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Say Hello to Our May Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, you saw that right! We've got not just one, but TWO cookie artists who will be sharing our banner and backdrop in the month of May. You might call it a delicious double feature! As you'll soon see, both artists' site submissions* are bolder than bold, with super-saturated colors that will knock your socks off. Yet, their color palettes and themes are completely different. (Though, even with these differences, one could argue that they're a match made in heaven - after all, who wouldn't...Read More...
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Mark Your Calendars for Our May Live Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Lucky us! In the month of May, we're continuing our live chat series with CookieCon 2017 instructors , and we've got another wonderful featured guest for you: Teri Lewis of @tweets...cookie connection (completely unrelated to this Cookie Connection, BTW)! Though I was first dazzled by Teri's signature sparkly cookies at the CookieCon premiere some three or four years ago, Teri's medium at CookieCon 2017 was chocolate! There, she explored how to make dimensional elements with both modeling...Read More...

Corn Syrup Survey - We Want Your Input!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, in prep for Liesbet Schietecatte's next Toolbox Talk , which is all about corn syrup and its use in royal icing, we're seeking your input on this super quick survey . Please fill it out and share the link - everyone, even non- Cookie Connection members, is welcome to take the survey! Thanks in advance! Again, here's that survey link !Read More...
Hi, all, just a quick heads up! I'm thrilled to be continuing our series of live chats and Cookier Close-up interviews this month with CookieCon 2017 instructor @Amy Clough'D 9, aka Amy Clough of Clough'D 9 (pronounced "cloud nine") Cookies ! Amy is a three-time CookieCon veteran, who's amassed numerous Sugar Show awards, including one for an amazingly lifelike frog, shown here ! At this year's CookieCon, the subject of her lessons was adding texture to cookies using...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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No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I regret that I won't be able to do a Spotlight this weekend. As you may or may not know, I have been doing all-day, non-stop stenciling demos at So Flo Cake & Candy Expo since Friday. And, with one more day still to go in the expo, I need to reserve my energy (and maximize sleep) for tomorrow. I hope you will understand! The Spotlight will resume on next Saturday, May 6. (Thanks for your patience.) In the meantime, I leave you with a few images of my stencil booth and...Read More...

Site Downtime on April 28, Tomorrow!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! My site tech guys ( Strata) will be doing routine maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of ensuring and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for April 28, 2017, from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. During this maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection should be functioning normally for the vast majority of the...Read More...
Hi, cookiers, I was wondering if anyone would be happy to share a little informaton about their design process? I find I procrastinate putting a large set together, as I often decorate as I go, and am a little scared to start sometimes in case I dont like the design I do. I am sure there's a better way! Do you tend to sketch first and come up with the full design before you start, or do you finalise the small details as you go? For small sets (i.e., set of 3), I tend to have a plan, but for...Read More...
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Icing Transfers and Air Pockets

Hey, y'all! I've been having troubles with transfers causing unsightly air pockets when I drop them in wet icing. It usually happens with larger pieces. When I set them down at first it's perfect! After 5 minutes or so this horrid air pocket emerges at an edge. It completely ruins my gorgeous cookie. I've tried setting an edge down and slowly allowing it to set down all the way . . . dropping it flat . . . piping icing on the back of the transfer and then applying. There's no one guaranteed...Read More...
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How to Travel with 3-D Name Cookies

Dena's Sweet Delights
Hi, everyone, I have a customer who ordered 3-D name cookies (like the image below, embellishments and all). I've done this before for a customer who was not traveling far. However, this client wants the cookies the night before she travels 50+ miles by car to a wedding. My concern is that they risk breaking while she is en route or the letters separate for some reason. Does anyone have any idea on a way to pack these to ensure they arrive to the site in one piece? Any help is much appreciated!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Best Shipping Service for Insurance Claims?

