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Hi, everyone. I awoke, as I'm sure many of you did, to learn of the devastating flooding and landslides in Japan ( https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/07...ly-floods/index.html ), which have caused several deaths and millions to evacuate their homes. The news and images are utterly heartbreaking. I heard from our some of our members this morning who reported that they are "okay". I am so overjoyed to hear this, but very worried about our other members and friends. Please know my heart goes out to...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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Woo hoo! After a little break from chatting in July, we've got a busy, all-star lineup in August! On August 11, we continue our CookieCon 2018 Speakers Series with CookieCon instructor and The Cookie Countess owner, Hillary Ramos! We'll naturally talk to Hillary about cookie stencils and stenciling (the focus of her business), but any other cookie questions are also fair game. To join Hillary's chat at the appointed time, just click on this link . Or, if you can't make the chat, no worries!Read More...

Fourth of July Cookie Stencil Sale!

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Julia M. Usher
Heads up - 20% off all stencil sales of $25 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site! Offer good through July 8. (NOTE: The offer only applies to stencils and can't be applied on top of another discount/coupon code or to my monthly club.) Enjoy! Shop here: www.confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Manu, Our July Site Artist, Does It Again!

Julia M. Usher
Thanks again to Manu for adapting some of her photos from her recent (and completely stunning) water lily tutorial to fit our banner and backdrop! Lucky us, they'll be gracing our site throughout the entire month of July! They look absolutely splendid, don't they?! As noted in last month's site art post , I am now officially out of site art for the rest of the year, and I would love to feature YOURS! Getting your art featured is easy - you can work with existing photos and just crop them to...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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Removing Icing from Sides of Cookie

I wasn't sure if this is the right area for this topic, so if not, Julia, please move to appropriate section. So, I am a beginner and at times get sloppy with royal icing. So I have finally finished a cookie that I am really pleased with but unfortunately I did get some icing on the sides of my cookie from my messy hands. Is there an easy way to take that off? I used a sharp knife to scrape it off but just wondered if there are other tips and tricks (besides not being a messy decorator which...Read More...
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High Altitude Baking and More

Homemade for Heroes
Hi. I'm from Mexico and have been asked to make cookies. There are a few minor obstacles in my way that I'm hoping to get some help with. All we have here is an unrefined slightly coarse sugar, not the huge granular sugar and not very brown. Are there any variations I should use in the recipe? Next is baking temp and time. Any variances there? This is last-minute or I'd search the site. I did spend about an hour here last night on egg white royal icing. No MP (meringue powder) here! And...Read More...
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My White Royal Icing Bubbles! Help!

Carissa
I make all my royal icing from the same exact recipe, however, when I flood with white icing, it ALWAYS bubbles and it looks like little pimples when it dries. I have tried tapping the cookie to release the bubbles, but it does not work. All my other colors are super smooth, no bubbling. I am wondering if it is the white coloring I use? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!Read More...
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Egg Whites - Health Concern in Royal Icing?

Saige L
Hello! I am inquiring about the health factors when making royal icing with egg whites. Most recipes/blogs that I read clearly state to use MP (meringue powder_ if the cookie will be served to a pregnant lady, child, or immune-sensitive persons. Does anyone have any science backing up the above statement? Any advice you can give would be great! I prefer the taste of royal icing with egg whites and it is cheaper than MP, but don't want to potentially harm anyone! Thank you!Read More...
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CK Meringue Powder

Asmita
Hi, I am having issues since the last couple of days with my royal icing. I always use CK brand and use the same recipe and never had a problem like this. When the icing is mixed, I see beige dots or pieces through out the icing and when I try to pipe, it gets stuck in my tips. They are tiny but never before has this happened. Anyone experienced this before or what am I doing wrong? Thanks AsmitaRead More...
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Color from Icing on Lips and Mouth

Hi there. I have problem. I want to know what you all can suggest. As long as I've been working in this business, I just got a complaint from one of my customers. She sent me a pic (which I attached here) that her kid ate my cookies, and all the icing color got stuck on the lips and tongue. She had to wash twice to clean it. She was afraid that I’m using cheap colors that have an effect like that. I explained that it's ok because I'm using food-grade color. I’m here to ask: is all coloring...Read More...
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Cookies Got Too Hard/Dried Out While I Was Working

Hallo, cookiers. I don't usually have this problem, but this time a set of about 30 cookies dried out on me, probably in part because of dry winter air and the time it took to finish them, despite keeping them in containers, etc. I am glad I tasted one so I can try to tackle this problem. Ugh. Anyhow -- I've never tried the bread trick with cookies -- putting a piece of bread in the container with them so they absorb a little moisture. Does it actually work? Does it cause any problems with...Read More...
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Royal Icing Transfer Bleed Fix!

