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Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies


My head was spinning with every walk down the runway at last week's Paris Fashion Week. Cutting-edge (crazy?) new fashion has the same gaze-stopping effect on me that incredible cookies do when they hit my social media and Cookie Connection feeds. I just have to stop everything I'm doing and gawk for a bit - LOL!

Given all the hubbub I caught online* about that grand fashion fest, I thought it only appropriate to feature @Lorena Rodríguez's "Paris Couture Cookies" in the cover image this week. Her fondant work is always impeccably "tailored" to her cookies, thanks to her skill and her wonderful mold and cutter sets - yet another great reason to showcase her work. Congrats, Lorena! (*No, I wasn't lucky enough to jet to Paris to witness the live event!)

While Lorena's cookies are the opening act in our cookie "catwalk" through this week's hot list*, every single honored set is "fashion-forward" in its own right - either by virtue of combining cookies in unique ways, speaking to current trends, or extending classic styles in new directions. Well done, everyone! Let's start the show, shall we?!

#1: Koi Pond Cookie by cecereali [EDITOR'S NOTE: Extra congrats to @cecereali for being a first-time Spotlightee! ~JMU]
#1 - Koi Pond Cookie by cecereali

#2: Svatební Laskavosti aka Wedding Favors by Dita
#2 - Svatební Laskavosti aka Wedding Favors by Dita

#3: Child’s Birthday Cookies by Wendy Cubic
#3 - Child’s Birthday Cookies by Wendy Cubic

#4: Thank You, Mom by Zeena [EDITOR'S NOTE: Such a special tribute to your Mom, @Zeena! From what I know of you, she was as lucky to have you in her life as you were to have her in yours. ❤️ I am sending all my love and loads of virtual hugs at this most difficult time. ~JMU]
#4 - Thank You, Mom by Zeena

#5: Paris Couture Cookies by Lorena Rodríguez [EDITOR'S NOTE: 👏🏻 once again! ~JMU]
#5 - Paris Couture Cookies by Lorena Rodríguez

#6: For Friends ♥️ by Heather Bruce Sosa
#6 - For Friends ♥️ by Heather Bruce Sosa

#7: Sladkých Osmnáct Let aka Sweet Eighteen Years by Dita [EDITOR'S NOTE: An extra shout-out to @Dita for her second appearance this week! ~JMU]
#7 - Sladkých Osmnáct Let aka Sweet Eighteen Years by Dita

#8: Believe in Yourself by Yazz Ross [EDITOR'S NOTE: Such an important statement here, @Yazz Ross! Thanks for cookiefying it! There's probably not a Cookie Connection member among us (self-critical cookiers that we are) who shouldn't take this message more to heart!  ~JMU]#8 - Believe in Yourself by Yazz Ross

#9: Love Cookies by Evelindecora [EDITOR'S NOTE: @Evelindecora closes out our cookie "catwalk" with two blast-from-the-past sets (this one and the next) that are clearly just as fashionable today as when she first posted them. Well done, Evelin! ~JMU]
#9 - Love Cookies by Evelindecora

#10: Stationery Cookies by Evelindecora
#10 - Stationery Cookies by Evelindecora

Such a beautiful Summer 2024 collection, don't you think?! Terrific designs and craftsmanship, everyone! (P.S. I hope you all appreciated my punny commentary along the way! 😉)

Before I leave you, just a couple of housekeeping notes . . . FIrst, congrats to those who have already submitted or are about to submit entries to my annual cookie art competition. Getting an entry to the virtual judging table is more than 90% of any competition's challenge, so all entrants should be feeling mighty proud of themselves right about now! If you haven't uploaded your entry yet, please give yourself plenty of time to do so, as internet connections are known to be quirky. And, remember, entries are due by 5 pm central time on Sunday, June 30.

After receiving your entries and getting the judges started, I have a new online course to (hopefully) release, and then I'll be off for 10 days for my longest vacation in eons. (I'll need some serious R&R once I'm past these milestones!) I hope to completely turn off all forms of work while I'm away, so I kindly thank @LisaF in advance for assuming Spotlight-writing duties in my absence. I wish I had had the foresight to know what a godsend she would be, as I would have enlisted her help a whole lot sooner! ❤️

I also wish the Americans here on Cookie Connection a great Fourth of July! I hope to be doing my own celebrating that day, away from computer and phone screens, so I wanted to get these well wishes to everyone before then! 🇺🇸🎆

I look forward to "seeing" you when I get back on July 14!

* 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.


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  • Top 10 Cookies Banner - June 29, 2024: Cookies, Photo, and Cookie Kits by Lorena Rodríguez; Graphic Design by Julia M. Usher
  • #1 - Koi Pond Cookie: By cecereali
  • #2 - Svatební Laskavosti aka Wedding Favors: By Dita
  • #3 - Child’s Birthday Cookies: By Wendy Cubic
  • #4 - Thank You, Mom: By Zeena
  • #5 - Paris Couture Cookies: By Lorena Rodríguez
  • #6 - For Friends ♥️: By Heather Bruce Sosa
  • #7 - Sladkých Osmnáct Let aka Sweet Eighteen Years: By Dita
  • #8 - Believe in Yourself: By Yazz Ross
  • #9 - Love Cookies: By Evelindecora
  • #10 - Stationery Cookies: By Evelindecora

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Congrats, honorees! I'll be in touch with "I was featured" badges sometime later today (Saturday). Check your PMs here for them. And also be on the lookout for related social media posts around 8:30 am CT.

Oh wow, this has been such a special spotlight! Every entry is so special and touching, Julia, I loooove your punny comments!!🤭🤭

Thank you so much for the honour and congratulations to you all, you are amazing ♥️

Dear Julia, have a blast, but most of all, have a really good rest! We love you and are always so grateful for all you do to help us grow in this beautiful art. Thank you dear Lisa for your support always ♥️♥️

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