Hello! I have been making decorated cookies for over a year, shipping about a third of them. One particular repeat customer has ordered six times in that period and two of her orders have arrived with damaged cookies (no other customers have reported damage). The first order's shipping and insurance was purchased through Etsy, and USPS paid the claim with no issues; the second was through Shipsaver and they want to close my case because they consider cookies to be an excluded item, so I'm...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

Using a Cookie Cutter to Make a Design

Does anyone have any tips for using a cookie cutter that makes a design? I've put an example below. It's very simple, but I'm using it in lieu of the actual cookie cutter I want to buy because that one is a licensed character. So, for example, if one were to fill the entire cookie with the light brown, is there a way to then use the smaller pieces to mark where you should put the dark brown? The only thing I can think of is tracing them with a food-safe marker, but I was wondering if I'm...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post
Hi! I have successfully frozen fully decorated cookies before, but never with luster dust. Specifically, I am painting polka dots on these cookies using Rolkem Gold/Bacardi 151 and a paintbrush (on dried royal icing). I'm worried the freezing/thawing process could somehow affect (smudge, maybe?) the gold polka dots. Has anyone done this? Thanks!Read More...
Last Reply By BAKRGAL aka Barb Florin · First Unread Post

Upcoming Cookie Connection Posting Schedule

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just an FYI: I will be out of town next weekend and also the following weekend for Easter. That being said, there will be no Spotlight next weekend (April 8/9), but I will try to resume on Easter Sunday when I return from my trip. (If I don't, you'll know I decided to take the holiday completely off! ) Also, the next Practice Bakes Perfect challenge is still targeted to post on April 8 (or 9, depending on my travel schedule), and a wonderful Cookier Close-up should post before then...Read More...
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Meet Our April Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
Wow! Can it really almost be April? I've accomplished a small fraction of what I set out to do this year, and it's already one quarter of the way over. Yikes! I don't know how everyone here does all that they do?!! It's truly incredible to view the volume of wonderful work that so many of you produce, day in and day out. And our monthly site artists are no different - they continue to impress and delight with each of their monthly posts. If you have even a shadow of a doubt, just take a look...Read More...
Last Reply By Dulce Mundo de Yami · First Unread Post

A Bittersweet Goodbye and Happy Hello!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I'm not sure if you've had an opportunity to catch @Dolce Sentire's recent tutorial ( here ), but I encourage you to do so for at least a couple of reasons. First, it's a great tutorial, as always. But, second (and this is where the "bitter" part of "bittersweet" comes in), she reveals in it that she'll be leaving her position of site contributor, effective immediately. The "sweet" part is: she's got lots of other great cookie opportunities awaiting her! While I'm...Read More...
Last Reply By swissophie · First Unread Post
Hi all, I bake for the military in my spare time. I have a friend who helps and we crank out the cookies. Right now we are getting 2500 Easter cookies ready for an AF (air force) base in TX. My question is: is it ok to freeze after baking and again after decorating? Does this affect how long the cookies will be fresh? I ship flat rate, and it's usually 3 days, but I'd like to ship overseas and that can take 8-21 days. Doing large volume as we do, it kills us to do 4 days of 8-12 hour...Read More...
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Live Chat on Saturday, March 25 with Dany Lind

Julia M. Usher
If you weren't fortunate enough to hang with Dany at CookieCon last weekend, well, you're in luck - we're hosting her for a live chat this coming Saturday! Please mark your calendars. And, if you can't make the chat, please hop on over to her chat room and enter any advance questions now. Dany will answer all advance and live questions during live chat time. Thanks! Hope to "see" you there! P.S. And here's that link to Dany's chat room again: http://cookieconnection.juliau...lind-of-dany-s-cakesRead More...

Colors Bleeding - Please Help! I've Tried Everything!

