous donations of time and talent, our site would never have been so colorful and dynamic. If your cookies didn't hit our...Read More...
Last Reply By Tina at Sugar Wishes · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As you probably know by now, Food Network is airing a series of seven Christmas Cookie Challenges this holiday season, all with a keen focus on our passion - cookie decorating! You can see the entire first episode, called Christmas Family Fun , here, along with upcoming airtimes of this episode and the others. As if this wasn't exciting enough, at least five Cookie Connection members have competed in these challenges, and we've got the rare opportunity to talk with all of them about...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...

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

Adjusting Your Email Notifications and Onsite Alerts

Julia M. Usher
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...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

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

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primer

hello , i was wondering if there is any substence that could be used as a primer on a sugar paste or fondant so when i print on it the color will stay original without bleeding inside it or get darker when being refregireted or left in room temp? would appreciate any advice on the matter. thank you :)Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Photos

What is the best way you guys have learned to take photos of your cookies? Your phone? a camera? How do you decide backgrounds and layouts? I feel like I am not doing my cookies justice, because my photos just look so lackluster... TIA!Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

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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Altitude Effects on Cookies and Icing

Homemade for Heroes
Hi. I'm visiting my mom, and she asked that I make some cookies for her benifit auction tonight and tomorrow night. These are epic fails. I'm in Mexico working with gas appliances, which I'm not used to. Cookies browned a lot more than I like. She's never heard of a silpat. So we used parchment paper on aluminum sheets. Oven temperature is correct. Royal icing looked great. Colored well. 15-second consistency seemed very thick. I went with 8-second. Still had separation between colors. We...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Design Tips Wanted :)

Prue's Bikkies & Cakes
Hi, cookiers, I was wondering if anyone would be happy to share a little informaton about their design process? I find I procrastinate putting a large set together, as I often decorate as I go, and am a little scared to start sometimes in case I dont like the design I do. I am sure there's a better way! Do you tend to sketch first and come up with the full design before you start, or do you finalise the small details as you go? For small sets (i.e., set of 3), I tend to have a plan, but for...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Can You Freeze Cookies Decorated with Luster Dust?

The Bookworm Bakery
Hi! I have successfully frozen fully decorated cookies before, but never with luster dust. Specifically, I am painting polka dots on these cookies using Rolkem Gold/Bacardi 151 and a paintbrush (on dried royal icing). I'm worried the freezing/thawing process could somehow affect (smudge, maybe?) the gold polka dots. Has anyone done this? Thanks!Read More...
Last Reply By BAKRGAL aka Barb Florin · First Unread Post

Freezing/Storing Large Volume

Homemade for Heroes
Hi all, I bake for the military in my spare time. I have a friend who helps and we crank out the cookies. Right now we are getting 2500 Easter cookies ready for an AF (air force) base in TX. My question is: is it ok to freeze after baking and again after decorating? Does this affect how long the cookies will be fresh? I ship flat rate, and it's usually 3 days, but I'd like to ship overseas and that can take 8-21 days. Doing large volume as we do, it kills us to do 4 days of 8-12 hour...Read More...
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Ugly Fat Flowers - Help!

loco_meow
No matter what tip I use to make flowers, they do not come out crisp. Not sure how to describe it, but the thin part of the tip "puffs" up to the same thickness as the larger opening part of the tip. I have tried with what I thought was stiff consistency, but still had no luck. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong?Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Bodeman Widga · First Unread Post

Putting Royal Icing Transfers on Dark Wet Icing

Deena
Hi! I do a lot of royal icing (RI) transfers and then put them on a wet flooding icing. I let the RI transfers dry completely. I have been having problems when I'm doing a lighter color on a darker flood icing. It will "bleed" through. I've tried to wait a few minutes after applying the wet icing to let them set a bit, but not working. I even had a problem with this one attached and it was a darker transfer on a light orange wet. Over the day, the orange started bleeding through the blue as...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

How to Make Airplane Cookies

Michaela Dodge
My daughter asked me to make these for her husband who just graduated from aviation college. How would I make the airplane? Can anyone give me a tutorial or tell me how? [EDITOR'S NOTE: The image in question has been deleted, as we don't allow the posting of others' images, for any reason, without permission. If you want advice about a cookie image in the future, please just link off to it. Thanks!]Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

How to Get Started with Cookie Designs?

Ms. K
I hope I'm in the right forum? Forgive me if I'm not. I am so new to this entire cookie thing. Okay, a little confession . . . I look at these beautiful cookies and my heart leaps and says "you can do it" lol! My brain says "WHERE DO I START?" Designs, patterns . . . how do I get started? There has to be a guideline from which all these beautiful creations are gathered, so please share?? I want to create these beautiful artistic cookies.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Using Royal Icing to Make an Imprint on a Raw Cookie

Ms. K
Hello, I recently was watching videos on stenciling and imprinting on cookies, and I came across a video that showed royal icing being used to trace the dry and be used as an imprint on raw cookies before they are baked. Of course now it is nowhere to be found! LOL, can anyone help me? I would love to try it. Thank you very much for your help!!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

How to Make Feathers?

Baby Gabey Cookies
Hi, friends. My cookie project for this coming week is swans and swan masks. I want to add some fun dimension to the cookies in the form of feathers, but being somewhat of a novice in cookie design, I don't know how best to achieve this. I would love any suggestions, links to tutorials, or helpful techniques. I am eager to learn. Thank you.Read More...
Last Reply By Magadiuz · First Unread Post

Weird Colour Request - Ideas Appreciated!

Cariteacher
I have a strange order!! Mason jars, army green on the bottom, fading up into lavender at the top!! Oy. Any thoughts about how to achieve this? I'm not sure if I should just do RI and somehow "paint" the middle section where the two colours meet, or if I should use my airbrush, or a combination of the two. Help! Thanks, CariRead More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Lettering Help - Transfer vs. Direct Piping?

Hi, fellow cookiers! Just wanted some advice on how to approach these cookies (*see inspiration picture attached and below; can't find original source). Should I make transfers of the red and attach to the blue then outline with white, or pipe the red and white directly onto the cookies? Worried about the strong colours bleeding. Has anyone made something similar with tips you can offer? I really want the colours staying clean! Cheers, KimRead More...
Last Reply By Sil Quiroga *Ricas Cookies* · First Unread Post

Sugar Diamonds MELTED?!

I made sugar diamonds yesterday with sugar/corn syrup, heated to 290 degrees, they turned out great. Plopped them on a wet royal-iced cookie. Looked fine. Got up this morning and there are little puddles of goo around the stones, like the candy liquefied! Will it harden back up?? Or do I need to start over?? Oh Lord, 2 dozen due tomorrow, ughhhh HELP!!!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Monogramming on a Quilted Cookie?

Cariteacher
Hi, cookie experts! I am VERY new to this, but have 2 orders in already! (Just for friends' parties, but still...). One of them wants monogrammed cookies for her daughter's birthday. First design, no problem (round cookies, wet on wet, blue with white dots). I'm planning to do royal icing transfers for the monogram. Second one - problem!! She wants "quilted" hearts, with the monogram. I can do the quilting, but unsure about how to do the monogram. Still with RI transfer and "glue" on after...Read More...
Last Reply By Laegwen · First Unread Post
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