Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies

 

Happy weekend, everyone! My apologies in advance for being terse, but it's been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I'm exhausted. When my 3-D competition filming wrapped on July 14, I had one day to pack my bags and hit the road again. Since then, I've been to Connecticut, Maine, and back to Missouri again. And, in less than two week's time, I return to Australia for another teaching trip! I've (sadly) gotten in the habit of never completely unpacking my suitcase. I simply rotate clothes through it, substituting long sleeves for short sleeves and vice versa, as the weeks and months and seasons pass. (Yeah, for real!)

Anyway, now's as good a time as any for a quick cookie fix, and so here I am, at 11:30 pm, just putting my fingertips to keyboard to start this Spotlight! But, no matter how tired I might be, reviewing the week's work is like chugging several cups of high-octane coffee. It's always eye-opening and invigorating! Kudos to this week's honorees. Your work is so well done.

First up is @Evelindecora with the same set that won her top honors last week. Congrats, Evelin, on your cookies' staying power!

#1: Watermelon Cookies by Evelindecora
#1 - Watermelon Cookies by Evelindecora

#2: Horses by Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI#2 - Horses by Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI

#3: Sweet Eiffel Tower Cookie by Sweet Gypsy [EDITOR'S NOTE: As amazing as this 3-D cookie is, it was just one of the MANY incredible components of @Sweet Gypsy's entry in my 3-D cookie art competition. Congrats on your first competition, Sweet Gypsy, and may there be many more to come!]
#3 - Sweet Eiffel Tower Cookie by Sweet Gypsy

#4: Old Roses by Elke Hoelzle
#4 - Old Roses by Elke Hoelzle

#5: Van Gogh Minis by Ashlee McCabe
#5 - Van Gogh Minis by Ashlee McCabe

#6: Róża by Teresa Pękul
#6 - Róża by Teresa Pękul

#7: Fortune's Rocks Summer Cottage by Cookies Fantastique by Carol
#7 - Fortunes Rocks Summer Cotatage by Cookies Fantastique by Carol

#8: Wedding Roses by Tina at Sugar Wishes
#8 - Wedding Roses by Tina at Sugar Wishes

#9: Suburban Sunset & Northern Lights by Annelise (Le bois meslé)#9 - Suburban Sunset & Northern Lights by Annelise (Le bois meslé)

And, drum roll, please . . .

#10: Christmas in July by Ale Capurro
#10 - Christmas in July by Ale Capurro

So great, right?! Congrats again, everyone!

And that's all for now. I'm off to get some ZZZZs, but I'll be back next week at the appointed time with the first part of a two-part series featuring the 2-D and 3-D winners of my cookie art competition! Very exciting!

* 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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Icingsugarkeks posted:

Great, great, great...!!! So perfect cookies!! I miss the beautiful globe of Sweet Gypsy a bit. But I think that the selection of such beautiful cookies is difficult!
Many congrats to all artists here @Evelindecora  @Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI  @Sweet Gypsy  @Elke Hoelzle @Ashlee McCabe@Elke Hoelzle @Teresa Pękul@Elke Hoelzle @Cookies Fantastique@Elke Hoelzle @Tina at Sugar Wishes@Elke Hoelzle @Annelise (Le bois meslé)@Elke Hoelzle @Ale Capurro@Elke Hoelzle

Hi, just so you're aware, I DO NOT HANDPICK THE COOKIES IN OUR SPOTLIGHTS, ever!  The weekly rankings are automatically selected by the site based on how many views, comments and likes each photo accumulated over the course of the past week (actually, the algorithm is based on the rate of accumulation, not the absolute number). But, that's all I can say about the calculation method; it is not released so as to prevent people from gaming the system.

So there is nothing difficult or subjective about the selection each week; it is based on actual hard numbers and how the site calculates the rankings. I just look at those rankings and report them. The only thing I pick is the cover image, and I choose them often to give newcomers more exposure.

The footnote at the end of every Spotlight also explains all of this.

Thrilled to among you marvelous artists. 

Each spotlight encourages me to try harder to be the best cookier I can be.  

Thank you Julia for all your hard work in keeping this site alive and abundant  with information, advice , friendships , tutorials, chats and challenges that help us every step of our cookie journey.  ❤️

Tina at Sugar Wishes posted:

Thrilled to among you marvelous artists. 

Each spotlight encourages me to try harder to be the best cookier I can be.  

Thank you Julia for all your hard work in keeping this site alive and abundant  with information, advice , friendships , tutorials, chats and challenges that help us every step of our cookie journey.  ❤️

My pleasure, Tina! Thanks!

Tina at Sugar Wishes posted:

Thrilled to among you marvelous artists. 

Each spotlight encourages me to try harder to be the best cookier I can be.  

Thank you Julia for all your hard work in keeping this site alive and abundant  with information, advice , friendships , tutorials, chats and challenges that help us every step of our cookie journey.  ❤️

Beautifully said dear Tina @Tina at Sugar Wishes !!! Couldn't possibly say it any better. I feel exactly the same way .

Yes, Julia, @Julia M. Usher! May I also extend my thanks to you for all your hard work and the continually fresh and rich content on CC. It's truly remarkable how much we are able to learn from one another.

I'm beyond thankful for each and every cookier here ❤️❤️❤️. SO many CC members ...I love how this site continues to grow in numbers and flourish with incredible works of art!

It's such an honor and very humbling to be among this week's group of amazing artists

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:
Tina at Sugar Wishes posted:

Thrilled to among you marvelous artists. 

Each spotlight encourages me to try harder to be the best cookier I can be.  

Thank you Julia for all your hard work in keeping this site alive and abundant  with information, advice , friendships , tutorials, chats and challenges that help us every step of our cookie journey.  ❤️

Beautifully said dear Tina @Tina at Sugar Wishes !!! Couldn't possibly say it any better. I feel exactly the same way .

Yes, Julia, @Julia M. Usher! May I also extend my thanks to you for all your hard work and the continually fresh and rich content on CC. It's truly remarkable how much we are able to learn from one another.

I'm beyond thankful for each and every cookier here ❤️❤️❤️. SO many CC members ...I love how this site continues to grow in numbers and flourish with incredible works of art!

It's such an honor and very humbling to be among this week's group of amazing artists

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