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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...
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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...
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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...
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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Hi, all, I just wanted to alert you that the Sixth Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale is now open for registrations, meaning that if you're interested in donating cookies to the cause, you can now sign up to do so. You can also register to be a volunteer at the event. As a reminder, this event (October 13-15, 2017) raises funds to fuel research into childhood cancer. Since its inception, it has raised over $110,000 for the cause through generous decorated cookie donations that then get...Read More...

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...
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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...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy - Christine · First Unread Post

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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Yogurt Royal Icing

Kimberlie
I know this site has nothing to do with dogs, but I make human and dog cookies all the time. I see dog cookies with yogurt icing that dries hard all the time in stores, some not so good. I'd like to start making my own but I can't find much info on the subject. I'm thinking if I could get one that works well that I can flood and pipe with it could even be a healthy alternative for humans. If anyone knows anything I am all ears and thank you for putting up with my silly questions.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
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...

Wood vs. Marble Rolling Pins

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loco_meow
Lately no matter how good I flour my wooden rolling pin, my dough seems to stick when I'm rolling it out. I was wondering, instead of having to keep adding flour, does a marble rolling pin work any better? I apologize if this already has a thread. I looked and looked and could not find it discussed. Hoping I didn't overlook something.Read More...
Last Reply By Galletas Artísticas Arely · First Unread Post

Food-Safe Paint Brushes for Children to Paint Cookies

Hello, I am making some paint-your-own cookies for some preschoolers. It's the first time I have used this technique. I think I remember reading a while ago about some food grade paint brushes to include with the cookies. Each child will get his/her own paint brush and palette. However, other than the sets that come in all different sizes, I can't seem to find any. I read through the posts on here and don't see any mention of using brushes that are food-safe. Is it safe to just use new clean...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
I'm just curious what size tip everyone uses to flood their cookies. I've always used a size 5 tip. When I went to visit Hayley of HayleyCakes and Cookies, she was flooding with a tip 10; it was waaayyyyy faster. The problem I'm running into with using a larger tip is that I have way more air bubbles than when I use a smaller one.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...
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Glaze Icing

GeminiRJ
This is the only icing I use. I love that all the ingredients are pantry staples and easily bought at any grocery store (with the exception of the white food color, which is an optional ingredient). This icing will dry firm to the touch, but remain...Read More...
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Meringue Powder vs. Color Flow Comparisons Requested

For my first ingredient purchase, I opted for Wilton Color Flow because it was less expensive, and had fewer odd and difficult to pronounce ingredients than meringue powder (MP). Did a bit of research and learned that MP also has cream of tartar, so when I made my first batch by the MP royal icing (RI) recipe inside the lid, I shorted the 3T Color Flow measurement by 1T and added 1T of cream of tartar.  Everything turned out just fine and I was able to practice flood many MANY cookies...Read More...
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