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Woo hoo! Our 2018 CookieCon Speakers Series continues (and concludes) with our last (but not least) CookieCon instructor live chat. On November 3 at 10 am central time , we're meeting up with none other than Katy Metoyer of Sugar Dayne , perhaps best known for her avant-garde, impressionistic seaside-themed cookies, like the beauties pictured below. Since 2017, she's also been the proud operator of a brick-and-mortar cookie shop, which I suspect we'll learn a lot more about during the chat!Read More...
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Woo hoo! Cake Masters Magazine just announced the finalists in its 2018 awards program! As a judge, I can say with certainty that the finalists' work is amazing (better than ever, in fact!) and the judging will be intense. Joining me in the very difficult task of judging this year are the following esteemed sugar artists. It's a tremendous honor to be included among their ranks: Now, onto the really important stuff - the 2018 cookie finalists! Please say congrats to the following talented...Read More...
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Thanks to Berni Solti, aka @Gingerland, for dressing up our site again this month - this time in full-on Halloween regalia! I just love Berni's crisp lines and perfect piping, and the "energy" of her designs, don't you?! As you may know, Berni has been a prolific contributor of site art, and, as such, has already been the subject of one of our in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews - one of the perks of being a site artist! So, if you don't yet know her, please read that...Read More...
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Hi, everyone! The JULIA Airbrush System sold more quickly than ever anticipated and, as some of you may know, is now stocked out. Thank you to everyone who supported the product through their purchases. I am so grateful to you! Several people have asked when it will be available again, and, instead of responding to each and every one of you separately, here's the official answer for all. I regret to say that I have no plans to release any more of this particular system . It’s a long story,...Read More...
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New Cookie Connection Merchandise!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I have a fun little announcement for you, which includes some goodies designed to make us feel even more like one big, happy Cookie Connection family! Long story short, I recently partnered with teespring.com and YouTube to bring branded Cookie Connection and JULIA merchandise to YouTube. I’m beta-testing the feature now with some cute Cookie Connection tees and other goodies. Right now, I've got two Cookie Connection tees that look the same from the front . . . . . . but which have...Read More...
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Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Hi, all! I had a super fun time talking "extreme 3-D cookie decorating" on our local NBC affiliate today! Apart from the undesirably "extreme" closeups of my face, it's all in all a pretty good clip. However, I should clarify that 3-D cookies can and should be eaten, just not the months-old ones on the set that she asked to eat! (If you can't see the embedded video below for some reason, here's the link .) If you have your own fun and interesting news to share, I (and, I'm sure, others here)...Read More...
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Julia in Cake Masters' New "Cookie Icon" Feature

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that I was recently interviewed for Cake Masters Magazine 's new "Cookie Icon" feature. It's wonderful to see the Cake Masters editors extending this traditionally cake-focused feature into cookies! Here's a link to my interview . (It's also a bit amusing to see they edited me into a Brit! Never in my life have I used the word "mum" for "mom"! ) The entire July 2018 issue is also available for purchase on the Cake Master s' site here .Read More...
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Hello, All

Thuê xe du lịch giá rẻ ghé thăm Cố Đô Hoa Lư, Ninh Bình Cố đô Hoa Lư là công trình kiến trúc cổ có ý nghĩa lịch sử, cùng với các lễ hội truyền thống được lưu truyền đến tận bây giờ, khiến bao du khách tò mò muốn ghé thăm. Trong bài viết này, đơn vị Cho thuê xe 7 chỗ Innova tại Hà Nội sẽ cùng bạn ghé thăm công trình kiến trúc cổ này nhé. Hoa Lư là kinh đô đầu tiên của nước Đại Cồ Việt. Sau khi dời đô về Thăng Long, Hà Nội, thì nơi này đã trở thành Cố đô. Cố đô Hoa Lư trở thành quần thể kiến...Read More...
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Wedding Seating Card/Favor Cookies

IDA
My daughter married in March and we were looking for a clever way to create seating cards but in cookie form that could double as a favor for guests. I am by no means a "professional baker/decorator" but I can hold my own when it comes to creating cookies and I love a challenge. The hardest part for me was setting up the first name and table number on Microsoft Word but after that it was a breeze to print on edible wafer paper. Here is what I came up with for the more than 200 wedding guests...Read More...
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Hi, Everyone!

