Boom! Bang! Bam!
Yeah, those were the sounds of the fireworks that went off in my head as I saw one after another great cookie pop onto this week's hot list.* After I faked you out last week, I thought it only fair that I showcase some of the patriotic cookies that have been flooding the site recently. Plus, we're still in the middle of a long Fourth of July weekend here in the US, so these cookies seem appropriately festive!
Immediately above is just a wee sampling from the hot list, which included everything from red, white, and blue bunting to a technicolor Statue of Liberty, with no shortage of stars and stripes in between!
Read on to see the complete Top 10, and while you do, please take a few moments to congratulate this week's deserving winners.
#1: Gearing Up For The Fourth! (aka Cookie Flag Pendant) by Yankee Girl Yummies
#2: Celebrating Canada Day, West Coast-Style by Sherrene of The Sugar Tree
#3: Fourth of July! by Tricia Z of The Cookie Loft Girls
#4: The Land Of The Free by Whisked Away Cookies
#5: Happy Fourth of July! (aka There's No Passion Without Colors) by Anna of Cookies Unleashed!
#6: Patriotic Lace by Amy Clough'D 9
#7: Patriotic Barn Star Cookies by Mike @ Semi Sweet
#8: Light Up The Night Sky! by Gigi's Fresh Baked
#9: Home Is Where The Heart Is by Sweet Melissa's Cookies
#10: 4th of July! by The Bungalow Baker
* 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. But what you see here is who was hottest over the previous week at the time of this post!
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.