Technique Troubleshooting

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Say Hello to Our January 2019 Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
Happy New Year, everyone! I sincerely hope that 2019 brings you much happiness and success in your cookie lives and beyond! Here on Cookie Connection , we are certainly ringing in 2019 with a plethora of possibilities - at least as far as site art is concerned. Earlier this month, I repurposed past posts of @Aproned Artist and mine to come up with this month's banners and backdrops. Like last month, we'll see two sets of art this month, starting first with Aproned Artist's...Read More...
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Hi, all! There will be a brief hiatus in chats in December, seeing as most of us are likely to be distracted by the holidays. But, come the new year, we'll be chatting again in full force with the launch of our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series, dedicated to conversations with the event's featured presenters ! It was just yesterday (almost literally) that we concluded the 2018 series. Because CookieCon changed to an annual schedule, now each spring, we're experiencing nearly back-to-back...Read More...
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that my namesake cookie competition, formerly held at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, is moving to my hometown (St. Louis, MO) and to the wonderful Show Me Sweets Edible Art Show & Convention on July 13-14, 2019! We've got two categories this year (both 2-D and 3-D), and I've nearly doubled the cash prizes for a total of $3000! I can't wait to see your entries! For competition theme, rules, and prizes , visit the Show Me Sweets site, here .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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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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I want to make my own cookie stencils. Do you think I need to buy the latest model or can I get away with one of the older models used? I would love to save some money and get a used one. I have seen some on Ebay and even Craigslist. My main goal is making cookie stencils. I want to upload my own images. What model do you have? Suggestions appreciated.Read More...
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Suggestions Needed for How to Decorate a Logo Cookie

I am a beginner! My boss is retiring, and I thought it would be nice to make cookies with our company logo. I worked with a company to create a custom cookie cutter but now I'm not sure how to go about decorating the cookie. Fondant? Royal Icing? The letters should be blue with a white background. Any suggestions for a very determined beginner who has about a week to figure this all out would be greatly appreciated!Read More...
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Parchment Cone Leakage

lorrihill
Hi, all, I am also a convert to the parchment cone, but occasionally I need to use a metal tip. I am having problems with icing leakage between the bag and tip. I know Julia has mentioned this problem on one of her YouTube videos, but I did not take enough notice of the exact video . . . Anyone have any ideas how I can fix this or which video to go back and look at? Many thanks in advance.Read More...
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Pico Projector

I hope I'm posting this question in the right spot! I am very new to using a projector for cookie decorating, so I have a ton of questions that I can't find answers to anywhere (probably because they're no brainers and I'm a novice)! Does anyone use a pico projector with their laptop - NOT with an iPhone/iPad? I can project images/text I have saved, but I can't change the size/zoom to make it fit the cookie. I see a lot of info out there about using the Camera Lucida app with an iPad . . .Read More...
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Images Turning Green Over Time

Can anyone speak to why printed images on fondant turn a green color after a week? I am placing them on royal frosting with thinned corn syrup. Would placing the image on a thin layer of fondant be better? Is the corn syrup the problem? Or . . . is the changing of colors just something that happens over time?Read More...
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Bleeding Edges🙈

Hello all, I have searched for months to find an answer to a problem that happens sporadically. When I ice my cookies, it is not apparent at first but, after they sit overnight, some of the cookies, whether they have white icing or dark-colored icing, begin to “bleed” around the edges. It almost looks like greasy spots that eventually travel to the entire cookie, but it’s embarrassing because if I deliver them early they look very splotchy. It is not a greasy bowl or spatula or any...Read More...
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Frosting Sheets Not Sticking to Cookie

I recently used icing sheets for the first time. I let the royal icing on the cookie dry completely before applying the icing sheet. I thought I had read somewhere that to use the icing sheet I just needed to peel off the backing and it sticks to the cookie, but that didn't happen. I ended up thinning out some royal icing to use as a "glue". I put a thin layer on the back of the icing sheet before placing on the cookie. This seemed to work, but I got some bubbling up on some. Would love any...Read More...
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A Study in Frustration

GoBakeItUp
So I decided to try my hand at some new things this week. I can only call it an epic cookie fail. To say I'm in need of tips to improve is putting it mildly! Lol First . . . Circles. Yeah nothing else really needs to be said. I don't have a clue how anyone bakes a perfect circle. Or how they pipe a perfect circle. It's obvious I can't. *grin* Beads . . . my nemesis. No matter what I do I end up with craters. I was using icing a bit thicker than 20 second. Before it was too thin. I'm very...Read More...
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How to Pipe Modern Script Fonts on Cookies?

Kathy Andersen
I am looking for some technique help on how to pipe the more modern script look l see quite often on cookies. I have many fonts that look like these samples and I can certainly print out to practice on paper. Should I draw with a scribe or marker on the cookie? Use a projector? What tip size should I use to get the thin and thick look of each letter? does anyone have a tutorial for this look (see links below)? Malisia Script Still Shine ScriptRead More...
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How to Make Sure a Large Sugar Cookie Is Baked Evenly?

Sweet Prodigy
I plan on baking a large sugar cookie (approx. 9" x 17") that needs to be edible. I'm thinking it should probably be a bit thicker for stability. What is the best way to prepare and bake a large sugar cookie so that the middle and edges are baked evenly and all the way through?Read More...
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