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You Won't Want to Miss This Chat!

Julia M. Usher
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The Judges for Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! I trust you've heard by now about my cookie decorating competition?! If not, it's called J ulia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition ™, and it's being held this year at the Show Me Sweets Show in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, USA on July 13-14, 2019! Its aim is to celebrate our amazingly talented cookie community and to help cookiers take their skills to the next level! People sometimes panic at the sound of "competition", but I like to remind them that winning top prize...Read More...
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3-D Physical Mock Ups

Cookies Fantastique by Carol
I'm finding it more and more important to make physical mock-ups of 3-D cookie art. What is the best way (materials, etc.) to create a mock-up of a 3-D piece? I'm not great with Photoshop or Illustration programs on the computer and have also found myself to be better at visualizing something I can "hold in my hand". Drawing on paper gives a flat dimension which is great for practicing airbrushing designs with accents (appliques, fondant molds, etc.). However, it's very difficult to see...Read More...
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Overlapping Design

Mignon
I need some help in determining what the best method would be to decorate cookies for a local hospice where I volunteer. I want to recreate there logo which is a pair of overlapping hands in a heart shape. I am attaching their logo for reference. I'm not sure what approach to take for the best results. Do I do a wet on wet for the overlapping "fingers"? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Read More...
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Alternative to Glad Wrap Pods

Hi, everyone, I was wondering if anyone has found a good alternative to using Glad Wrap to put their icing into pods before putting it in the icing bag? I can't imagine not using this technique. I've done it forever and it really helps me save on wasted icing as well as bags and clean up. The problem is that the Plastic Glad wrap isn't really environmentally friendly, and it can't be recycled at all here where I am. 'd like to still use this technique but has anyone found any way of doing it...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Favorite Stencil Products??

I’m very new to the game, self taught, and LOVE learning new techniques. That being said, I find all of the stencil world very overwhelming. Does anyone have a favorite stencil holder? Any techniques I should avoid/know? Also, when it comes to stenciling is there a favorite airbrush dye you like? I would be so grateful for any feedback! Thank youRead More...
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Cracks/Craters in My Outlines

KoekieKins
I'm brand new to cookie decorating, and I really want to make it into a full-time hobby. I made some practice cookies today for a customer, however I find that my outline makes these craters as they dry. I use 20-30 second icing, and I find the consistency to be fine while piping, but could it be that? Also, I don't know if this matters, but I'm living in Houston where its really, really humid. If that has something to do with the drying process? Does anyone else have this problem?Read More...
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Help with Royal Icing Roses

Hi, I am new to the site and certainly not a professional baker. I followed your advice and recipe for royal icing, and had much success in icing the cookies with outlining and flooding. I even tried some wet-on-wet techniques. My problem was when I wanted to create mini roses and flowers with royal icing. Although the icing was stiff "glue consistency", the rose petals seemed to NOT hold their shape and sink in. Are you supposed to use another kind of frosting? Any tips or tutorials for...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, cookiers! I was wondering if I could ask a general technique question, specifically as it relates to how you prefer to do your color preparation, thinning and bagging. If you're doing a lot of cookies and are preparing larges volumes of each color, are you: A) making as much of each color as you need up front, or B) mixing colors a little at a time and re-mixing as needed. If you're mixing your colors up front, do you: A) bag it all up in as large of an icing bag/cone/bottle as will hold...Read More...
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When You Don't Own a Kopykake

Debbie2
I am very new to cookie decorating and I love it. But, I am so confused by the phrase, "if you have a Kopykake, just copy onto your cookie; then it will give you a template to download and use it with royal icing." I am just finding it hard to understand how to use the template. Is it just a photo printed out on a regular printer some with intricate detail? I thought about purchasing the Kopykake, so I could have a template on my cookies. I am so new to cookie decorating. I need to purchase...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Working on valentine cookies and using a brand new small tub of Wilton Rose gel color. The jar has an off-putting smell that has carried over into my batch of icing. Is there a different brand of deep rose color that is recommended that will not pass on that unpleasant taste to royal icing? Thanks.Read More...
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How Long Until I Am Safe From Bleeding

Hi, all, I'm very new to this. I am using Wilton colors (I didn't know any better). I am doing black accents on white frosting. I've done a test cookie and there is no bleeding yet (5 hours), how long until I am out of the woods? Am I ever out of the woods? This order is due Sunday and I think the cookies will be eaten either Monday or Tuesday. I'm just worried I'm going to deliver great looking cookies on Sunday only to have them be a mess by Tuesday! Thanks!!!Read More...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

How to Improve Cookie Decorating Process?

I'm pretty new to cookie decorating with royal icing. Sources online make it look straightforward - get the right consistency, keep the icing covered, etc. I find in practice, however, it's not nearly as simple as they make it sound. The icing bowls develop crusting on the edges no matter how religiously or quickly I cover them, no matter how much I stir and it's never enough to just cover them. Even just stirring them creates little crusts at the top where the icing thins. Literally the...Read More...
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Making Your Own Molds

Has anyone tried making their own molds? I apparently want the impossible - a tiny bow shape - and by tiny I mean about 1/2 inch horizontal. I did find some sprinkles that were the right size but they only came in white or pink and I want red (and I can't imagine painting them would work). I have found many different molds that produce bows but none of them are as tiny as I want (except for one supplier on Etsy that can't get them to me in less than a couple of weeks). I have tiny bow shaped...Read More...
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Paint Your Own Cookie Troubleshooting

Hi all! I’m playing around with PYO cookies for the first time and was wondering if anyone had some tips to share. I made some the other day that I let my kids test out for me. They looked great and the kids had fun with them, but the painted colors were pretty light on my 5 year old’s masterpiece. And my 2 year old just completely dissolved the stenciled image and ended up with a gray cookie 😂. I know it’s kind of the “nature of the beast” for water to dissolve the stenciled image when...Read More...
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