Sandi Vanderwall
My name is Sandi Vanderwall, and I am brand new at this as of November 2017. My husband gave me an ADC airbrush system and some templates. I purchased many molds and love to airbrush cookies and then add fondant items. I just submitted 3 of my cookies today (6/6/18). I am retired and settling down in an awesome semi-retirement community. I also was one of the lucky ones to register for the 2018 CookieCon! I am very excited to be a part of Cookie Connection . Oh, and the name of my small...Read More...
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Hi! So I picked up a second-hand set of cookie-cutters from a neighbour, and there is one I absolutely cannot figure out. The cutter were all very ordinary, mostly Christmas-themed, but with a few random shapes (a fish, a mushroom, a moon...) thrown in. Have any of you any idea of what this thing is supposed to be? The lady tried to convince me it was a bunny but I'm not sold. I kind of see a weasel dancing on its hind legs (upper left view)... Any ideas welcome, thanks!Read More...
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Thank You

Manu
One evening of two years ago (Nov 2015) I found Julia M. Usher’s videos and discovered royal icing to decorate cookies. That evening I kept watching the series of her cookie decorating videos and the next days I caught up with all of them. I had so much to learn! I then found out Cookie Connection and signed up: that was the beginning of my cookie journey. I couldn’t have imagined to start writing my own tutorials for the site one year later. Surely I couldn’t have never imagined that two...Read More...
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A Ton of Extra Cookies?

Kirsten
I am new to this whole cookie decorating thing but I LOVE it! t is so much fun BUT it requires a lot of practice and I have so much fun doing it that I don't want to stop . . . so my question is what do you all do with all of these cookies!? I think my family is pretty much sick of eating sugar cookies, and the employees that work for us will get sick at some point too I think. I just want to keep baking so I was wondering if any of you had some suggestions on what to do with all of the...Read More...
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Greetings from France!

Annelise (Le bois meslé)
Hi there! I am a French archaeologist and discovered cookie decorating very recently, less than a month ago. I actually wanted to bake a thematic cake for my best friend's PhD defense, and while looking up designs online, found some incredible buttercream piping. I really wanted to try my hand at it, but I HATE buttercream with a passion, so I looked up alternatives and found cookie decorating, which I had literally never heard of before. A look at one of Julia's videos, and the revelation...Read More...
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Hello from Norway

Snufs
Hello from Norway! I have a friend from the US who every Christmas has been nagging me to make sugar cookies. She has been asking over and over and over, "please make some for Christmas; they remind me of my childhood". I have never had time for it, and didn't know what treasure it was. For me it was just a cookie until I began to look at them on Pinterest. Ohh me ohh my - did I get a new hobby. Yes I did. As you can see I'm a beginner, and I want to learn. In general, I work with...Read More...
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Introduction

Kristina Rado
Hi, my name is Kristina Rado. I am of Hungarian origin but have been living in Italy for many years now. I teach royal icing internationally and decorate cookies with different techniques, where royal icing is always the protagonist. I really love painting as well. Generally my cookies are always small sized with tiny little details. Thank you!Read More...
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Hello There!

Hey, everyone! My name is JoAnn and I live in Southern CA. I caught the cookie decorating bug last Christmas when I made gingerbread cookies and was not satisfied with just icing them with pre-made royal icing in the tube. So I signed up for a beginners decorating class with some friends and I am hooked! I am still in the beginning stages compared to cookies on this site, but love it so much and have regular orders from family, friends, and coworkers. I am a teacher and started out by...Read More...
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Hi Y'all!

