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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...
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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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Fondant Fruit Molds

I know this site is more about cookies than cakes, but I have a friend, and I need to make a cake for her one-year-old's birthday that is themed fruit. I can't find enough fondant molds in one place. If anyone knows where I can find them in the US, so I don't have to wait on customs, please let me know. I don't have much time. Thank you.Read More...
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Airbrush Use and Preferences Survey - I'd Love Your Input!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone, I'm conducting a little market research to help guide my development and design of a new airbrush system (gun and compressor) for use in cookie and cake decorating . I would very much appreciate your input so that I can best tailor the product to meet your unique decorating needs. Click here to go to the survey . (You can also return to the survey at any time by clicking on "Surveys" in the main navigation line, but be sure to log your answers before January 13, 2017 when the...Read More...
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Julia's March Stencil Release!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's mid-March (my, how time flies!) and once again the occasion for the grand reveal of my latest Prettier Plaques TM stencils . If you haven't yet heard about my new line, introduced at the end of 2016 and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding four new five-stencil sets, including my March Stencil of the Month , to my growing line. All sets are also sold as separates to give you maximum purchasing flexibility. As a...Read More...

Julia's February Stencil Release!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! It's that time again to unveil the latest releases in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line . If you haven't heard about my new line, introduced in November and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding five (!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates) to my rapidly expanding line, including my February Stencil of the Month. As a reminder, my Stencil of the Month is part of my Stencil of the Month Club (natch! ),...Read More...
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3-D Printers to Make Cutters

Buffy Gwyn
I am thinking of buying a 3-D printer to make cookie cutters for my personal use. There are so many to choose from. Would anyone share a brand/model that they like and share their experience with the software used to create cookie cutters?? Is it worth the time and expense to purchase a 3-D printer? Thank you for any input you have to offer.Read More...
Last Reply By Buffy Gwyn · First Unread Post
Hi, all! It's nearly mid-month, and time, once again, to reveal the latest and greatest new stencils in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line. If you're not familiar with my new line, designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , it launched around Thanksgiving, and you can read all about it here ! This month, I've got four (yes, four!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates), including our January Stencil of the Month. What's this about a Stencil of the Month, you ask? Great question! In...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Clever Kitchen Gadgets for the Holidays!

Julia M. Usher
I've got a hot tip for some great stocking stuffers - all from our site affiliate, Monkey Business. This site is known for its ultra-clever designs for kitchen gadgets, just a small sampling of which is shown below. As with all of our Cookie Connection affiliates, whenever you purchase from any of the Monkey Business links in this post or elsewhere on this site (usually on the far right hand side), Cookie Connection receives a small referral fee used to offset the hosting charges for this...Read More...

Cyber Monday Deal on DoughEZ Rolling System - 20% Off!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I've got another great Cyber Monday deal for you, this time on the DoughEZ rolling system (mat and guides). Just access the DoughEZ site through the link below and use the coupon code "CYBERBAKING" (no quotes) at check-out to get 20% off. This offer is good for one day only - today, November 28, 2016! However, if you use the coupon code "juliausher" (no quotes) any other time of year, you'll get 10% off. Enjoy! Access the DoughEZ site here . While you're shopping, please also check...Read More...

Cyber Monday Sale on Julia's New Stencils - 20% Off!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm offering a fab Cyber Monday Sale on my new stencil line that runs from today (Saturday, November 26) through December 22, 2016! All stencils and stencil accessories in my new Prettier Plaques TM line (which you can read more about here ) are 20% off. Woo hoo! Just apply coupon code 112216 at check-out! And, remember, I'm also giving away $200 worth of my stencils in a giveaway that runs through December 6, 2016. To enter that giveaway, click here , and follow the instructions at...Read More...
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Dough Sheeter Recommendations?

I am looking for a table top dough sheeter that is easy to use and clean. I want to use it for my sugar cookie dough, as well as my shortbread. We do a lot of frosted sugar cookies at our store and want the thickness to be uniform. Does anyone have any experience with dough sheeters? Can you suggest a good one? In my research, I did notice that there are machines that not only function as dough sheeters, but as cookie droppers as well. This would be fabulous, and eliminate the need for...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Help Needed with Understanding Cookie Tools!

Hello . . . my head is reeling from too much info! I want to get moulds, etc. for making cookie toppers but can't understand the differences between moulds, onlays, gumpaste cutters, silicone mats, etc. etc. I saw some cookies made by Bubolinka at another cake decorating site . . . I want to make toppers like hers. Where do I get the stuff from? How did she make those hearts? Do I need a fondant mat or only impression mats or texture sheets, embossed rollers, or silicone lace mats? And...Read More...
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Morphing One Shape into Another

Are there any resources or places where we can research or post to share how we could use a particular shape cookie cutter to make other things? Sugarbelle seems to be incredibly creative with this (her baking theme cookies are the perfect example) but I don't have the much visionary inspiration in my feeble brain!Read More...
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Ovens - What to Consider?

I am considering to buy a new oven, as the one I have is just awful. The back right and front left corner get so much hotter than the other parts, that the cookies are burnt on one side and still raw on the other. This also leads to quite a lot of deformation (especially all round cookies not exactly in the middle are ovals afterwards). My new one should absolutely be a convection oven, as I bake more than one sheet at once and will continue doing so - everything else is too much waste of...Read More...
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3-D Printing in Cookie Dough

Julia M. Usher
Here's a cool cookie-making novelty item that will go on sale in Asia in 2016, and perhaps come to the US later - a 3-D printer that extrudes cookie dough, not plastic! It's called the Food Printer, and it's manufactured by XYZ Printing in Taiwan. Read more, or see a larger version of the video,  here . It just proves that there's no limit to where cookie decorating can go! Thanks to Carol Bova at Designer Stencils for sending me the link to this information. Oh, and if you want to see...Read More...
Last Reply By Verónika · First Unread Post