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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


Hi, everyone! I'm giving @LisaF a well-deserved break from Spotlights this weekend! (I hope I can measure up to the great standard she's set in my absence!)

I also hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I was thrilled to be able to find time to do something I love almost as much as cookie decorating - setting a festive table! Even the rain couldn't deter me! The dried hydrangea and bittersweet in the tablescape below were stealthily clipped from my neighbor's yard during an all-day torrential downpour. I looked like a drowned rat by the time I was done, but my table definitely looked sharper with the added botanical accents!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Though I digress . . . back to the matter at hand: this week's hot list!* With themes straddling fall and winter, our Spotlightees seem (dare I say) a bit indecisive! πŸ˜‰ But, whether sporting autumn leaves and pumpkins or Santas and snowmen, each and every cookie on this Top 10 list is a true delight! I was especially enamored with the bold beauty of @Gingerland's black-and-white rubber-stamped advent calendar, which sits in this week’s cover spot. Congrats to Berni and our other nine honorees pictured below!

#1: Kočička k Prvním NarozeninÑm (aka First Birthday Kitty) by Dita
#1 - Kočička k Prvním NarozeninÑm (aka First Birthday Kitty) by Dita

#2: Advent Calendar (2023) by Gingerland
#2 - Advent Calendar (2023) by Gingerland

#3: Ladybug by yokko
#3 - Ladybug by yokko

#4: Snowmen by Sweet Smiles
#4 - Snowmen by Sweet Smiles

#5: Fall Flavors by Zeena
#5 - Fall Flavors by Zeena

#6: Amigos NavideΓ±os by The Sweet Cake House by Dany
#6 - Amigos NavideΓ±os by The Sweet Cake House by Dany

#7: Handpainted Santa by Tina at Sugar Wishes
#7 - Handpainted Santa by Tina at Sugar Wishes

#8: Fall Leaves by Gloriabakes
#8 - Fall Leaves by Gloriabakes

#9: Falling Leaves by Kimberlie
#9 - Falling Leaves by Kimberlie

#10: Thanksgiving Pumpkin Patch by Cookies Fantastique
#10 - Thanksgiving Pumpkin Patch by Cookies Fantastique

What a wonderfully eclectic assortment! I can't wait to see what you all post next week! If you find you're in need of inspiration, don't forget to check out @Manu biscotti decorati's current challenge! Featuring @Inspirations by Carmen Urbano doing what she does best (mixed media cookies), it's sure to give you plenty of ideas for holiday sets! Plus, you have the chance to win one of three great prizes if you enter!

Have a great week filled with lots of cookies!

* 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.

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. To see all of Cookie Connection's past Saturday Spotlights, click here.


Images (12)
  • Thanksgiving Tablescape: Photos and Tablescape by Julia M Usher
  • Top 10 Cookies Banner - November 25, 2023: Cookies and Photo by Gingerland; Graphic Design by Julia M Usher
  • #1 - Kočička k PrvnΓ­m NarozeninΓ‘m (aka First Birthday Kitty): By Dita
  • #2 - Advent Calendar (2023): By Gingerland
  • #3 - Ladybug: By yokko
  • #4 - Snowmen: By Sweet Smiles
  • #5 - Fall Flavors: By Zeena
  • #6 - Amigos NavideΓ±os: By The Sweet Cake House by Dany
  • #7 - Handpainted Santa: By Tina at Sugar Wishes
  • #8 - Fall Leaves: By Gloriabakes
  • #9 - Falling Leaves: By Kimberlie
  • #10 - Thanksgiving Pumpkin Patch: By Cookies Fantastique

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Your dressed tables are always inspiring! I’m glad you had a beautiful feast.
Congratulations to all.
Thanks for the honor!

Thanks! Those pictures were taken at night so they look a little drabber than the table actually was, but the only thing harder to photograph than a 3-D cookie is a tablescape, IMO!

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