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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...
As so many of you know, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., aka Ryoko Hayashi , has been a longstanding member of Cookie Connection , a fearless and faithful contributor to our Practice Bakes Perfec t challenges, and an artist who consistently delights us with her cookie "storytelling" abilities. Her cookie sets are undeniably lovely, but they always go further than surface beauty. Whether they teach us lessons about Japan (Ryoko's home country), expand our skills by showing us techniques, or...Read More...
Last Reply By Dolce Flo · 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
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...
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A Ton of Extra Cookies?

Kirsten
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...
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Mystery Cookie Cutter - What Is It?

Annelise
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...
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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): http://www.thetasteawards.com/...e-voting-9th-annual/ Thanks in advance! Much appreciated!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Quick & Easy Rectangle Cookies

GeminiRJ
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

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...
Last Reply By Cassandra VanSyckle · First Unread Post
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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: www.confectioncouturestencils.com ! Please direct any sale or ordering questions to service@confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Greetings from France!

Annelise
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

Order for Two Thousand - HELP with Pricing!

Forum: Pricing
NOMI
Hello!! Hopefully someone will see this and maybe have some advice for me! I recently received a potential order of 2,000 cookies for a large, well known store. Their marketing specialist has contacted me in regards to 2,000 cookies. They will all be round and with a white (maybe black too) base with a gold logo detail. This equals to about 167 dozen cookies. I'm slowly realizing my worth and do not want to lose myself if I'm chosen by this client, but of course this order is so large, I...Read More...
Last Reply By Cindy Velt · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As any site gets big and draws a lot of traffic, it becomes a target for spam, questionable members, and unwanted emails from said members. In fact, since Christmas, the incidence of spam members has increased quite a lot despite our very rigorous spam filters. As a result, I now review every new member who joins the site , and I actively delete those who appear to be here for purposes of spreading spam or making unwanted advances to other members. Today, I have already deleted...Read More...
Last Reply By Cookie Celebration LLC · First Unread Post

Color from Icing on Lips and Mouth

Hi there. I have problem. I want to know what you all can suggest. As long as I've been working in this business, I just got a complaint from one of my customers. She sent me a pic (which I attached here) that her kid ate my cookies, and all the icing color got stuck on the lips and tongue. She had to wash twice to clean it. She was afraid that I’m using cheap colors that have an effect like that. I explained that it's ok because I'm using food-grade color. I’m here to ask: is all coloring...Read More...
Last Reply By Fdimitrilie · First Unread Post

Hello from Norway

Snufs
Hello from Norway! I have a friend from the US who every Christmas has been nagging me to make sugar cookies. She has been asking over and over and over, "please make some for Christmas; they remind me of my childhood". I have never had time for it, and didn't know what treasure it was. For me it was just a cookie until I began to look at them on Pinterest. Ohh me ohh my - did I get a new hobby. Yes I did. As you can see I'm a beginner, and I want to learn. In general, I work with...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Kimberlie
I want to use chocolate chip cookies on a platter as a filler. I’ve never made my own till now. Go figure! I’ve tried recipes and all of them flatten. I’m looking for one that will stay puffed up and not spread too much and have a nice golden top on it. For those of you in the States, I would compare it to a Sam’s Club chocolate chip cookie. I’m not great with the science of baking, so if anyone here could share a recipe with me, I would be very grateful.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Ringing in the New Year with a New Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
It's almost 2018, and I'm ringing in the New Year with the introduction of our January site artist, the lovely Susan Crane aka @SusieQCookies. Thank you so much, Susan, for generously contributing your time and talents to beautifying our site! Before we get to Susan's lovely art, a quick, but important plea ! After the posting of our February art, I'm flush out of art for every other month in 2018. So, unless you want to see my cookies all over the site for the rest of the...Read More...
Last Reply By marisa j. franco · First Unread Post

Food Coloring for Rubber-Stamping

Gingerland
Hello, everyone, I need some advice regarding what food coloring to use for rubber-stamping. I just started to experiment with clear stamps; they are working fine, but the color I use never seems to dry. Even after one day, they are still smudgy. Until now, I was using gel colors (different brands) with the same result. I also tried liquid colors too, but they did not work well. Should I try airbrush colors? Are they drying quicker? I was wondering what kind you guys are using to dry...Read More...
Last Reply By Gingerland · First Unread Post

Cleaning the Schmutz Off Isomalt?

(This question is not about cleaning isomalt off of things -- I find that soaking my pan and spoon in hot water and soap takes care of that quickly.) My question is: if you need to clean fingerprints or smudges of royal icing or smears of color off of isomalt, how do you do it? I am dealing with pieces of isomalt that are pretty small and I could not use (even if I had one) a propane torch on them, as I have seen suggested. I'm loathe to use water, even with isomalt's low/non-hygroscopic...Read More...
Last Reply By IllustratedCookies · First Unread Post

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 Jessilovessugarcookies · First Unread Post
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