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Say Hello to Our August Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Hi, all! I realize I'm a few days early with this post, but I'll be leaving town in the next two days, and I wanted to make sure the site art was refreshed before I left. Please enjoy!] The changing of the months and seasons is always fun when marked by stunning cookies! And I must say, this month's featured cookies by Miki Shibasaki of @Miki@Atelier Detour are real stunners. From the nautical color scheme and the flawless icing to the exacting arrangement of...Read More...
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I'm calling our next chat "Meet-up with Manu," because you're going to have the special opportunity to get to know our very own Cookie Connection contributor , Manuela Pezzopane (aka Manu), that much better. As one of our very fine tutorialists, she's in the perfect position to tell us all about what goes into writing and photographing a great cookie tutorial. She, of course, will also be ready to share tips about how she conceives of and executes her marvelously unique cookie designs. I...Read More...
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Upcoming Vacation and Saturday Spotlight Gap

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads-up: next Saturday, I'll be on a short vacation in Argentina, followed by a class there the next Saturday, so I will be unable to post another Spotlight until August 12 . (However, I just posted this week's edition, and it's full of great cookies! If you haven't yet seen it, click here .) My apologies for another gap in coverage, but I'll be sure to make up for it when I get back. We've got another chat, a new challenge, and a Cookier Close-up or two, all coming up very...Read More...
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...
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
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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Hello, I offered, as a wedding gift, to send cookies to a nephew’s upcoming wedding in December. I am in the Middle East and the cookies are going all the way to America. I know from previous experience that the mail takes two weeks, but I want to have a margin of time in case I need to send replacements for broken cookies, etc. I only make cookies as surprise gifts for family and friends, usually for Christmas, so this is the first time I have a deadline. I want to make the cookies as early...Read More...
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SugarDeaux Quick Dry Royal Icing

Karen-SugarDeaux
*This is the quickest RI to make and the fastest drying! Cookies can be iced, bagged and ready to go in 3-5 hours with no dehydrator. A couple notes of interest: This RI recipe mixes to a semi-stiff consistency. (Think buttercream.) You can separate into individual containers and add a litlle water till you achieve the consistency you desire. If you want very stiff RI to do piped flowers, etc. add an additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. This icing will dry to a semi- matte finish with a...Read More...
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Need Ultimate Cookies Book

Forum: Books
JudyMarszalek
Julia, thank you so much for all of the time you've put into developing your techniques & instructions to make it easier for someone like me to get the courage to try something new! Does anyone have an Ultimate Cookies cookbook they'd like to sell? I've downloaded the app & the video series on Amazon & really love them. I'll be making some dough today to get my practice in. I'm a beginner/intermediate & have decided I'm going to go for it & get my cottage industry license...Read More...
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July Site Art - Just Rotated!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As you probably noticed, I just rotated our site art. We were lucky to have two site art submissions for this month, so, now that we're at the mid-month mark, @Kim Damon's summer church fair-themed set is taking over for @Magadiuz's glorious blue butterflies. To read more about our July site artists, and to see their submissions in more detail, please check out our earlier introduction to them, here . Thanks again, Kim and Ina, for your...Read More...
Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that since both Julia and I have been on the road quite a bit this past month, the recap for the latest challenge will be slightly delayed. The recap, which would normally appear this Saturday, July 15th, will post a few days later, sometime around July 18th or 19th. We appreciate your patience! [Julia's Note: This means there will also be no usual Saturday Spotlight on Saturday to replace the challenge recap. Saturday Spotlight s will resume on...Read More...
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Coloring Not Sticking to Cookies When Painting?

