Some judge the onset of summer by the number of people in line at the local Snow Cone stand. Others know it's here by the labored "oomph" of their air conditioners as they kick into high gear, or by the mass exodus from city to shore that ritualistically takes place at the end of each week. Pre-Cookie Connection, I used to rely on all of these things. But now, the surest gauge that summer has arrived is the number of beach-y themed cookies hitting my computer screen!
Like bathers flocking to cool coastlines, cookies inundated our photo feeds this week. Sea creatures, sand, outdoor sports, flowers, Practice Bakes Perfect challenge entries . . . you'll see them all in today's hot list*.
But before the big reveal, a few housekeeping notes: Savor this Spotlight, as I'll be on vacation next week and won't be posting while I'm away. (I've promised my husband a minimum of computer time!) The next Spotlight will be the official recap of our second Practice Bakes Perfect challenge on July 12. Now, onto what you've been waiting for . . . enjoy!
#1: Silver Spoons and Ice Cream Sundaes by the cocoa cakery
#2: Under the Sea by Killer Zebras
#3: Ocean Life by Eileen McGinley at Manchester Ovens
#4: Mint and Beige Summer Cookies by mintlemonade
#5: Paseo en Bici Cookie by Las Dulzuritas de Glo
#6: Pool Party by Emma's Sweets
#7: Hearts for Summer by AnikÓ VargÁnÉ OrbÁn
#8: Flowers on a White Base by Yankee Girl Yummies
#9: I Love Summer! by Roll Your Own Cookie
#10: Seashell Cookies by Bella Sucre
* As a reminder, a word about how the 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. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos 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 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.