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Heads Up! CookieCon 2018 Tickets Go on Sale Tonight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! The following update is just in from Karen and Mike Summers, organizers of CookieCon . . . CookieCon 2018 tickets and add-on (pre-CookieCon) workshops go on sale this evening (March 14, 2018) at 7:00 pm MDT . At that time, please visit , and click on the registration link at the top of the page to purchase your ticket! To see some tips and a video about how to register, click here: To read more about CookieCon and to...Read More...

Say Hello to Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Well, you won't have to shout very far to say "hi", because, this month, that site artist is none other than me! I think you all know me pretty well by now, so I won't insert any bio or other intro material here as I usually do. If you happen to be interested in the extended version of how I got started in baking and decorating, you can read all of those sweet (and sometimes sordid) details on my personal website . Oh, here's what my March cookie contribution looked like in photo form before...Read More...
Last Reply By Teresa Pękul · First Unread Post

Food Network Now Casting for Two Baking Shows

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, EVERYONE! Food Network is now casting for two competitions. Click on the link below for more info. (P.S. I know more than a few cookie decorators who competed in the Christmas Cookie Challenge last year, and at least two who brought home the $10,000 prize! It's well within your reach too!) MORE INFO: https://bakingchampionshipcasting.castingcrane.comRead More...
Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post
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
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...
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


Alternative to Kopykake?

Kathy Andersen
Hi! Has anyone tried projecting a design on a cookie with a smaller projector like a Pico? Just wondering if it is really necessary to spend the expense of a Kopykake if similar results can be achieved. I know there is a post about building your own Kopykake. Wouldn't it be possible to send an image to a pocket projector and do the same thing? What am I missing?Read More...
Last Reply By Aproned Artist · First Unread Post

Sorry Again - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
So sorry - again! When I wrote last week's post alerting you to no Saturday Spotlight last Saturday and mentioned that I'd resume this week, I forgot I would be in an all-day class today with another all-day one tomorrow. I was also awoken at 5 am the day before yesterday due to a fire alarm in the hotel (!), and then, last night, I had to change hotel rooms at 1 am because someone in a nearby room was smoking and all the smoke was getting sucked into my room through the bathroom vent. So...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Starting a Cottage Food Business - Help Needed!

Can someone outline the steps to start a business using cottage food law? I understand that is the key to cookie business. Julia, in one of your blogs, you stated: "I will take a two-pronged approach with this blog. The first will consist of the mechanics and the second will be mindset. The mechanics part will include technical and practical information and advice on how to build a successful cottage sweets business, such as how to create a clear vision for the kind of a business (volume)...Read More...
Last Reply By Linda Velez-Reblando · First Unread Post

Mystery Cookie Cutter - What Is It?

Hi! So I picked up a second-hand set of cookie-cutters from a neighbour, and there is one I absolutely cannot figure out. The cutter were all very ordinary, mostly Christmas-themed, but with a few random shapes (a fish, a mushroom, a moon...) thrown in. Have any of you any idea of what this thing is supposed to be? The lady tried to convince me it was a bunny but I'm not sold. I kind of see a weasel dancing on its hind legs (upper left view)... Any ideas welcome, thanks!Read More...
Last Reply By Liesbet · First Unread Post

No Saturday Spotlight Tonight

Julia M. Usher
Hi, gang! So sorry, but I am in the height of prep for several spring classes, one of which is early next week, and I simply don't have the time for the Spotlight this week. I hope to resume next Saturday, March 10. Thanks for understanding, and have a great weekend!Read More...

Thank You

One evening of two years ago (Nov 2015) I found Julia M. Usher’s videos and discovered royal icing to decorate cookies. That evening I kept watching the series of her cookie decorating videos and the next days I caught up with all of them. I had so much to learn! I then found out Cookie Connection and signed up: that was the beginning of my cookie journey. I couldn’t have imagined to start writing my own tutorials for the site one year later. Surely I couldn’t have never imagined that two...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Easter Stencil Sale Alert!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Heads up! A ll Easter stencils on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site are 25% off through March 15. This sale includes my Easter-themed Prettier Plaques TM and Dynamic Duos TM sets! Just use the coupon code EASTERSALE at checkout. Enjoy! Here's the direct link to our Easter stuff: https://confectioncouturestenc...ions/easter-stencilsRead More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

A Ton of Extra Cookies?

I am new to this whole cookie decorating thing but I LOVE it! t is so much fun BUT it requires a lot of practice and I have so much fun doing it that I don't want to stop . . . so my question is what do you all do with all of these cookies!? I think my family is pretty much sick of eating sugar cookies, and the employees that work for us will get sick at some point too I think. I just want to keep baking so I was wondering if any of you had some suggestions on what to do with all of the...Read More...
Last Reply By Kirsten · First Unread Post

If I Can Be So Bold . . .

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My YouTube channel, Recipes for a Sweet Life with Julia M Usher , is lucky to be a finalist in this year's TASTE Awards, in the best online-streamed food program category. The winner is determined completely by popular vote. If I can be so bold, I'd love your vote! Here's the link for voting (there are a few other categories listed here too): Thanks in advance! Much appreciated!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Quick & Easy Rectangle Cookies

I recently needed to make some rectangle cookies but I did not have the correct size of cutter. I also did not want to hand cut them! So I had an "ah ha" moment that is very obvious and one that most of you probably already figured out. But I decided to post it just in case. I needed to make 1.5" x 2.5" cookies that I would then ice and place a chocolate plaque on top. I made a 1.5" x 11" template (I recycle the plastic fronts of my husband's holiday booze sets for templates...they work...Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our February Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
It's nearly February 1, and Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so what better time to insert some love-themed cookies into our site banner and backdrop?! I'm especially fond of these rustic hearts, wreaths, and flower plaques created by the very talented @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Their departure from normal lacy red and pink valentines makes them all the more interesting to me. And the neutral, wood-grain background really makes their foreground elements...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

SugarDeaux Quick Dry Royal Icing

*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...
Last Reply By Cassandra VanSyckle · First Unread Post
My stencil partner, Confection Couture Stencils , is holding a sale (15% off) on all Valentine's stencils on their site, including mine. The offer is good through Monday, February 5. Please see the coupon code and details in the image. And start shopping here: ! Please direct any sale or ordering questions to .Read More...

Greetings from France!

Hi there! I am a French archaeologist and discovered cookie decorating very recently, less than a month ago. I actually wanted to bake a thematic cake for my best friend's PhD defense, and while looking up designs online, found some incredible buttercream piping. I really wanted to try my hand at it, but I HATE buttercream with a passion, so I looked up alternatives and found cookie decorating, which I had literally never heard of before. A look at one of Julia's videos, and the revelation...Read More...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy · First Unread Post