Hello, all! I am new here but very happy to have found you. I was inspired to start painting cookies after seeing Julia's videos but I'm having some trouble! As I am painting cookies, it's almost as if the surface of the royal icing is repelling the color. It doesn't seem to happen more with one color than another. This has been incredibly frustrating because I can barely get an even coat of color because it starts separating and almost beading up. I use a meringue powder-based royal icing,...Read More...
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Congrats to Our Two (!) July Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
July is a month blessed with bounty - idyllic summer vacations, laid-back gatherings with friends and family, outdoor parties galore, festive patriotic fireworks (at least here in the US), and . . . yes, two Cookie Connection featured site artists! Aren't we lucky?! The artist whose work will be featured in the first half of July is none other than @Magadiuz, aka Ina Uzzanu, who was, coincidentally, also featured around this time last year. (See that post here .) Ina's...Read More...
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Mark Your Calendars for CookieCon 2018!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just caught this announcement on the CookieCon Facebook page and thought you'd all be interested to know that CookieCon 2018 has been scheduled for September 12-15, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. We'll be posting more info to our Calendar area of the site, as we receive it from the organizers. Please also visit the CookieCon Facebook page for more regular updates.Read More...

Any Stencil Requests?

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, Stencil of the Month Club Members! I'm beginning the design process for November, December, and January Prettier Plaques TM stencil sets. Do you have any requests for patterns or scenes that you'd like to see transformed into a five-piece set? I can't guarantee I will, but if any ideas seem popular and/or strike me as unique, I'll give them serious thought! MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE!Read More...
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Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder

Forum: Legalese
Hi! I am hoping/trying to set up a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) in California for my cookies. I thought I had everything lined up, and have just been told that California doesn't allow meringue powder (or similar) in icing. I have truly cried, it makes me so sad! And I have heard this is not unique to California. It makes absolutely no sense to me that it is allowed in a professional kitchen and not in a home kitchen. Professional kitchen rental is just too expensive for a startup...Read More...
Last Reply By Sarah J · First Unread Post

Congratulations to Our New Site Contributor!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great surprise for you! @Aproned Artist, aka Samantha Yacovetta, has officially joined our team of Cookie Connection contributors as of today! As you probably know from seeing her work on this site, she's made a name for herself in the cookie world with her precise work, elegant designs, and keen attention to showstopping details. So it only makes sense then that her bimonthly cookie tutorials will focus on the special little details that make big...Read More...
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Surprise Visitor - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My sincerest apologies. Tomorrow morning, I'm getting a surprise visit from a family member who I have not seen in several years. So yesterday, after receiving an email that she was passing through St. Louis, I dropped everything and spent several hours furiously cleaning up cookie debris and trying to make the house look civilized. Right now, it's 3 am on Sunday morning, and I have just finished the bare minimum of cleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, and guest bedroom), and I can't...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Metallics for Painting and Other Applications

Kimberlie
I've been seeing a lot of very shiny metallic painting lately. I particularly love the golds and silvers I'm seeing, but everything I've used doesn't give me that shine. I've seen metallics for both painting and airbrushing. I would love to hear what others are using and see the results they are getting.Read More...
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Balance Between Taste and Shape . . . Help!

My cookies are either coming out perfectly in shape, but taste almost like short bread . . . Or delicious, but spread into unrecognizable blobs . . . The recipe I used was a no fail/no spread recipe that called for 3 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tbsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 cup butter, 1 tbsp vanilla, and 1 egg. I had to add a little vegetable oil (less than 1/4 cup) because the dough was so crumbly it wouldn't roll out. I chilled the dough for the allotted time, used cool cookie...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post
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

Yogurt Royal Icing

Kimberlie
I know this site has nothing to do with dogs, but I make human and dog cookies all the time. I see dog cookies with yogurt icing that dries hard all the time in stores, some not so good. I'd like to start making my own but I can't find much info on the subject. I'm thinking if I could get one that works well that I can flood and pipe with it could even be a healthy alternative for humans. If anyone knows anything I am all ears and thank you for putting up with my silly questions.Read More...
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Taste Test - Freezing Cookie Dough

trishXXXX
Brand new here so don't know if I am in the right forum for this. I happened upon this site when Googling about my question. Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite joys in life. However it is so time and labor intensive that I started to freeze my doughs ahead of time and then bake within a few weeks of Christmas. Since doughs can be frozen up to 6 months, I actually considered starting my doughs in June. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or factual but I think I can taste a...Read More...
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