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Introducing Our December Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
I honestly can't believe that another year on Cookie Connection has come and nearly gone. Whoosh! (BTW, that's the sound of time flying! ) Although too short, 2017 has been unbelievably picturesque, because of the glorious site banners and backdrops that so many of you have contributed over the months. Thanks to all of our 2017 featured site artists! Without your generous donations of time and talent, our site would never have been so colorful and dynamic. If your cookies didn't hit our...Read More...
Last Reply By Tina at Sugar Wishes · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As you probably know by now, Food Network is airing a series of seven Christmas Cookie Challenges this holiday season, all with a keen focus on our passion - cookie decorating! You can see the entire first episode, called Christmas Family Fun , here, along with upcoming airtimes of this episode and the others. As if this wasn't exciting enough, at least five Cookie Connection members have competed in these challenges, and we've got the rare opportunity to talk with all of them about...Read 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...
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Primer for Fondant?

Hello , I was wondering if there is any substance that could be used as a primer on sugar paste or fondant, so when I print on it the color will stay original without bleeding inside it or getting darker when being refrigerated or left in room temp? Would appreciate any advice on the matter. Thank youRead More...
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Royal Icing Transfer Bleed Fix!

54mama
I’m making 200 cookies for a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah and ran into an issue with my RI (royal icing) transfers bleeding! I knew about dark colors bleeding but these were white on yellow so I was surprised (and seriously bummed). I think my transfers were too thin. But . . . fixed them and thought I’d share in case anyone is looking for a fix in the future. It’s not perfect, but pretty good and certainly fine for a slew of teenagers! After the cookies were completely dry, I mixed up some 12...Read More...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy - Christine · First Unread Post

Confection Couture Christmas Stencil Sale - HUGE SAVINGS!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! The above graphic pretty much says it all! My stencil partner Confection Couture Stencils is hosting a sale, where all Christmas-themed stencils on the site, including my Prettier Plaques TM , are 30% off! Here's a direct link to the Christmas stencils so you can get shopping! Stencils make great stocking stuffers, you know! Don't delay! Sale ends on December 11, 2017 at midnight. Thanks in advance for your support. P.S. If the discount does not automatically get applied at...Read More...

Hi Y'all!

Tamlei
Hi y'all! I'm new here and a bit overwhelmed, but am completely amazed at all of the sea and wealth of information I have seen so far! Thanks for letting me join! My name is Tammy, and I currently live in Arizona. I just recently married the love of my life, after being together for 6 years it was time! We have four furbabies! My husband just recently gifted me with an early birthday present, a Kitchenaid! I had been talking for the past 4 or 5 months about wanting to try my hand at sugar...Read More...
Last Reply By Dezi’s Treats · First Unread Post

New Holiday Craftsy Course with Stephanie Kappel

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just noticed a "new" Craftsy course with @Stephanie Kappel that comes just in time for Christmas, as it's all about gingerbread houses! One of my favorite holiday things! Knowing the quality of Stephanie's work, I am sure it is bound to be a great course, so please check it out here . Please also remember that, if you purchase it via a link on this site (either the pink one above or in one of the righthand photo sidebars on our home page, or "Clips" or "Blog" pages),...Read More...

Bagging Cookies with Edible Papers

Hi, I make a shortbread cookie. I then ice it with royal icing and let it dry overnight. I apply the edible image using either Crisco, or piping gel. Around the edges I use either light corn syrup or piping gel to add the sprinkles. I let that dry overnight before putting them in a sealed bag. My problem: a few days after bagging, the cookies start to look wet. Almost as if I didn't let them dry enough (overnight I thought was long enough). I have attached a photo to show you what is...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Piping on Cookie that Has Dried

brenda1209
After my royal icing (RI) dries and I go back to add details such as dots or an outline around the cookie, etc. . . . after the added detail dries and I touch the detail, it falls off the cookie. What do I need to do to fix the issue? I can't keep telling people to be gentle with the cookie. Any advice is appreciated.Read More...
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Cookie Freshness in Heat-Sealed Poly Bags

54mama
I'm hoping someone can give me some idea of how long cookies will stay fresh in heat-sealed poly bags. I'm making over 100 cookies for party favors for a friend in a few weeks and I'd like to not wait until right before to make them. I'm a hobbyist cookie maker, so I just don't know enough about the packaging/freshness side of things. Will they be good for a week? Longer? Thanks for any insight you can give.Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Cyber Monday Sale on Select Julia Usher Stencils!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! I've got some great Cyber Monday deals for you! My partner Confection Couture Stencils (aka Stencil Ease) is offering 30% off select Julia Usher and Confection Couture cookie stencils through Sunday, December 3 . Click here to see what's on sale, or look under the "Cyber Monday" tab in the upper right on the Confection Couture Stencils ' site . The 30% discount will be automatically applied when you select any of the items under this tab and add them to your cart. No coupon code is...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

