Saturday Spotlight: Best of the Blog

 

SURPRISE! I've decided to change things up in this Spotlight! While the photos on this site are always fab, they have a way of overshadowing our equally fabulous blog content. Raise your hand if the first place you check when you come to Cookie Connection is the "Clips" section . . .

Yes, I thought so . . . I am a creature of that same habit too. Well, this week, I hope to turn around that trend by reacquainting you with the massive amount of quality information on our blog - thanks to our many talented contributors who started writing for the site as early as 2013! This week, I'm featuring the ten top-trending* blog posts over the last 24 hours, excluding any Saturday Spotlights featuring photos. So, in other words, what you're about to see are the day's most popular articles, recaps, and tutorials.

Dig in, and prepare to be enriched by the many words of wisdom, clever decorating tips, and business insights peppered throughout these posts. And, please say thank you to our contributors, past and present, along the way! This site would not be the valuable resource it is if not for their hard work. Special congrats to @Liesbet for having four featured posts - her in-depth ingredient tests are as popular today as when she first wrote them!

(P.S. If you see any weird formatting in earlier posts, i.e., 2015 or prior, such as missing photos or extra line breaks, I apologize. When our site changed to its current photo-centric mode a few years ago, the formatting of some older posts got messed up, and I simply haven't had the time or resources to fix these things. All the same great content is still there, however.)

#1: The Rise of The Cookiepreneur - and A Challenge! by Wacky Cookies
#1 - The Rise of The Cookiepreneur - and A Challenge! by Wacky Cookies

#2: Every Little Detail with Aproned Artist - Dot Mandala by Aproned Artist
#2 - Every Little Detail with Aproned Artist - Dot Mandala by Aproned Artist

#3: Toolbox Talk - Shortening by Liesbet
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#4: Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #39 Recap by Sweet Prodigy
#4 - Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #39 Recap by Sweet Prodigy

#5: Toolbox Talk - Cream of Tartar by Liesbet
#5: Toolbox Talk - Cream of Tartar

#6: Made by Manu - Tropical Arrangement Cookie Platter by Manu
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#7: Toolbox Talk - Corn Syrup in Royal Icing by Liesbet#7 - Toolbox Talk - Corn Syrup in Royal Icing by Liesbet

#8: Marketing Your Cookie Business by Michelle Green#8 - Marketing Your Cookie Business by Michelle Green

#9: Handpainted Rose Cookie - A Tutorial by Dolce Sentire - Aixa Zunino
#9 - Handpainted Rose Cookie - A Tutorial by Dolce Sentire - Aixa Zunino

And, once again, Liesbet!

#10: Toolbox Talk - Food Coloring by Liesbet#10 - Toolbox Talk - Food Coloring by Liesbet

Now, if these posts don't keep you busy reading for a while, remember: there's plenty more great information where this all came from! Please jump on over to our blog and catch all of our latest content, as well as past posts organized under the collections to the right. Have a great rest of the weekend!

* As a reminder, a word about how the Saturday Spotlight rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo (or post). The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos (or posts) are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos (or content) are added to the site.

So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.

All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.

To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.

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Thank you, Julia. I got truly inspired by the fellow cookiers that wrote tutorials on Cookie Connection before me and by the many blogs of all the contributors that have been collaborating since this site was born. I remember reading everything and being hungry to learn more. I am so glad you gave me this opportunity, and honored to be in this Top Ten. 

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It's a great idea! I have to admit honestly, I have not looked at the blog posts until now (except for the ones that have appeared here since I joined) and I only looked for something once (crakle technique) In my case, it's really the clips - the cookies - that I'm looking at. I see I have to pay more attention to the blog posts!!!
WONDERFUL!!
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