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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


I am so thrilled with the cookies that have been trending on Cookie Connection this week. We have all sorts of celebrations. We also have color, texture, and dimension. Though this may be my personal interpretation, we also have a reminder of the super power of cookies!

However you look at this week's hot list*, I'm sure you'll agree that it's a scrumptious delight. Let's get to it . . .

#1: Halloween Mugs by Maggy Morales (Julia and I absolutely adore @Maggy Morales' soft spin on the traditionally bold black-and-orange Halloween palette. So much so, in fact, that we chose this set as this week's cover image! Plus, with Halloween fast approaching, we felt compelled to showcase this super cute set more broadly. Congrats to Maggy!)
#1 - Halloween Mugs by Maggy Morales

#2: Blooming Orchid by Icingsugarkeks (These handpainted orchids are so darn stunning; they easily pass for the real thing! Great work, @Icingsugarkeks!)
#2 - Blooming Orchid by icingsugarkeks

#3: Floral Birthday by Vero (Very Vero) (I love the variety of vessels that @Vero (Very Vero) used for these beautiful bouquets. And the flowers - how incredibly lush!)
#3 - Floral Birthday

#4: Curiosities by Susie Jacobs (Today's Spotlight is the second to feature @Susie Jacobs' CookieCon entry - and with good reason! The details are amazing!)
#4 - Curiosities by Susie Jacob

#5: Baby Angel by Skilful Cook (This precious angel is an absolute work of art. Zoom in to check out @Skilful Cook's detailed shading and contouring.)
#5 - Baby Angel by Skilful Cook

#6: Trick or Treat by Mary Kraft (Congratulations, @Mary Kraft, for having your Halloween cuties spotlighted for the second week in a row!)
#6 - Trick or Treat by Mary Kraft

#7: Bride Luxury Box by cookiebouquets (Such an elegant 3-D keepsake! I'm especially drawn to the contrast between the bare cookies and the detailed white piping. Wonderful work, @cookiebouquets.)
#7 - Bride Luxury Box by cookiebouquets

#8: Super Hero Comic by Montserrat Esquivel (This colorful set is, as the comics say, "Wow! Super! Awesome!" @Montserrat Esquivel nailed it! "Bam!")
#8 - Super Hero Comic by Montserrat Esquivel

#9: Parnassus on Wheels by Susie Jacobs (A huge shout-out to @Susie Jacobs for her second appearance on this week's hot list! This delightful 3-D piece was trending high and spotlighted last week as well.)
#9 - Parnassus by Wheels by Susie Jacobs

#10: Virgen de Guadalupe by Montserrat Esquivel (This charmer is @Montserrat Esquivel's second cookie to be featured this week. In striking contrast to her super hero set, it demonstrates Montserrat's versatility.)
#10 - Virgen de Guadalupe by Montserrat

Such an impressive collection, don't you think? This week's Halloween cookies (and all of the pumpkins that are popping up in roadside markets, grocery stores, and just about everywhere in town) are a reminder that I need to start planning for some promised seasonal treats!

I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and inspiring week!

* 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. 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.


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  • Top 10 Cookies Banner - September 16, 2023: Cookies and Photo by Maggy Morales; Graphic Design by Julia M Usher
  • #1 - Halloween Mugs: By Maggy Morales
  • #2 - Blooming Orchid: By Icingsugarkeks
  • #3 - Floral Birthday: By Vero (Very Vero)
  • #4 - Curiosities: By Susie Jacobs
  • #5 - Baby Angel: By Skilful Cook
  • #6 - Trick or Treat: By Mary Kraft
  • #7 - Bride Luxury Box: By cookiebouquets
  • #8 - Super Hero Comic: By Montserrat Esquivel
  • #9 - Parnassus on Wheels: By Susie Jacobs
  • #10 - Virgen de Guadalupe: By Montserrat Esquivel

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Nice roundup, @LisaF, and congrats to everyone featured. You'll find your "I was featured" badges in a private message from me here on Cookie Connection!

Great cookie mixture! Thank you for allowing my cookies to be part of it.❤️ I feel very honored and at the same time congratulate all the other featured artists for your wonderful cookies!!
Thank you Lisa for your job @LisaF  Thank you for this possibility @Julia M. Usher

Congrats @Maggy Morales   @Vero (Very Vero)   @Susie Jacobs   @Skilful Cook   @Mary Kraft   @cookiebouquets   @Montserrat Esquivel

wow, it's so beautiful. You are like an artist, I always try to decorate cakes into such cute shapes, because my children love them, but my shapes are a bit not beautiful. Seeing your article gives me more motivation to continue trying, thank you free enneagram test very much

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