On this eve of Independence Day, it's only fitting that this week's top-trending cookie (and also our cover image) is a tribute to the beauty of the United States. Kudos to @Zeena for the very clever concept of depicting every state flower atop a single map of the USA! The result is breathtaking, and a wonderful start to this holiday weekend. But don't stop at Zeena's cookie! This week's hot list* celebrates the season in many different ways across the world. It's got stunning furin (wind chimes), which are a symbol of summer in Japan. Also making a colorful appearance is handpainted bunting for Festa Junina, a Brazilian midwinter celebration inspired by Europe's midsummer festivals. Our Spotlight even has a fanciful frog, emblematic of Japan's rainy season.
No matter where we might be, we cookiers seem to have at least one thing in common: a joy of sharing the places we love through our creations. Over the years, I have learned so much about so many countries I have never seen, all because of your very wonderful and patriotic cookie contributions. Please keep them coming - they are one of the best parts of this global community. And, of course, a huge shout-out to this week's honorees!
#1: United Flowers of America by Zeena
#2: Festa Junina Little Banners by Elke Hoelzle
#3: Fireworks on Stars by KellyMadeThat
#4: Handpainted Floral in Royal Icing Relief by Mariana Meirelles
#5: Furin by Megumi
#6: Frog by Ange&Rose
#7: Narwhals by Christine McKnight
#8: Spring Blooms by Laura Glass
#9: Baby Shower Party by Ewa Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI
#10: A Wedding Day! by Gina's Cake
Congrats again to this week's honorees. And have a great Fourth of July if you celebrate!
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