I'm back after two weeks off (phew, what a crazy couple of weeks), and, boy, do I have a fun-filled cookie roundup for you tonight! Since our latest mystery shape challenge is about to come to a close, it's no surprise that our hot list* is overrun with challenge entries. In addition to getting a sneak peek at those entries, you're sure to ooh and ahh over the assorted fall - and even Christmas - cookies that trended highest this past week. One of them by @PaulinaBiskup, a first-time honoree, is pictured in our coveted cover spot. Extra congrats to Paulina, as well as to the other newcomers to our Spotlight: @Gera, @Gloriabakes, and @Cláudia Dmytriw Pichek. I dare say, four newbies has to be some kind of Cookie Connection record!
Anywho, let's see what marvels they've created for us!
#1: Rabbit Story by Gera
#2: Royal Icing Flowers by Tina at Sugar Wishes [EDITOR'S NOTE: The first of five challenge entries that topped our list this week!]
#3: Sourdough Bread by PUDING FARM [EDITOR'S NOTE: The second challenge entry! So darn lifelike, I might add!]
#4: Succulents in Pot by Petra Florean [EDITOR'S NOTE: Challenge entry #3!]
#5: Fall Engagement Cookies by Gloriabakes
#6: Purple Octopus by Tarryn Meiring [EDITOR'S NOTE: This cookie brings us to four challenge entries!]
#7: Hedgehog Friends by PaulinaBiskup [EDITOR'S NOTE: Just darling, Paulina - and such vibrant colors! Congrats again on your cover spot.]
#8: Bonecos Neve (Snowmen) by Cláudia Dmytriw Pichek
#9: Snowboarder by Tarryn Meiring [EDITOR'S NOTE: Kudos to you, Tarryn, on your second mention of the week for our fifth challenge entry in this Spotlight. I love how fierce this little daredevil looks!]
And, our final honoree has a gift for puffy icing that calls for minimal embellishment because it's so darn perfect . . .
#10: Monogram Cookies by The Cookie Fantasy
And that's a wrap. Let's give all of our honorees a big round of applause! I look forward to seeing what you all bring to the site in the coming week. Remember, next week's Spotlight will be the recap of Challenge #48, which closes tomorrow . . . so get your mystery cookies uploaded stat!
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