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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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Adding Meringue Powder to Royal Icing to Speed Drying?

TeriT
Okay, all . . . I was just sitting here with my mind wandering about icing, since I have a batch of cookies patiently waiting for me. I use Julia's RI recipe with pasteurized egg whites. It always turns out just dandy for me, howeeevvveeerrr . . . I am wondering what would happen if I added say about 2 tablespoons or so of meringue powder. No water, just meringue powder. Since that's what makes the icing harden (I think), wouldn't it make it harden a bit faster? Has anyone tried this yet,...Read More...
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Cornstarch in Sugar Cookies?

GoBakeItUp
So in my quest for the perfect sugar cookie recipe I came across a few that called for the addition of cornstarch. In these recipes all baking powder was removed. Have you guys ever heard/tried this? Some recipes added anywhere from 1 tbsp to 1 cup. Of course the flour ratio was adjusted to allow the new ingredient. I did try one of them and ended up with a cookie which was more soft and chewy than my regular recipe. It had a better flavor as well. The final test will be how well it holds up...Read More...
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Cookies Keeping Shape and Cream Cheese Icing

262jenjosh
Hello! I’m just a baker for fun. I have for years been making cookies on sticks for friends' birthdays and showers and other events. Two questions . . . my cookies never keep their shape. I feel like I have tried everything. I use a recipe with powdered sugar instead of granular. Any tips? I was going try a recipe with cornstarch but worried that will change taste? Also . . . I see everyone uses royal icing. Anyone ever use just cream cheese or buttercream? I use cream cheese and everyone...Read More...
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Failed The Taste Test

GoBakeItUp
So today I made my first ever batch of egg white-based royal icing. Usually I use sugar, corn syrup, water, and flavoring. I wanted to try a more traditional royal icing to see if my decorating results improved with the different texture eggs bring to the table. The bad news . . . my son hated it. I didn't even like it. For some reason there is a subtle after taste with the egg-based icing. Has anyone had this problem before? I loved the texture, but if the kids won't eat it . . . well, when...Read More...
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Royal Icing - Some Drying, Others Not

Hello, fellow cookie peeps! I'm having a little trouble with my royal icing. Colored icing is drying hard on some cookies and, on other cookies, it's not close to being dry even after ~7hrs. They are from the same batch, and the icing was not colored on the cookies that didn't dry. The icing recipe I use is sifted powdered sugar, cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and egg whites. Any info is appreciated! It's just becoming frustrating when I have an order due and my icing is not drying. :/...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post

Reduced-Sugar Cookies

Icing and Spices
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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