54mama
I’m making 200 cookies for a friend’s son’s Bar Mitzvah and ran into an issue with my RI (royal icing) transfers bleeding! I knew about dark colors bleeding but these were white on yellow so I was surprised (and seriously bummed). I think my transfers were too thin. But . . . fixed them and thought I’d share in case anyone is looking for a fix in the future. It’s not perfect, but pretty good and certainly fine for a slew of teenagers! After the cookies were completely dry, I mixed up some 12...Read More...
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Reduced-Sugar Cookies

Icing and Spices (formerly Zooks)
Hi, all, My usual recipe calls for 100 g of white sugar per 180 g of white flour. This comes out to a baker's percentage of 55. Today I reduced the sugar by 1/4, resulting in a baker's percentage of 42. I could already feel the difference when cutting the cookies - they were so buttery to the touch. Do any of you use this sugar/flour ratio for your iced cookies? What has the response been from your "taste-testers"? Also, have you had any issues with butter bleed? Thanks so much!Read More...
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Yogurt Royal Icing

Kimberlie
I know this site has nothing to do with dogs, but I make human and dog cookies all the time. I see dog cookies with yogurt icing that dries hard all the time in stores, some not so good. I'd like to start making my own but I can't find much info on the subject. I'm thinking if I could get one that works well that I can flood and pipe with it could even be a healthy alternative for humans. If anyone knows anything I am all ears and thank you for putting up with my silly questions.Read More...
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Piping on Cookie that Has Dried

brenda1209
After my royal icing (RI) dries and I go back to add details such as dots or an outline around the cookie, etc. . . . after the added detail dries and I touch the detail, it falls off the cookie. What do I need to do to fix the issue? I can't keep telling people to be gentle with the cookie. Any advice is appreciated.Read More...
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Signature Sugar Cookie Dough + Cocoa??

I have made Julia's Signature Sugar Cookie Dough for probably close to 1,000 cookies adding different flavourings and spices. I am planning on making hockey puck cookies for me nephew's birthday and would like to make them as a chocolate cookie. Has anyone tried adding cocoa to the recipe, and do they turn out as well as the regular ones? Love to hear from an expert. Thanks, everyone!Read More...
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Taste

Do any of you struggle over the fact that (IMHO) sugar cookies with royal icing do not taste good! They look so gorgeous, but I think they taste awful! I struggle with the fact that I like the way they look, but do not enjoy eating them. I guess my waistline says thank you . Am I the only one who feels this way?? TYIARead More...
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Many Questions About Freezing Cookie Dough

Kimi Party Majors
I want to save some time and pre-bake and freeze my cut cookies. A few questions: 1. How many days can I leave dough in the fridge before baking? 2. I heard I should cut the dough; then freeze it? 3. How many days can I freeze cut dough? 4. How long do I wait when pulled from freezer before I decorate? 5. How many days should the cookies be good for? Before colors bleed? Thank you very much for your help.Read More...
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Royal Icing Drying Too Fast

I'm hoping someone can help me! I have been doing sugar cookies with royal icing for a couple years now, but for some reason, with this batch of cookies, my royal icing is drying SO fast! I'm not a super quick outliner but I am not slow by any means, and I have NEVER had this happen before. By the time I outline and go to flood, my outline is already starting to dry! Any tips or ideas??Read More...
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Commercial Convection Oven Woes

Jalynn
I'm using a commercial convection oven for the first time, and I am having an issue with my cookies browning on the edges but the centers of the cookies are opaque! I have rebaked several pans of cookies today - it's so frustrating! I have checked the oven temp. And it is accurate. I chill the dough, rotate the pans . . . why is this happening? Thanks !Read More...
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