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Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! So I got your attention, didn't I?! Good, because I wanted to remind you that, as always, I'll be sponsoring and judging my namesake cookie decorating competition at this year's Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show , aka OSSAS, on September 28-30, 2018. It's the show's 25th anniversary, so founder and host Kerry Vincent is surely going to pull out all the stops! And so should you! It's not too early to start designing your competition entry! Attached is a screen shot of the competition prizes...Read More...
Hi, all! I'm super excited to introduce our next live chat, not only because the featured guest, Chris Taylor, is a fierce competitive baker, but also because this chat marks the first in my CookieCon 2018 interview series! Woo hoo! Over the next few months, my aim is to conduct live chats and in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews with all of the fabulous core presenters on the CookieCon 2018 roster. If you're not familiar with CookieCon, it's the country's biggest cookie-only convention and...Read More...
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Hey, all, as you may know, I will be at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo later this month, demoing both my stencils and my new airbrush system. I expect to have some awesome show deals for you too, like the ones pictured here: I'll be located in Booth #200 in plain view, very close to the front doors. I hope to see you there! I also wanted to alert you to the show's cookie competition, which I am judging along with Amber Spiegel (SweetAmbs) and Sandie Beltran (You Can Call Me Sweetie). It's got a...Read More...
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Hi, all! I just got an email from the casting agency for Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge, and they are already casting for this year's series, believe it or not. Here's what the casting letter said: "Our casting team is currently searching nationwide for the best cookie makers in the country to put their skills to the ultimate test in a fun holiday cookie competition. Do you make flawless florentines, magnificent madeleines, and perfect pinwheels? If cookies is your calling, this...Read More...
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Say Hello to Our April Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Super HUGE thanks to @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. for sparing us all the tedium of having to see my stenciled cookies in the banner and backdrop again this month! And for sparing us with such a marvelously whimsical banner in her signature story-telling style . . . They're an absolutely adorable pair, aren't they?! As you probably know by now, Ryoko is a veteran site submitter, having already been featured a few times. So in lieu of doing another Cookier Close-up with her this month, I'm...Read More...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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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More Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! Got your attention again! As it turns out, I'm sponsoring and judging another great cookie competition this year at the Show Me Sweets Cake & Candy Convention , on September 8-9, 2018 in St. Charles, Missouri. This show is only one year old, but it generated an impressive turnout for the cookie competition last year, and it only promises to be even better this year. So far, over $2500 in cash and prizes has been donated for four categories in the cookie competition. For more...Read More...

Best Way to Package Party Favor Cookies?

54mama
Hi all, I'm making cookie favors for my babysitter's wedding shower and trying to sort out the best way to package them. I owe her my sanity and want these to be really special. Each guest will get two 3" diameter cookies. Normally I heat-seal my cookies in 2 mil poly bags, but they don't lend well to adding a bow (the plastic is too thick I think). So, first question...do I put each cookie is its own bag? Or layer them together in one bag? And then, do any of you heat seal and then add...Read More...
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New to Royal Icing...

I am a newbie to using frosting sheets and basically icing cookies in general, other than with my kids for the holidays, so I have what many might think is a silly question . . . when I decorate cookies with my kids and make “icing”, I have always used a recipe that I found online with confectionary sugar, milk and corn syrup. It ends up shiny and quite thin. I am looking to decorate my cookies and have more of the thick non-shiny look - what I typically see under an icing or frosting sheet...Read More...
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New Member Moderation Practices

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Due to an unfortunate rash of spam/fake members signing up for the site since January 2018, I am moving to a new system of moderating new member signups. In the past, everyone who signed up for Cookie Connection automatically had access to the site, without any moderation/review by me. However, this process has (recently) allowed a large number of fake members (10 to 20 per day) to join, and has created an ENORMOUS amount of cleanup for me - about 1 or more hours each day to delete...Read More...
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CookieCon 2018 Sugar Show Categories Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! If you're going to CookieCon (the country's largest cookie decorating convention) in September, they recently announced their Sugar Show (cookie decorating competition) categories, as described above. This show, and others like it, are often a great way to push your skills to new heights, regardless of whether you win any prize. For more information about the event, please visit the CookieCon site .Read More...
Photo and Graphic Design by LilaLoa; Permission Granted to Post Here Hi, everyone! I just wanted to alert you that @LilaLoa (aka Georganne Bell) has a new "Expert Q&A" feature on her blog, where she asks a panel of cookiers (yours truly included) a different question each month. This month, it was all about rolling cookie dough ! It's been fun to formulate my answers and to read the sometimes very different responses from the others. (Just when you think you've...Read More...
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Going Organic and Beyond!

Hey! My first post here so hopefully I'm in the right space. I've been an on-again off-again cookie decorator for probably around 6 years or more. I'm ready to take it up a notch and start working on a business. Though practice is the main thing I need right now, I'm also in desperate need of business planning, pricing, etc. In any case, where I've decided to start is ingredients, and I would absolutely love to make my creations as organic and humanely sourced as possible! While costco...Read More...
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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 www.cookiecon.com , 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: http://www.cookiecon.net/registration-tips.php To read more about CookieCon and to...Read More...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

Easter Stencil Sale Alert!

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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...
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Thank You

Manu
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...
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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...
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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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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
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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