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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


At my house, we've had so much fun these past few months. It has been the first stretch since the pandemic that a season has felt completely familiar. Now . . . summer is wrapping up. (Heavy theatrical sigh!) I'll be the first to make fun of my melodramatic assessment because fall gives us so much to celebrate. And I am definitely all in!

This week's hot list* is in sync with the collections we've had over the past couple of weeks. The photos in it span a range of original post dates and all sorts of themes. If there's one way to sum them up, it's hippos, hippies, and ho-ho-ho!

And away we go!

#1: Hippo Beach Party! by The Vintage Cookie Jar (These charmers are so absolutely delightful. I just love their chill expressions! Congratulations, @The Vintage Cookie Jar.)
#2 - Hippo Beach Party!

#2: Gingerbread Heart for Birthday by @Marta Kracíková (It's the second week in a row that this stunner by @Marta Kracíková has been featured! I'm sure you can all see why!)
#1 - Gingerbread heart for Birthday by Marta Kracikova

#3: Hippies Párty (aka Hippie Party) by Dita (This set is continuing to spread good vibes by also appearing in our Spotlight for a second week in a row. Great job, @Dita!)
#3 - Hippies Party [aka Hippie Party)

#4: A Fun Windmill Project by Cookies Fantastique (@Cookies Fantastique has provided a number of photos and instructions for how she created this fun project, so check out her original post under the first pink link above. Many thanks, Carol!)
#4 - A Fun Windmill Project by Cookies Fantastique

#5: Hi, Baby! by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. (@Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. has also provided additional detail on how she created this super cute set. Again, to see her remarks, just click on the first pink link above, and then scroll down to the comments under her post.)
#5 - Hi Baby! by Ryoko~Cookie Ave.

#6: 1, 2 , 3 . . . 25 December! by Di Art Sweets (This set from last year is currently making a reappearance. A bit of Christmas in September never hurts! Each cookie is an inspiration in itself. Wonderful work, @Di Art Sweets!)
#6 - 1,2,3...25 December by Di Art Sweets

#7: Back to School! by Di Art Sweets (This adorable set is very much of the moment and marks @Di Art Sweets' second appearance in this week's Spotlight.)
#7 - Back to School! by Di Art Sweets

#8: College Bound by Joanna Manuel (These monochrome gems are filled with hopes and dreams. @Joanna Manuel shares some background in her comments.)
#8 - College Bound by Joanna Manuel

#9: Princess Baby by The Cookie Fantasy (This incredibly cute set was first posted several years ago and is being recognized for the second week running. Congratulations again, @The Cookie Fantasy.)
#9 - Princess Baby by The Cookie Fantasy

#10: Surfin' Safari by kns93 (This groovy set was also featured last week and is still hanging ten - which is one of the reasons Julia and I decided to feature it as the cover image this time! It's also says so long to summer so colorfully! Awesome job, @kns93!)
#10 - Surfin' Safari by kns93

How's that for variety?! It's definitely helping me wrap up the summer with only good vibes!

If you are in need of more good vibes, check out @Aproned Artist's most recent Every Little Detail tutorial. It's quite incredible - you absolutely do not want to miss it!

I hope you have a safe and happy week ahead!

Until next time . . .

* 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 focused her attention on the nonprofit sector. 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.

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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 - September 2, 2023: Cookies and Photo by kns93; Graphic Design by Julia M Usher
  • #1 - Hippo Beach Party!: By The Vintage Cookie Jar
  • #2 - Gingerbread Heart for Birthday: By Marta Kracíková
  • #3 - Hippies Párty (aka Hippie Party): By Dita
  • #4 - A Fun Windmill Project: By Cookies Fantastique
  • #5 - Hi, Baby!: By Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.
  • #6 - 1, 2, 3 . . . 25 December!: By Di Art Sweets
  • #7 - Back to School!: By Di Art Sweets
  • #8 - College Bound: By Joanna Manuel
  • #9 - Princess Baby: By The Cookie Fantasy
  • #10 - Surfin' Safari: By kns93

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Hi @LisaF  I had no idea you were writing this blog, while I am not here, many things are changed.  Thank you for your time for us. 

And, I am in! ❤️ Wow, thank you cookiers who like my cookies.  It was fun and so exciting to design and bake cookies while imagining how I was going to surprise the parents of the baby.

First of all my dough was soooo soft, I thought that's because of weather but luckily I found out I added only a half of flour that I was supposed to add..... then once I started decorating cookies, icing, my hand and my eyes just do not work as I expected.  But I am still in, thank you all.   I need time to practice and should make cookies during daytime before my eyes start seeing things double of everything... one line looks like two lines and I thought everything was just in center but it was not.... (you know what, I do not see "money" double whenever I look at them, digits are the same)

And congrats to all who are featured.  They are sooo pretty and carefully decorated.  I am amazed. 

So many different shapes. Creative and very aesthetic. I like the samples you shared. Surely I should also come up with ideas to create beautiful molds geometry dash

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