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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!

Forum: Tools
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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Packaging Cookies for Store Sales

Felicia Nelson
I will be doing an online business real soon. There will also be a local store opening soon in my area, so I will be putting some of my cookies in the store. My question is: what is the best way to keep a cookie fresh for store sales? The size of the cookie will be 4x6 inches. The cookie will have royal icing on it. Can I wrap the cookie in a food-safe sealed plastic bag? Can it be refrigerated? I will be making them for the holidays, and they will be pre-ordered. Thank you.Read More...

Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder

Forum: Legalese
Hi! I am hoping/trying to set up a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) in California for my cookies. I thought I had everything lined up, and have just been told that California doesn't allow meringue powder (or similar) in icing. I have truly cried, it makes me so sad! And I have heard this is not unique to California. It makes absolutely no sense to me that it is allowed in a professional kitchen and not in a home kitchen. Professional kitchen rental is just too expensive for a startup...Read More...
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September Pop-Up Help!

Hi everyone! I am a brand new cookier here I’m So. Cal. And I am going to be attending my very first pop-up event in September. I have no idea what I should offer in terms of purchasable sets. I was thinking back to school (maybe a last-minute gift for teachers), fall and maybe Halloween ones. I am not sure what to offer. Any advice, tips or tricks!! Thank you!! KristinRead More...
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Royal Icing Tested

Hello! I’m working on starting up my cookie business in Arizona since we just got stationed here. Unfortunately, my royal Icing has to be tested for pH and water activity to see if it’s potentially hazardous. Has anyone had this done successfully? Or is it a lost cause. I’m sending mine to a lab next week, but if it does not pass what can I do?Read More...
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Where to Find Nice Cookie Boxes in Canada?

Hi, folks! I've searched the forums and didn't really see anything on this topic, so I'm hoping some fellow Canadian cookie decorators can help me out! I am looking for some nice looking, windowed, cookie boxes. I love the BRP Box Shop boxes, but the shipping to my location is almost double the cost of the boxes themselves. I am currently using pie boxes from Bulk Barn but they are often too small and do not have a window. Any suggestions? I'm open to ordering online as long as the shipping...Read More...
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General Packaging Advice

Hello! I'm new to the forums and new to the cookie business (custom decorated sugar cookies with royal icing). I'm really struggling with figuring out the best way to package my cookies and was hoping to get some advice on how others do it. I've searched the forum and have some good ideas, but have a couple of specific questions I couldn't really find an answer to: 1) I purchased a heat sealer and have been individually wrapping my cookies for orders where they'll be handed out individually...Read More...
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Starting Out and Often Buying Cutters

Forum: Pricing
emilymader
Hi everyone! I am new to the cookie business world. I have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cookiecreationsbyemily/ and since I created it a few months ago, I've had 5 orders! My pricing guide is the same as Sweet Sugarbelle (I just created my own document with my own logo but used all her prices) but I'm struggling with constantly having to buy cutters, sine I'm just starting out. I recently purchased the 101 cutter set from Wilton, which has helped a lot, but each project seems to...Read More...
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Going Organic and Beyond!

Hey! My first post here so hopefully I'm in the right space. I've been an on-again off-again cookie decorator for probably around 6 years or more. I'm ready to take it up a notch and start working on a business. Though practice is the main thing I need right now, I'm also in desperate need of business planning, pricing, etc. In any case, where I've decided to start is ingredients, and I would absolutely love to make my creations as organic and humanely sourced as possible! While costco...Read More...
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Starting a Cottage Food Business - Help Needed!

Can someone outline the steps to start a business using cottage food law? I understand that is the key to cookie business. Julia, in one of your blogs, you stated: "I will take a two-pronged approach with this blog. The first will consist of the mechanics and the second will be mindset. The mechanics part will include technical and practical information and advice on how to build a successful cottage sweets business, such as how to create a clear vision for the kind of a business (volume)...Read More...
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Order for Two Thousand - HELP with Pricing!

Forum: Pricing
NOMI
Hello!! Hopefully someone will see this and maybe have some advice for me! I recently received a potential order of 2,000 cookies for a large, well known store. Their marketing specialist has contacted me in regards to 2,000 cookies. They will all be round and with a white (maybe black too) base with a gold logo detail. This equals to about 167 dozen cookies. I'm slowly realizing my worth and do not want to lose myself if I'm chosen by this client, but of course this order is so large, I...Read More...
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Hi, I make simple old-school cookies, i.e., butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin, etc. I cannot for the life of me find a cookie business name that represents me - I've gone thru about 3 of them already. My customers on my FB page must think I'm nuts LOL. I am thinking about making and selling cookies in a jar. I'm trying to come up with ways do it. Has anyone on here ever experienced selling these type of products? Anyone else on here that sells the same type of cookies? Footnote - I am an...Read More...
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One Big Cookie or a Bunch of Small?

