Hi, gang! It's time again for spotlighting the stand-out cookies on the site! And, boy, do we have some true stand-outs this week, including cookies from first-time (and also two-time) honorees @Patricia Johnson and @Cláudia Dmytriw Pichek. Special congrats to these newcomers to our hot list*!
As is typical at this transitional time of year between summer and fall, we've got cookies that run the gamut from summer-y Chinoiserie-style vases to Halloween cookie arrays (one of which earned our coveted cover spot)! Lest you think it's too early for Halloween, let me be the first to assure you that it's not. I've been designing Halloween stencil sets for the last two months, and am in the middle of putting the finishing touches on my August release which is squarely in the Halloween camp! (After all, we cookiers need time to plan for one of the biggest cookie holidays of the year, wouldn't you agree?!)
Whether you're still reveling in the long, lazy days of summer or yearning for cooler fall times, you can count on finding across-the-spectrum inspiration here! Enjoy, and congrats again to this week's honorees.
#1: Mom's 87th Birthday! by Cookies Fantastique
#2: Blue and White Vases by Lisa R
#3: Heart Wedding Cookie by Zeena [EDITOR'S NOTE: This lovely cookie is an entry in our current Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge, which asks entrants to wow a fictional customer with a wedding favor. There's still plenty of time to enter - about two weeks - so read up on the rules and join the fun and learning! You might just win a $100 gift certificate to BRP Box Shop, one of my favorite cookie places!]
#4: Fall Coffee and Pumpkins by Olga Goloven [EDITOR'S NOTE: I hope you're as impressed as I am with these no-icing cookies! Olga achieved so much wonderful color and texture without even lifting a pastry bag!]
#5: Menina Confeiteira 2-D by Cláudia Dmytriw Pichek [EDITOR'S NOTE: Okay, so maybe it's a bit early for Christmas . . . but, judging from how many of you admired this holiday charmer, then maybe not?! Again, congrats to newcomer Cláudia on the first of two mentions this week!]
#6: Witch Way by Patricia Johnson [EDITOR'S NOTE: Once again, a huge round of applause for Patricia, not just for her two featured cookie sets, but also for landing the cover spot with her next one in the number 10 spot.]
#7: Princess Birthday by The Cookie Fantasy
#8: More Birdies by Heather Bruce Sosa
#9: Corações e Rendas by Cláudia Dmytriw Pichek [EDITOR'S NOTE: Way to go, once again, Cláudia!]
And, not to be overlooked, the delightfully whimsical cover image . . .
#10: Witches' Brew by Patricia Johnson
And that's a wrap for this week! Congrats again, honorees! I hope to see you here at the same time next week, but a bit of forewarning: my top-secret cookie project reaches its workload crescendo at the end of this month and into early September. So Spotlights may continue to be hit or miss 'til then. But please keep posting your gorgeous works no matter what - they bring so much joy to so many here, Spotlight or not.
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