So take a look at the terrible bleeding in the picture. I've tried everything to stop this problem. In the example, the eyes were wet on wet, so I kind of expected some bleeding from the black into the white (although I'd love to know how to fix this), but then the eyes were left to set for 24 hours before the orange nose was done. After the nose was added I put the cookies in a dehydrator for 15-20 minutes and then left them out to set again. The picture you see is the cookie two days after...Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post
Attention: Cookie decorators in Texas! This bill (more info below) never made it out of committee two years ago. It has been introduced again this year and needs your support. Please call your representatives and tell them you support this bill. Here is a list of representatives in Texas: Chair - "Four" Price , Amarillo (512) 463-0470 Vice Chair - J.D. Sheffield , Gatesville (512) 463-0628 Diana Arévalo , San Antonio (512) 463-0616 Cindy Burkett , Garland (512) 463-0464 Garnet Coleman ,...Read More...
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Saturday Spotlight Update

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a heads up that it's taking me longer than envisioned to write the CookieCon 2017 Sugar Show recap, the subject of this week's Spotlight. (There were lots of awards categories, and thus there are lots of great photos to load!) It's unlikely I will finish it tonight, so stay tuned for a release later this weekend.Read More...

Julia's March Stencil Release!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's mid-March (my, how time flies!) and once again the occasion for the grand reveal of my latest Prettier Plaques TM stencils . If you haven't yet heard about my new line, introduced at the end of 2016 and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding four new five-stencil sets, including my March Stencil of the Month , to my growing line. All sets are also sold as separates to give you maximum purchasing flexibility. As a...Read More...

Farmers' Market Help

Cookie Lovin Mom
Hi! My state and county allow farmers' market sales, and county also now allows home baked goods. However, you have to choose farmers' market selling or direct from home. Not both. The farmers' market allows up to $36,000 in sales, however we cannot sell from home; and at farmers' market under same entity. So I am considering selling at farmers' market. Does anyone have any tips or feedback on how you do farmers' markets, since I cannot sell from home with custom orders? Would love advice!!Read More...
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Big Cookie Order Tips

Hi, cookie decorators, I have an order of 1800 cookies; the due date is in 9 days, & I am trying to figure out the most effective way to do it in right time, without spending my nights awake LOL. Earlier, I did 600 pieces in only 3 days but I was late in the delivery. I really don't want that experience again. Please give me your advice.Read More...
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Great Time at CookieCon 2017!

Big Cookie Dream
I'm a newbie cookier and this was my first CookieCon. It was a lot of fun. The sponsors were very generous. I've learned so much and now I need to figure out which techniques to practice first. I did purchase some of Julia's stencils so that will be at the top of the list. I made two cookies for CookieTown. My first attempt at something like this.Read More...
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CookieCon 2017 Coverage in Full Swing!

Julia M. Usher
In case you missed my previous announcements here, our CookieCon 2017 coverage is now in full swing! Thanks to @Beverly Parker, and other members who have posted their contributions to the CookieCon Cookie Town Collaboration, you can see a photo diary of the event in our "CookieCon Coverage" clip set here . And, thanks to @Econlady, who's been going a mile a minute so as not to miss ANYTHING, you read read her daily CookieCon journal here . Enjoy! And, once...Read More...
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Mark Your Calendars for Our March Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! Mark your calendars for our next live chat on March 25. Over the course of the next few to several months, I'll be chatting (and conducting Cookier Close-up interviews) with all of the CookieCon 2017 instructors with whom I've never done these things before! First up, is the lovely Dany Lind of Dany's Cakes (and cookies!) in the Lewiston/Auburn area of Maine, USA. In this chat, we'll explore Dany's distinctive piped, dimensional cookie work and get the lowdown on her experience as...Read More...

One-Stroke Painting

Hello Everyone! I would like to ask if there is anyone who is familiar with one stroke painting or ever tried on a cookie this technique. Last week I attended a painting course and would like to try this technique on cookies. So far I was able to come up only with this: I would like to improve with a lot of practice but cant figure out how to use food color as a paint for this special technique. On the course that I have attended we used acrylic paint, but obviously on cookies I would like...Read More...
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