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Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge Feedback Survey - Input Needed!

Julia M. Usher
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...
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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

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...
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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...
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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!

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 *Homemade Cookies by Sil* · 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

Windows - How to Make?

Ronnda Larssen-Phillips
My mom is going to be retiring from a mortuary March 30 and she has asked me to make caskets and hearses ( ? spelling) - yes, funny and a bit morbid I know. Anyway, I did find a hearse cookie cutter. I have a design planned in my head, but I haven't done it "for real" yet! I am adding a pic of the hearse in attachments. My plan is to make the body of the hearse a dark blue as that is the color of the company's hearse. What I'm not sure how to do is the windows. My thoughts are to make them...Read More...
Last Reply By Surly Cookies · First Unread Post

Gas versus Electric Oven

Gingerland
Hi there! I usually bake my cookies in a gas oven (gingerbread:7,5 minute, chocolate cookie: 10 minute) and bake them at 180°C. Now for a couple of month I have to use an electric oven. I tried to bake them the same way, but they did not turn out right Any suggestion what I should change? Thank you!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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