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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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Dealing with Price "Negotiators"

Forum: Pricing
emilymader
Hi, everyone - I've searched a bit on the site but haven't quite found what I'm looking for, so I hope it's ok I'm creating a new post. I started doing cookies about a year ago and it's going well. I was surprised how many people were willing to pay what I charge in my area, which is very rural. However, I still get a few people here and there who want to negotiate on price. My system 8 times out of 10 is that I charge $45 per dozen for a mixture of designs. They pick the theme, I design the...Read More...
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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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Getting Discouraged

GoBakeItUp
So I opened my Etsy shop right before Thanksgiving and two days ago I got my first order. I was so excited...and then everything that could go wrong did. For some unknown reason, my cookies spread when they usually don't. (even chilled) Then I had overflow and shaky hand syndrome. To top all that off I ended up with craters in my eyes. Oh yeah, can't forget the color bleed that has never happened to me before! Needless to say, I have to start all over. Thankfully I gave myself enough time...Read More...
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Christmas Show

beautyandthesweets
So I've been up and running as a legal business from my certified home kitchen since April. Sales started super slow but have been picking up the past three months. But I need more sales to meet my financial needs and actually profit. I've tried participating in a few craft shows and the last was a total bust. I've already paid for a spot in a local show at the beginning of December and I'm wondering what products you guys think would sell best? I also do cakes and other baked goods as well.Read More...
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Hi, I’m a new mom to a 7 week old. I haven’t accepted any orders since July to give myself a maternity leave. I’m no longer working my 9-5, and I would like to begin making treats full time. However, being a new mom is exhausting and I’m worried about reopening too soon and being unable to keep up with orders. Ideally I thought I’d have a routine by now and could reopen, but my daughter has no schedule, things are still a bit chaotic and I’m receiving inquiries for orders in November and...Read More...
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Using Other People's Designs

Forum: Legalese
Terry H.
Hope I'm posting in the right place. It's my eventual goal to have more of my own cookie designs but right now I sometimes use designs dreamed up (really I should say, painstakingly crafted) by other cookiers. I assume that if someone posted a tutorial on how to make their cookie, then they are okay with other people using their ideas. But what is the etiquette on using someone else's design, especially if you sell the cookies? Should I contact each person, where possible and ask for...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi there! I wasn't sure exactly how to title this question, so I'm sorry if it is unclear. Basically, I have someone who would like to purchase individual cookies from me, in order to promote their own business. They'd be handing out cookies along with their business card. She asked about this several weeks ago, and I think it'd be really great since we'd both be sort of helping each other out. I told her my prices and she said she'd let me know. Well, that was back in May, and no word...Read More...
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Bad Product

Terry H.
So, I just gave out some truly terrible cookies. I've been having a nightmare of a time with RI this whole last month. Multiple batches had grease spots so I switched meringue powders, only to find CK very grainy (literally pulling grains of sugar out of the tip!). I also tried several different recipes, etc. I finally found LilaLoa's survey on butter bleed and followed her solution: which is, fans. I laid the cookies out to dry with 3 - 4 fans blowing in the room. (Also because my...Read More...
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Heat and Royal Icing

Hi, all! I hope this hasn't already been asked . . . I did an advanced search and couldn't quite find the topic I was looking for, but please feel free to direct me if there's already a thread addressing my question. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with leaving cookies decorated with royal icing in a hot car for part of the day? I have an order that I'll be sending with my mother in law, but before they get to their final destination, they may have to sit in her car for a few...Read More...
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Freshness and Packaging

Hi, all! I have been making gingerbread biscuits here in 🇦🇺. I sell them at the local farmer's market and at different businesses. I have had a few issues with the freshness of the biscuits. I have them in clear poly bags and tie with ribbon, but I want to change it. How do you keep them fresh? How long do they last, and do you recommend heat sealing? Thank you.Read More...
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Dummy Display Cookies

Liesbet
Hello! Has anyone made dummy display cookies before? I would like to make Christmas cookie platters for display ahead of time, but also preferable that they can be used for 2 or 3 years. I was thinking of using a hard gingerbread-type dough that will last (e.g., like @Teri Pringle Wood's keepsake cookies), but am wondering if there is anything else that can be used? Has anyone done this? Does anyone have ideas? I worry if I would use Styrofoam (airbrushed the right colour) that...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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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...
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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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By nairfelisr · First Unread Post

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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