September 2016

Hi, all! I'm pleased to announce that, on November 12, 2016, we're continuing our Rising Star Series with a live chat with @Sweet Prodigy - Christine (aka Christine Dutcher)! Christine has been a member of Cookie Connectio n for only a year and a few months, but her precision-piping has already caused many jaws to hit the floor! In this chat, we'll learn more about how she very quickly acquired her skills, and tricks for creating some of her intricately piped optical illusions! To learn...Read More...
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Selling at a Fall Festival

Brigitte Thiele
Hello, I have rented booth space to sell cookies at a small town fall festival next weekend. It was $30 for a day and a 20x20' spot. Attendance is around 1500 to 2000 people. I have been selling a few orders here and there and have started building a good business. But . . . I need some ideas and help with a festival booth. I am ok on all the laws and regulations. What I need is advice from people who may have done this or people with insight. For example . . . Do I put a few cookies out as...Read More...
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Introducing Our October Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Oh, how I love this time of year, with all of its gourds, pumpkins and other harvest-goodies just waiting to be turned into pies, tarts, and festive fall cookies - of course! Judging from her winning Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #13 site art (pictured below and on our site this month), it seems our October site artist, virago , loves these things too! Her cookie rendition is especially captivating, IMO, due to its gorgeous color scheme and flawless execution. Congrats again, virago, on a...Read More...
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Edible Artists Global Awards - Nominees Announced!

Julia M. Usher
The Edible Artists Global Awards (EAGA) nominees were announced last week, and they include five people in our local cookie community! Cookie Connection contributor Aixa Zunino (aka @Dolce Sentire), Sandra Amaral (aka @My Sweet Art), and Marta Torres (aka @The Cookie Lab - Bolachas decoradas arte) are among the nominees in the Royal Icing category; Ginny Levack (aka @Creative Cookier) is up for Most Innovative Product for her Stencil Genie; and I have been...Read More...
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IMPORTANT - Powdered Sugar Survey! RE-DO!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, powdered sugar survey-takers and those yet to take it! There WAS an odd one-time issue with how the survey system was capturing and reporting "other" responses in our powdered sugar survey, but we fixed it. Unfortunately, we lost all previous write-in "other" responses in the process, so I zeroed out the survey and am starting it over from scratch. If you already took it, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE IT AGAIN so we can re-build the database that we started. So sorry for any inconvenience that...Read More...
Hi, all! Not sure if you caught this online, but over the last 24 hours, Cake Masters Magazine has been posting its awards finalists - VERY, VERY slowly, category by category. So slowly, in fact, that they still have not announced the cookie finalists, nearly 24 hours later. I trust that announcement will come later today, so if you want to follow the action live over the course of today, you can do so here on their Facebook event page . Later this evening (If they've posted the results by...Read More...
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Fall-Winter Cookie Tutorials and Inspiration

Alice H
Hi, everyone! Alice from CookieCutterKingdom here! We just launched our fall-winter magazine filled with tutorials, cookie inspiration, and new cutters. I thought it would be something the Cookie Connection community may like to take a look at. You'll find topics such as back-to-school, fall, Halloween, winter, Christmas, and more. See below for a sneak peek of the magazine. Click here to read the entire magazine: http://bit.ly/CCKFW16 Hope you enjoy it!Read More...
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Hi, again! Just so you all know, there is another all-encompassing sugar arts awards program (in addition to the Cake Masters ' one) that's running for the first time this year. It's called the EAGA (Edible Artists Global Awards), and you can find more info here . Unlike the Cake Masters ' program, they do no have a cookie category per se, but they do have a royal icing category for which a couple of cookie artists (most notably, our very own contributor @Dolce Sentire) have...Read More...

Announcing Our New "Rising Star" Chat Series!

Julia M. Usher
This month, I'm launching a new chat series called the Rising Star Series , aimed at casting the spotlight on some of our newer members who are making waves with their fabulous work. (By "newer members", I generally mean those who have joined the site within a year of their chat time.) On October 8, 2016, in our inaugural chat of this series, I'll be speaking with Sonja Galmad, perhaps better known as swissophie , with the aim of getting behind some of her fabulous knitted fabric and...Read More...
Last Reply By Marie - LilleKageHus · First Unread Post
HELP!!!!! I spent all day today cleaning out my garage. I will be using my garage to store all of my baking supplies. I am trying to gather things I need for cake making, cookies, pies, cupcakes, cake pops, and candy during the holidays. How does everyone set themselves up, and what all do y'all smart ladies suggest I need for storage? Open to all suggestions and, if you have any pictures, I would love to see them. I soon hope to have a huge collection of cookie cutters.Read More...
Last Reply By Michaela Dodge · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone! I've been getting an unusually large number of questions lately about how to log into the site and change member profiles. I suspect these questions may stem from some confusion about how the main navigation looks on different devices and in different viewing modes. Ever since our responsive redesign late last year , the site automatically adapts to view optimally on whatever device you are using. What this means is that the site's main navigation line appears in different...Read More...
Last Reply By Debbie R · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Over the past few weeks, there have been several questions about photo posting guidelines - particularly the rules about copying or drawing inspiration from others' work and posting duplicate images. There have also been a larger than usual number of queries about how to log into the site and find various content on Cookie Connection . That all said, I have just revised the Site FAQ to address the login and "where to find content" issues. I have also revised the photo posting...Read More...

Seeking New Chat Host

Julia M. Usher
Hi, as many of you probably read here yesterday, Tina (aka Tina at Sugar Wishes) has resigned from her contributors spot as our Sweet Sharing chat host. We will miss her dearly, of course, but I very much want to continue down the wonderful path she's cleared. That said, I am seeking a person to fill Tina's big shoes - someone who is interested in organizing and hosting/moderating a one-hour chat with a featured guest every other month. This person must have a strong command of English...Read More...
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New Survey About Powdered Sugar!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! In anticipation of Liesbet Schietecatte's next Toolbox Talk , which is all about powdered sugar (aka confectioner's sugar), I'd like to ask you about the brands you've used and your experiences with them. So please visit the survey in our Survey section ( here ) and share your thoughts! It is a short survey (only 12 multiple choice questions), so it should go fast! Thanks in advance, and stay tuned for the related Toolbox Talk , coming in about a week or so!Read More...

New Member

Michaela Dodge
Hello my name is Michaela and I live in Springtown, TX. I am a mother of 8 children and currently I am working toward opening up my own bakery. I am decent at cakes and cookies but would love to learn to be a expert. Any help in this area are appreciated. I am excited to meet everyone and learn. God bless you all.Read More...
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