Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies - Special Fifth Birthday Edition!

 

Last month was Cookie Connection's fifth birthday, believe it or not! (My, how time flies!) We've grown by leaps and bounds since our inception, thanks, in no small part, to all of you and your wonderful contributions. What's more, there's no sign that we're slowing down! Our membership now tops 12,760, up from just 981 back in June 2013. And our monthly page views exceeded 3 million in June 2018, a record 38% increase over the preceding month. Again, none of this fabulous energy and activity would be possible without your contributions, views, comments, and likes, so I thank you all for making this five-year milestone an especially memorable one for me (and, hopefully, you too!).

Speaking of views, comments, and likes . . . they determine who makes our hot list* each week, and, speaking of our hot list . . . let's put aside our birthday celebration for a sec and see who's on it, shall we? It's hard to detect a theme among the honored cookies this week, other than that each and every set is impressive! And, collectively, they make the most awesome Cookie Connection birthday gift!

#1: Sweet Dreams by Dolce Flo
#1 - Sweet Dreams by Dolce Flo

#2: Rainbow Mandala by Aproned Artist#2 - Rainbow Mandala by Aproned Artist

#3: Vintage Travel-Themed Cookies by Doshia Freeman#3 - Vintage Travel-Themed Cookies by Doshia Freeman

#4: 3-D Cottage with Birds by Edyta Kołodziej [EDITOR'S NOTE: Special congrats to @Edyta Kołodziej on her first Spotlight appearance! Well done!]#4 - 3-D Cottage with Birds by Edyta Kołodziej

#5: Woodland Cookies by Cookieland#5 - Woodland Cookies by Cookieland

#6: Bug Life Mini Cookies by Annelise (Le bois meslé)#6 - Bug Life Mini Cookies by Annelise (Le bois meslé)

#7: Fragment of Folk Scarf by E. Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI#7 - Fragment of Folk Scarf by E. Kiszowara MOJE PIERNIKI

#8: Bridal Shower by Cookieland#8 - Bridal Shower by Cookieland

#9: Boho Style by Teri Pringle Wood#9 - Boho Style by Teri Pringle Wood

#10: Ba-By Q Cookies! by The Partiologist - Kim H.#10 - Ba-By Q Cookies! by The Partiologist - Kim H.

Congrats again to this week's honorees! Now, let's all raise a virtual toast to another great year ahead on Cookie Connection! (I'm sipping some real bubbly as we speak, so it may be a few hours before I get to distributing the usual "I was featured" badges. Hang tight, honorees!)

* 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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Happy Birthday and congratulations to you Julia for all that you give to make the Cookie Connection a success ! Awesome work of love❣congratulations to all the featured artists and their beautiful creations. Thankful to all who liked and commented on my cookies. Have a blessed weekend all💖

You are right, Teri! 

I am so grateful for this amazing group. I haven’t been around that long and have started my business in a serious way only some months ago. Each of the creations posted here are unique and we all learn so much from them. And especially the tutorials which are so generously shared.

Thank you, and congratulations to all!💕

Thanks for the well wishes, @Heather Bruce Sosa@Manu, and @Teri Pringle Wood. As with my own birthday year after year, this one nearly slipped past me without any fanfare! Glad I remembered it in the nick of time! Thank you to all of you too for how you contribute to this site, each in your own unique, but incredibly supportive way. It truly takes all of us to keep this community vibrant, active, and educational. I really appreciate your support!

Thanks Julia, it' s always an honor for me to be featured in your Saturday Spotlight and particularly in this special edition. Happy fifth birthday to your wonderful site and for the great job you do. Thankful to everyone who appreciated my work and many congrats to all featured for their beautiful cookies. ♥

Happy Birthday Cookie Connection! 

We celebrate with you and wish you many more years of success. 

Congratulation Julia on this milestone. CC has given our work a voice! Your efforts have not gone unappreciated. 

Congrats to this week's cookie stars.  

Happy Birthday CC!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate by sharing these gorgeous cookies that made the top 10 list. Wahoo!!! Congrats to all . Your work is awesome and I so appreciate being able to see such creative and beautiful art day in and day out ❤️❤️

Special thanks to you, @Julia M. Usher for all your devotion, dedication and hard work that makes this site possible for SO many to enjoy and learn!! You're one amazingly talented lady ❤️

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Happy Birthday CC!!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate by sharing these gorgeous cookies that made the top 10 list. Wahoo!!! Congrats to all . Your work is awesome and I so appreciate being able to see such creative and beautiful art day in and day out ❤️❤️

Special thanks to you, @Julia M. Usher for all your devotion, dedication and hard work that makes this site possible for SO many to enjoy and learn!! You're one amazingly talented lady ❤️

Aww, thanks again, Carol! Your kind words have made my day!

Edyta Kołodziej posted:
Congratulations on 5 years of running a great website. A wonderful place full of inspiration. Thank you for the reception and the award on Saturday Spotlight. :heart

 

So sweet of you to say! Thank you for contributing so beautifully!

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