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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


I am absolutely ecstatic as I write this Spotlight! I recently, finally, and ever so proudly finished my entry for the 2024 Julia M. Usher's Cookie Art Competition.  I won't give any details (since it is all very hush-hush until the competition is complete and winners have been announced), but I can tell you that I enjoyed the process so much that I have already started another entry! The entry I just completed was not without a number of significant struggles and setbacks. But I hung in there and learned a bunch! I had such a great time challenging myself and trying all sorts of new-to-me techniques. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to give the competition a whirl. You can read more about it here.

Additionally, Julia has been hosting a variety of Q&As about the competition in which she's solicited advice from judges and sponsors. (BTW - the sponsors' prizes are incredible!) In case you missed the live sessions, you can access recorded versions of Julia's conversations with Laura Saporiti, Susan Trianos, Mark Smith, Beatriz Muller, and Lara Parodi via the pink links you just glanced past. 😉 For anyone still on the fence, take a listen to one of last year's winners, Susie Jacobs; she explains why cookie competitions are a good thing for all cookiers and how to overcome any first-time jitters!

Okay. I suspect that's enough of my competition nudging. [EDITOR'S NOTE: Well, I certainly appreciate your competition shout-out, Lisa, so I thank you! The more entrants, the merrier! 😀 ~JMU] Let's take a look at this week's hot list*.

#1: My Love to the Sea by Susie Jacobs (This cookie shadow box by the same @Susie Jacobs I just mentioned was an award-winning entry at the recent SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo. It seems Susie has a knack for competing, so, again, I urge you to listen to her tips in her video. 😀 Julia and I were so impressed with the dimension and layering in this piece that we decided to feature it as this week's cover art. Big congratulations all the way around, Susie!)
#1 - My Love to the Sea by Susie Jacobs

#2: Mother's Day Cookie by Zeena (In the comments section of this post, @Zeena says she tried something new with this piece - the palette knife work. Just like in competition! 😀 The results look delicious!)
#2 - Mother's Day Cookies by Zeena

#3: Piano Recital 2024 by Cookies Fantastique (What a creative symphony Carol has created!)
#3 - Piano Recital 2024 by Cookies Fantastique

#4: A Mother's Love by Cookies Fantastique (I adore both the cause and creations. Stunning work once again, @Cookies Fantastique.)
#4 - A Mother's Love by Cookies Fantastique

#5: Tickled Pink by lulubakes (I am certainly tickled by @lulubakes' take on color and texture!)
#5 - Tickled Pink by Lulu Bakes

#6: Spring Cookies by Evelindecora (What elegant perfection in @Evelindecora's dainty set!)
#6 - Spring cookies by Evelindecora

#7: Happy Mother's Day by SAORI (What mother wouldn't be delighted by these cuties?! Great job, @SAORI.)
#7 - Happy Mother's Day by SAORI

#8: Fishing Cookies by Rae Dare-Smith (There's nothing fishy about these delightful treats. Charming work, @Rae Dare-Smith.)
#8 - Fishing Cookies by Rae Dare-Smith

#9: Painting Practice by Cookies Fantastique (This cookie is a wonderful example of someone taking the plunge, trying something new, and enjoying the experience - again, just like in competition! Well done. And also, congratulations to @Cookies Fantastique for three appearances in this week's Spotlight! No easy feat!)
#9 - Painting Practice by Cookies Fantastique

#10: Happy Pills by TAMMY HOLMES (Here's another post where I love both the cookies and the idea behind them. Really wonderful, @TAMMY HOLMES!)
#10 - Happy Pills by Tammy Holmes

There is so much to appreciate in these cookies, isn't there?  All sorts of techniques, mediums, and creative approaches. If you're looking for a fun warm-up before you start a competition entry, why not try Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #57?! @Manu biscotti decorati provides a master class in stenciled royal icing transfers, and offers an in-depth look at a fun and versatile way to up your cookie game!

That's a wrap for me. I hope everyone has a peaceful and creative 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 throughout New York City. Lisa’s cookie journey began in 2011 when she started making gingerbread houses. 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 - May 18, 2024: Cookies and Photo by Susie Jacobs; Graphic Design by Julia M Usher
  • #1 - My Love to the Sea: By Susie Jacobs
  • #2 - Mother's Day Cookies: By Zeena
  • #3 - Piano Recital 2024: By Cookies Fantastique
  • #4 - A Mother's Love: By Cookies Fantastique
  • #5 - Tickled Pink: By lulubakes
  • #6 - Spring Cookies: By Evelindecora
  • #7 - Happy Mother's Day: By SAORI
  • #8 - Fishing Cookies: By Rae Dare-Smith
  • #9 - Painting Practice: By Cookies Fantastique
  • #10 - Happy Pills: By TAMMY HOLMES

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Thanks for the great Spotlight, @LisaF! I posted a bit early due to my commitments at The Bake Fest all weekend. Honorees, your badges will come later tonight, and the post is scheduled to air on social media at 8 am tomorrow/Saturday! (Psst, everyone, you can still get tickets to The Bake Fest at 15% off with JULIAMUSHER15. It's online, and, if you can't make the live event, a ticket gives you access to all 20+ instructors' recordings for one year! Check it out here. I hope to see you there! In addition to competing, classes are a great way to up your cookie game! Nudge-nudge! 😀)

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Susie Jacobs' My Love to the Sea is a masterpiece that absolutely deserves to be number one. The layering and dimension she achieved are breathtaking, making it a standout entry in the competition. Wordle Unlimited

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