Technique Tips

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Thanksgiving Vacation Time - Spotlights Will Resume in About a Week!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick FYI . . . I am leaving on vacation (for the first time this year!) tomorrow (November 18) and will return on November 25. Per mandate from my husband , I will be doing absolutely no work during this time (!!) and, though I hate to be saying this again, I will therefore not be posting a Saturday Spotlight tomorrow or on November 25. D epending on how my reentry into real life goes on Sunday, November 26, I may resume Spotlight s that day, or simply pick up again on the...Read More...
Last Reply By Teresa Pękul · 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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Metallic Paint on Royal Icing Transfers

i have some metallic food paint that I want to paint my transfer with before I place it in the wet royal icing on my cookie. Has anyone tried this? I am curious if the metallic paint will bleed into the wet foundation. I thought it might be easier than painting so many after they are on the cookie and trying to stay in the lines.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
I have a Cubs cookie cutter that I love. The red Cubs and the blue outside circle are indented, so it is just a matter of flooding to fill them. The first batch I made I just left the raised parts (which are white in the logo) unfrosted but I'd really like to make them white to get the colors to really pop. Any ideas on a relatively fast way to make the raised parts of these cookies white? I tried piping white but that took way too long. I have yet to try dipping. I also thought maybe a thin...Read More...
Last Reply By Joanie · First Unread Post

Icing Transfers and Air Pockets

LyndaB
Hey, y'all! I've been having troubles with transfers causing unsightly air pockets when I drop them in wet icing. It usually happens with larger pieces. When I set them down at first it's perfect! After 5 minutes or so this horrid air pocket emerges at an edge. It completely ruins my gorgeous cookie. I've tried setting an edge down and slowly allowing it to set down all the way . . . dropping it flat . . . piping icing on the back of the transfer and then applying. There's no one guaranteed...Read More...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy - Christine · First Unread Post

Using a Cookie Cutter to Make a Design

Does anyone have any tips for using a cookie cutter that makes a design? I've put an example below. It's very simple, but I'm using it in lieu of the actual cookie cutter I want to buy because that one is a licensed character. So, for example, if one were to fill the entire cookie with the light brown, is there a way to then use the smaller pieces to mark where you should put the dark brown? The only thing I can think of is tracing them with a food-safe marker, but I was wondering if I'm...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Dehydrator Temperature?

I have a question if someone can help me. I have purchased a dehydrator, and I would like to know at what temperature I should set it, and for how long to leave my cookies in it. My dehydrator is in Celsius not Fahrenheit. I'm looking forward to using it.Read More...
Last Reply By Maxine · First Unread Post

Royal Icing Transfers Disintegrated

Hello, I had made white royal icing transfers and let them dry completely over night so I could use them on my cookies the next day. So when the next day came I iced my cookies with red and black royal icing and then immediately placed my royal icing transfers on. The problem occurred when I started to notice that my transfers looked as if they were disintegrating/melting into my wet royal icing. I've seen other people use the technique of putting dried transfers on wet icing and I can't...Read More...
Last Reply By Katisaurous · First Unread Post

Using Molds without Using Fondant

I am also trying to experiment with molds and attaching to cookies. I tried royal icing in the molds - no luck! I am not a fan of fondant EVER. I used the Wilton melts and those look good, BUT melt so FAST if touched. What else are people using? Has to be a simpler way . . . I have purchased quite a few, and really love these molds BUT I am confused about what will look best and is actually edible? Oh yes, and easier than many of the other options. Thank you!Read More...
Last Reply By Big Cookie Dream · First Unread Post

Freezing Cookies

I didn't see anything about this in the forums. And not sure where to post it . . . What is suggested as far as making cookies in advance and freezing them (shelf life)? And what about pre-decorating them and freezing them? What kind of containers are recommended? I have been having trouble finding a rectangular size.Read More...
Last Reply By Jonesy · First Unread Post

Decorating a Very Large Cookie

I want to make this cookie for my friend's son's birthday party. I have no idea who to attribute it to, as I've never been able to find any info on it, even using a Google image search. Does anyone have any tips on doing a big cookie like this? I know that I need to roll out the dough on the cookie sheet and then cut it out. I use corn syrup glaze, and I usually use the same consistency for piping and flooding, but I think I need to use two different consistencies for this because the flood...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Help with Fine Detail

Jenn Penn
Hi, all. Looking at these pictures of all these cookies is somewhat intimidating. I'm decorating 6-8 cookies an hour on average - and they aren't even that fancy! Anyway, I'm having a hard time with detail. Every time I try to imitate simple patterns or lines that involve a smaller tip, it just gets clogged or stuck. I use frosting tube thingys with a 1 tip. I watched the parchment cone tutorial a couple days ago and plan on trying that, and I've tried bags unsuccessfully - any other tips on...Read More...
Last Reply By Laegwen · First Unread Post
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