Tamlei
Hi y'all! I'm new here and a bit overwhelmed, but am completely amazed at all of the sea and wealth of information I have seen so far! Thanks for letting me join! My name is Tammy, and I currently live in Arizona. I just recently married the love of my life, after being together for 6 years it was time! We have four furbabies! My husband just recently gifted me with an early birthday present, a Kitchenaid! I had been talking for the past 4 or 5 months about wanting to try my hand at sugar...Read More...
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Edible Arts

Hi, everyone!! I'm Caroline. I'm new here and ready to learn from all these gifted and talented people here. I did professional courses in cakes, attended cookie classes, and also did master classes in royal icing. I have a small cake and cookie business in the comfort of my studio and I love not wanting to wake up wee hours on a clock-in and out time machine in the corporate's world of 20 over years. High heels hurts 😊 So here I am, retires early but still work on what I love as a...Read More...
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Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the full episode of this season's first Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/sho...christmas-family-fun Congrats to Aime at @ThePaintedPastry for winning! And to Arlene of @Chua Cookie and all of the other competitors for getting as far as they did. The Food Network sure knows how to create a pressure-cooker work environment. There was so little time to do anything,...Read More...
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Two Cookie Connection Members on Food Network!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Some exciting news just in from Cookie Connection member, @Chua Cookie. Arlene writes: "So excited to announce that I'll be appearing in Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge! I cookiefied the judges! . . . Tune in on Monday, November 6, at 10 PM EST ! Watch as I compete against my baking buddies, including one of my cookie idols, Aime from The Painted Pastry. Two Cookie Connection members will be in the premiere episode. (Hint: And perhaps others in the...Read More...
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A Big TX Hello!!!

Marcip5
Hello! I am a beginner at cookieing and love it! However, being a perfectionistic overachiever . . . well . . . this adventure is teaching me to be very kind and accepting of self. LOL! I live near Ft Worth, TX and have been married for 25 years. We have 2 boys! We adopted the oldest when he was 14; he is now 26, and our youngest was 3 at the time. He is 15 now. We try to live a simple life with the least amount of busyness as we can, but most days are slam packed . We have a small B&B...Read More...
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Hello

Wendie
Hi, everyone! I'm very new to decorating. I took up cookies when my son entered the Navy; I needed an outlet for my nerves. I'm a single mom, he's my one and only. Anyhoo, cookies are new to me, my work is new and awkward, I'm inspired to be better. I've literally watched hours and hours and read for hours on Julia's style and, if I could do a 1/4 of her style and pretty work, I could post a picture! Oh, did I mention I'm color blind! Lol, yes, it's a challenge. But I have great friends and...Read More...
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Julia on the "Eat the Evidence" Podcast

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I had an awesome time live-chatting with Shannon Orr for the Eat the Evidence podcast at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show a few weeks ago. You can listen to that chat - which touches on everything from judging at the show to teaching international classes and my airbrush launch - here , starting around 1:03:00 (close to the end of the podcast). I also highly recommend that you listen from the start, because podcast host Kim Chapman interviews Michelle Green of The Business of...Read More...
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Hello There, Cookie Enthusiasts!

Sweethart Baking Experiment
Hey guys! My name is Kimberly, and even though I've been a member for a few years, I have never actually formally introduced myself. So I thought I would take the time to say HELLO. Anyways - yes. My name is Kimberly. I'm Canadian. Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be an artist. I've always done crafty things. I used to be a sculptor - I've been sculpting under my online alias "Monster Kookies" for more than a decade, but I got burnt out. I don't sculpt as much as I used to, but...Read More...
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Hello from Georgia!!!!

BE's Cookies
Hi, everyone! My name is Katerina. I'm living in Tbilisi, Georgia. I'm bank worker for 13 years. A few weeks ago I've discovered my passion to decoration of cookies with royal icing. And now whenever I have free time, I'm experimenting with cookie decoration. Let me know if you like my decorations. ThanksRead More...
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Hi, Everybody!!

Vico Viram
I am so glad to be here; this is a beatiful group where I can find inspiration and people with the same passion as me. My name is Vaiko-Viram; I am from Mexico. When I had my first boy, one day we decided to do cookies as a new activity . . . And I am never going to forget the happy face of my son when we finished our first cookies . . . That made me soo haaappy . . . maybe our first cookies were not the best and the most perfect but they were really special in my life . . . because they...Read More...
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