Rojosells
I am going to be selling old fashioned-style cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal, pb, etc.) at fairs and was wondering if it's better to sell one large cookie or bagged half and full dozen. Anyone have experience with which are more popular? There aren't too many fairs or markets around here and most are very pricey for a table. I guess I can offer both and see how it goes. Thanks!Read More...
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Undecorated Cookie and Icing Kits - How to Package and Price?

This is only my second post and I am not sure if this is done in the right spot!! Last year I gave a kit to a family that had undecorated cookies with the icing. They loved it and want to make it a tradition for Christmas with their kids and grand kids. I am sure you all do this . . . How many cookies and how do you price it?? Any clever ways you box them up?? I would love to get this out to my customers. Thank you ladies! (and gentlemen!). I appreciate any help with this. Stephanie Lang...Read More...
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Discounting Surplus Cookies

Forum: Pricing
The Woodsy Wife
I recently hosted my first vendor booth at a farmer's market, and had quite a few cookies left over afterwards. So I put them up on my site a couple days later at discounted prices. But I know that some of the people who bought cookies from me at the market follow my page and — though no one mentioned it — I couldn't help but wonder if it's fair to them that the cookie they bought a few days ago for $3 is now being sold for $2. I guess my questions are: At what point are leftover cookies old...Read More...
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Illinois Cottage Food Laws

Forum: Legalese
Cookie Lovin Mom
Hi! I am new to site and thought I would ask if anyone is from Illinois, and working as a cottage baker? I am running into confusion. The cottage law says only farmers' markets up to $36,000, but my county passed a cupcake law (home baked goods ordinance) allowing just $1,000 a month from home. I am wondering if anyone is familiar with Kendall County in regards to this? When I called, one person told me I cannot do both the farmers' market and home baking; then the city said they did not...Read More...
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A Case Study of Cookie Cost (from Gathering Ingredients to Packing)

Forum: Pricing
Perla Adams
Hello, I only make cookies for hobby, but recently, several people asked me to go into business. I decided to start to calculate the cost of ingredients, packing, and time. Using as a base one recipe of cookies (Gingerbread and Royal Icing), the cost of ingredients for one single iced cookie (2.5 inch diameter) is US$0.23, and packing (cellophane bag and clear individual box) is $0.58. (I live in Dubai, so cost may vary in other locations; this is an expensive city). Now, my concern is with...Read More...
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Any Stencil Requests?

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, Stencil of the Month Club Members! I'm beginning the design process for November, December, and January Prettier Plaques TM stencil sets. Do you have any requests for patterns or scenes that you'd like to see transformed into a five-piece set? I can't guarantee I will, but if any ideas seem popular and/or strike me as unique, I'll give them serious thought! MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE!Read More...
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Hi Perla, I just read this post and noticed you are writing from Dubai. I have just moved here last month. Glad to know a Cookie Connection member living here as well! I am not interested in selling my cookies, but I am interested in every aspect related to cookies. Samantha @Aproned Artist mentioned the costs of business in the U.S. (CFO permit fee, business licence fee, ecc). In Italy if someone want to sell homemade food then needs to open a IAD (Impresa Alimentare...Read More...
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Questionable Subject Matter - Should I Accept Order or Not?

Hi, everyone! I recently booked an order for someone I went to school with. She is ordering for her own birthday and is obsessed with the TV show Supernatural. I had never seen it so wasn't really familiar with it. When we started discussion about details for her order, she requested symbols used on the show. I have attached a pic she sent me. Apparently these are supposed to be symbols of protection against evil, although they are similar to satanic symbolism (pentagrams, etc.). I'm torn...Read More...
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Hello, I offered, as a wedding gift, to send cookies to a nephew’s upcoming wedding in December. I am in the Middle East and the cookies are going all the way to America. I know from previous experience that the mail takes two weeks, but I want to have a margin of time in case I need to send replacements for broken cookies, etc. I only make cookies as surprise gifts for family and friends, usually for Christmas, so this is the first time I have a deadline. I want to make the cookies as early...Read More...
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