With one of the year's biggest cookie holidays barely behind us, it's already time to get the creative juices flowing for the next big one - Valentine's Day! Phew! The work of the cookier is never done!
Fortunately, if you're passionate about what you're doing, that work can be loads of fun! And, even if you're still reeling from the Christmas rush and not entirely recharged, this week's Spotlight is the perfect jumpstart to get you back into the swing of things.
With the exception of the number one cookie on our hot list*, all of these cookies were posted prior to 2019, but are still riding high on our site due to the ongoing love they've gotten from viewers like you! Let's show them all some more affection by giving them a huge round of applause!
#1: Monochromatic Valentine by Megan Britt [EDITOR'S NOTE: A special congrats to @Megan Britt! This is her first-ever post to Cookie Connection, and it was also the first entry in our current Practice Bakes Perfect monochrome challenge!]
#2: ハート by rainbow_chima [EDITOR'S NOTE: The gorgeous colors and picture-perfect icing in this set qualified it for our cover image! BTW, ハート means "heart" in Japanese! ]
#3: Little Valentines by Teri Pringle Wood
#4: Valentine's Cookies by Silvia Costanzo
#5: Hearts by Noaa
#6: Beautiful Springerle by Teri Pringle Wood
#7: Cookie Sticks of Love by Sweet Ellis
#8: Elegant Hearts by GrammyPammySweetery
#9: Heart of Glass by GinkgoWerkstatt
#10: Gingerbread Edit's Way by Edit Horvath
And that concludes this week's Spotlight! Since Valentine's Day is a behemoth of a cookie holiday, I'm guaranteed to spotlight it at least one more time. So bring on your best heart and Cupid cookies, so we can shower them with plenty of virtual love! 😘
P.S. For those who read last week's Spotlight, a quick update: "Baby" is doing just fine. She's currently staying in a foster home until she is old enough to be spayed and adopted by a permanent family! When she's not randomly jumping in the middle of her kitty litter box, she loves hanging out in a pouch on her foster parent's lap.
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