New YouTube "Kookievision" Channel

Forum: Videos
Sweethart Baking Experiment
Hey guys, So - I started a channel on YouTube for my cookie decorating videos. It started out as a Facebook live stream in my cookie decorating workspace once or twice per week, but then construction started on our street and it was so damn loud to do live videos, so I started to create edited videos of individual cookie decorating and condensing them down to one minute (so I could share on Instagram) but then I thought . . . why not create a channel on YouTube for them, make them a bit...Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Edible Arts

Hi, everyone!! I'm Caroline. I'm new here and ready to learn from all these gifted and talented people here. I did professional courses in cakes, attended cookie classes, and also did master classes in royal icing. I have a small cake and cookie business in the comfort of my studio and I love not wanting to wake up wee hours on a clock-in and out time machine in the corporate's world of 20 over years. High heels hurts 😊 So here I am, retires early but still work on what I love as a...Read More...
Last Reply By Caroline Yeoh · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Just a quick FYI . . . I am leaving on vacation (for the first time this year!) tomorrow (November 18) and will return on November 25. Per mandate from my husband , I will be doing absolutely no work during this time (!!) and, though I hate to be saying this again, I will therefore not be posting a Saturday Spotlight tomorrow or on November 25. D epending on how my reentry into real life goes on Sunday, November 26, I may resume Spotlight s that day, or simply pick up again on the...Read More...
Last Reply By Tina at Sugar Wishes · First Unread Post
Hi, I make simple old-school cookies, i.e., butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin, etc. I cannot for the life of me find a cookie business name that represents me - I've gone thru about 3 of them already. My customers on my FB page must think I'm nuts LOL. I am thinking about making and selling cookies in a jar. I'm trying to come up with ways do it. Has anyone on here ever experienced selling these type of products? Anyone else on here that sells the same type of cookies? Footnote - I am an...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Red Metallic Dragees?

Forum: Suppliers
Joanna (Cookie Mojo)
Hi, folks! I've seen some pictures of cookies and cakes online with red metallic dragees on them, but I can't seem to find them anywhere to purchase. My usual suppliers up here in Toronto say they can't get them in that colour . . . not even in pearl, never mind metallic. Just plain red. Has anyone ever seen them?Read More...
Last Reply By Joanna (Cookie Mojo) · First Unread Post
Hi, all, Just a quick note to let you know that the Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #25 recap will post sometime between November 11 and 15, rather than in its usual Saturday Spotlight slot on November 11. In addition, the next challenge (#26) is likely to be posted on December 2 or December 3 rather than the week following the previous (#25) recap. Let me assure you, these delays have nothing to do with @Bakerloo Station, our marvelous challenge host, and have everything to do...Read More...
Last Reply By Love Cookies · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the full episode of this season's first Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/sho...christmas-family-fun Congrats to Aime at @ThePaintedPastry for winning! And to Arlene of @Chua Cookie and all of the other competitors for getting as far as they did. The Food Network sure knows how to create a pressure-cooker work environment. There was so little time to do anything,...Read More...
Last Reply By ThePaintedPastry · First Unread Post

Stenciled Cookie Contest by Julia's Stencil Partner

Julia M. Usher
Attention, cookiers! My stencil partner ( Confection Couture Stencils ) is running a "Show Us Your Cookies" contest, where you can enter to win a curated set of cookies stencils (worth $60) PLUS a bonus prize. Entries must be received by November 30, 2017 and must also be stenciled with either my Prettier Plaques sets or any of the Confection Couture stencils. The winner will be determined by the number of likes each entry receives, so spread the word by sharing your image after you upload...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! The results are finally in! I know firsthand what a grueling experience the judging process was, as I had the privilege (?!) of scouring 40 super-qualified portfolios, along with 11 other judges, to make the final determinations. What a challenge that was! The judges' individual rankings in 10 categories were filed about a month ago, and then tallied by the folks at Cake Masters , leading to the awards announcements made last night at the 2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards in...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Two Cookie Connection Members on Food Network!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Some exciting news just in from Cookie Connection member, @Chua Cookie. Arlene writes: "So excited to announce that I'll be appearing in Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge! I cookiefied the judges! . . . Tune in on Monday, November 6, at 10 PM EST ! Watch as I compete against my baking buddies, including one of my cookie idols, Aime from The Painted Pastry. Two Cookie Connection members will be in the premiere episode. (Hint: And perhaps others in the...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Washing Silicone Rolling Mat in Dishwasher

Forum: Tools
Joanna (Cookie Mojo)
Hi, folks! I use a rolling mat like this one https://www.amazon.ca/Norpro-S...asures/dp/B00112499E to roll out my cookies, which I LOVE, but cleaning it afterward is kind of a pain because it is so big. It can be washed in the dishwasher, but I've never figured out how to load it so that it gets clean. Does anyone else use one, and if so do you wash in the dishwasher and how do you load it?Read More...
Last Reply By Joanna (Cookie Mojo) · First Unread Post
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