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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


Summer is still in full swing at my house. The lazy, hazy (and hot!) days have taken hold. Our stream of visitors has slowed so we're back to just me, my husband, and two badly behaved dogs. As a result, I'm not spending too much time in the kitchen. I'm finding other ways to enjoy myself while staying cool and relaxed. Like sitting in the air conditioning, sipping a cold beverage and looking at cookie clips!

This week's hot list* has such variety. Plenty of sparkle, sweetness, and bling! It really has something for everyone.

So, let's get started!

#1: Watermelon Cookies by Art of Cookies (I love the many creative ways that @Art of Cookies has incorporated the watermelon theme into this set.)
#1 - Watermelon Cookies by Art of Cookies

#2: Barbie by Di Art Sweets (This set is so immediately on trend that we decided to feature it as this week's cover art. Congratulations, @Di Art Sweets!)
#2 - Barbie

#3: For Birthday by Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI (This heart is pure artistry. Well done, @Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI!)
#3 - For Birthday by Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIENIKI

#4: Jewelry by KUMIKO KISHI (These jewels look so real; they surely caused the lucky cookie recipient to do a double take. Delightful designs, @KUMIKO KISHI.)
#4 - Jewelry by KUMIKO KISHI

#5: Wedding Cookies by The Cookie Fantasy (This lovely set, first posted in 2021, has over 2,100 views and is still on a healthy upward trend. Congratulations, @The Cookie Fantasy!)
#5 - Wedding Cookies by The Cookie Fantasy

#6: Narozeninová Párty (aka Birthday Party) by Dita (This set is so much fun. It certainly seems like a good time will be had at this birthday gathering. Nice work, @Dita.)
#6 - Narozeninova party by Dita

#7: Svatební Srdce na Výstavu (aka Wedding Hearts on Display) by Dita (These beautiful hearts mark @Dita's second appearance in this week's Spotlight. Congratulations!)
#7 - Svatebni srdce na vystavu by Dita

#8: Oktoberfest! by D&S (Though I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, @D&S's set is an adorable and beautifully piped reminder that fall will be here soon!)
#8 - Oktoberfest! by D&S

#9: Sunflower for Manu by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. (This week is the second one in a row that this beauty has been highlighted. Congratulations, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. This cookie bouquet was an entry in our last Watch-Learn-Create Challenge. You can read a recap of the challenge here.)
#9 - Sunflower for Manu by Ryoko-Cookie Ave

#10: Under the Sea by Heather Bruce Sosa (There's something fishy about this super cute set! Great job, @Heather Bruce Sosa.)
#10 - Under the Sea by Heather Bruce Sosa

How's that for cool, summer fun?!

I hope you too are finding ways to keep it sweet and beat the heat during summer's final stretch.

Have a great week! ~ Lisa

[EDITOR'S HOUSEKEEPING NOTE: I am traveling to Morocco next Saturday, August 12, not returning until Sunday, August 20. That being said, there will be no Spotlight this coming weekend. Lisa has promised to write one for the following weekend, but it may be Monday, August 13 before I can get it posted. Wish me luck - it's 111°F in Fez today and projected to be about the same next week, and I'm not sure the riad we rented has air-conditioning! ~ JMU]

* 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.


Lisa Foss is a hobbyist cookie decorator. After careers in corporate communications and freelance writing, she  spent more than a decade at various soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and prison reentry programs throughout New York City. Lisa’s cookie journey began in 2011 when she started making gingerbread houses. After getting a handle on construction, she focused on improving her decorating skills through books, videos, and online tutorials. This exploration brought her to Cookie Connection, which has provided her with an incredible community to learn from and grow with. Though she enjoys making cookies for family and friends, Lisa’s main focus is cookies for charity. For more information about Lisa and her work, please check out her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Byline photo credit: Shutterstock

Note: Saturday Spotlight is a weekly Cookie Connection blog feature written alternately by Lisa Foss and Julia M. Usher. Its primary intent is to cast a spotlight on the week's top-trending cookie posts, as determined automatically by the site algorithms described above. This article expresses the views of the author, and not necessarily those of this site, its owners, its administrators, or its employees. To see all of Cookie Connection's past Saturday Spotlights, click here.


Images (11)
  • Top 10 Cookies Banner - August 5, 2023: Cookies and Photo by Di Art Sweets; Graphic Design by Julia M Usher
  • #1 - Watermelon Cookies: By Art of Cookies
  • #2 - Barbie: By Di Art Sweets
  • #3 - For Birthday: By Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI
  • #4 - Jewelry: By KUMIKO KISHI
  • #5 - Wedding Cookies: By The Cookie Fantasy
  • #6 - Narozeninová Párty (aka Birthday Party): By Dita
  • #7 - Svatební Srdce na Výstavu (aka Wedding Hearts on Display): By Dita
  • #8 - Oktoberfest!: By D&S
  • #9 - Sunflower for Manu: By Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.
  • #10 - Under the Sea: By Heather Bruce Sosa

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Thanks for another terrific Spotlight, @LisaF! What an eclectic and fun collection this week! Honorees, I will get you "I was featured" badges in a few hours. I'm going to take a break for dinner and a movie!

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