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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...
Yes, Berni Solti (aka @Gingerland) is back with us for the duration of December! A few months ago, Berni gave me a load of site art for many different months, and, within that treasure trove, she gifted me with TWO options just for December. Both are so darn cute (see below) that I wasn't quite sure which to choose . . . Option 1: Option 2: . . . and so . . . I didn't! (Avoiding decisions sure makes life easy! ) I'll be starting this month with the first stocking and tree...Read More...
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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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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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Congrats to the Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners!

Julia M. Usher
Last weekend, the winners of the Cake Masters Magazine Awards were announced during their gala at Cake International in Birmingham, England. As one of the judges (see all of my fellow judges below), I can tell you that the competition was particularly stiff this year, and the work was utterly amazing in many categories. Please visit the Cake Masters Magazine Facebook page for a complete rundown of all of the winners. I did, however, want to give a huge shout-out to the cookie winner here,...Read More...
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Announcing the CookieCon 2019 Core Instructors!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As you may know from my previous post, CookieCon 2019 registration opened tonight, October 26, 2018. ( Click here for reg info .) In case you're still on the fence about going, here's a photo of the CookieCon core instructors, and here's a link ( https://www.cookiecon.net/presenters.php ) to learn more about them. I'm thrilled to be a part of this event this year, and sincerely hope to meet you at CookieCon in March! Also, please leave requests for what you'd like me to teach below!Read More...
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CookieCon 2019 Registration Reminder - Reg Opens Tonight!

Julia M. Usher
Just a reminder that CookieCon 2019 tickets go on sale this evening, October 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm PDT (7 pm MDT, 8 pm CDT, 9 pm EDT). At that time, you can visit www.CookieCon.net and click on the registration link at the top of the page to purchase your ticket. Be forewarned that tickets sell out fast! To see some tips and a video about how to register, click here: https://youtu.be/Yh5d2hwnHIQRead More...

CookieCon 2019 Has Just Been Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Wow, CookieCon 2018 has barely started, and CookieCon 2019 has already been announced! As luck would have it, CookieCon is moving to an annual schedule of every spring, starting in March 2019. Mark your calendars now for the world's largest cookie-only convention! For more information about pricing, registration, and so on, please visit the CookieCon site, here .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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Łódź You Like a Cookie

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We are just 2 crazy girls from Poland, who had this crazy idea to make a first royal icing cookie contest. Here in the middle of Europe (Łódź)... And we have simply done it! It was an amazing adventure. ❤️ Maybe not just a one-time event! Would you come to see our sweet work next year? And remember to take your work with you! ❤️ https://web.facebook.com/pg/lo...m_id=678837275822212 P.S. If you are trying to say out loud "Łódź", it sounds similar to "would", so the name of our event is a...Read More...
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Julia on Cookies at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (September 29/30), and Kerry Vincent and I are pulling out all the stops to make my namesake Julia Usher Decorated Cookie Competition the best ever! We’re trying to attract national media to cover the event, which is why we put together the above promo video. Plus, I’m offering cash prizes close to $2000 ($1000 for first; $500 for second, and $250 for third), the biggest in the cookie business. I'm...Read More...
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Seventh Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! Registration is now open for the seventh annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale , which raises funds to bring hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions while spreading the legacy of Bo Johnson. Each year, hundreds of cookiers gather online and in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA with thousands of cookies to be auctioned off for this wonderful cause. To date, more than 148 thousand dollars (yes, thousand!) have been raised through cookie donations, thanks in large part to the...Read More...

Seeking CookieCon 2018 Correspondents!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, everyone. Like last year, I'm seeking two or three people to serve as CookieCon 2018 correspondents - meaning I'm looking for folks who would be interested in reporting on their experiences at CookieCon (while at CookieCon) to those back at home. The reporting could be in the form of photo posts (like these from last year's event by @Bev Made Cookies and others) or blog posts (like those here by @Econlady and others). I'm also open to other creative...Read More...

2018 Cake Masters Magazine Awards - Nominations Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! As the graphic says, n ominations are now open for the 2018 Cake Masters Magazine Awards ! Once again, I have the distinct pleasure and honor of judging all of the sugar art categories in this illustrious competition. Please nominate your favorite artists now (there's a cookie category too): www.cakemastersawards.com/nominate . And since I am not judging the "Best Learning Experience" category, I'm putting in a shameless plug for Cookie Connection . If you like what you've...Read More...

More Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! Got your attention again! As it turns out, I'm sponsoring and judging another great cookie competition this year at the Show Me Sweets Cake & Candy Convention , on September 8-9, 2018 in St. Charles, Missouri. This show is only one year old, but it generated an impressive turnout for the cookie competition last year, and it only promises to be even better this year. So far, over $2500 in cash and prizes has been donated for four categories in the cookie competition. For more...Read More...

Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! So I got your attention, didn't I?! Good, because I wanted to remind you that, as always, I'll be sponsoring and judging my namesake cookie decorating competition at this year's Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show , aka OSSAS, on September 28-30, 2018. It's the show's 25th anniversary, so founder and host Kerry Vincent is surely going to pull out all the stops! And so should you! It's not too early to start designing your competition entry! Attached is a screen shot of the competition prizes...Read More...

CookieCon 2018 Sugar Show Categories Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! If you're going to CookieCon (the country's largest cookie decorating convention) in September, they recently announced their Sugar Show (cookie decorating competition) categories, as described above. This show, and others like it, are often a great way to push your skills to new heights, regardless of whether you win any prize. For more information about the event, please visit the CookieCon site .Read More...
Hi, all! I just got an email from the casting agency for Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge, and they are already casting for this year's series, believe it or not. Here's what the casting letter said: "Our casting team is currently searching nationwide for the best cookie makers in the country to put their skills to the ultimate test in a fun holiday cookie competition. Do you make flawless florentines, magnificent madeleines, and perfect pinwheels? If cookies is your calling, this...Read More...
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Hey, all, as you may know, I will be at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo later this month, demoing both my stencils and my new airbrush system. I expect to have some awesome show deals for you too, like the ones pictured here: I'll be located in Booth #200 in plain view, very close to the front doors. I hope to see you there! I also wanted to alert you to the show's cookie competition, which I am judging along with Amber Spiegel (SweetAmbs) and Sandie Beltran (You Can Call Me Sweetie). It's got a...Read More...
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Heads Up! CookieCon 2018 Tickets Go on Sale Tonight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! The following update is just in from Karen and Mike Summers, organizers of CookieCon . . . CookieCon 2018 tickets and add-on (pre-CookieCon) workshops go on sale this evening (March 14, 2018) at 7:00 pm MDT . At that time, please visit www.cookiecon.com , and click on the registration link at the top of the page to purchase your ticket! To see some tips and a video about how to register, click here: http://www.cookiecon.net/registration-tips.php To read more about CookieCon and to...Read More...

Food Network Now Casting for Two Baking Shows

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, EVERYONE! Food Network is now casting for two competitions. Click on the link below for more info. (P.S. I know more than a few cookie decorators who competed in the Christmas Cookie Challenge last year, and at least two who brought home the $10,000 prize! It's well within your reach too!) MORE INFO: https://bakingchampionshipcasting.castingcrane.comRead More...

Stenciled Cookie Contest by Julia's Stencil Partner

Julia M. Usher
Attention, cookiers! My stencil partner ( Confection Couture Stencils ) is running a "Show Us Your Cookies" contest, where you can enter to win a curated set of cookies stencils (worth $60) PLUS a bonus prize. Entries must be received by November 30, 2017 and must also be stenciled with either my Prettier Plaques sets or any of the Confection Couture stencils. The winner will be determined by the number of likes each entry receives, so spread the word by sharing your image after you upload...Read More...
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2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! The results are finally in! I know firsthand what a grueling experience the judging process was, as I had the privilege (?!) of scouring 40 super-qualified portfolios, along with 11 other judges, to make the final determinations. What a challenge that was! The judges' individual rankings in 10 categories were filed about a month ago, and then tallied by the folks at Cake Masters , leading to the awards announcements made last night at the 2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards in...Read More...
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Mark Your Calendars for CookieCon 2018!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I just caught this announcement on the CookieCon Facebook page and thought you'd all be interested to know that CookieCon 2018 has been scheduled for September 12-15, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. We'll be posting more info to our Calendar area of the site, as we receive it from the organizers. Please also visit the CookieCon Facebook page for more regular updates.Read More...
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2017 Cake Masters Magazine Awards Finalists Announced!

Julia M. Usher
If you haven't been following the Cake Masters Magazine Facebook page , then let me be the first to tell you that the finalists in their annual sugar arts awards program were announced this week - with the Cookie and Royal Icing Awards categories being announced just today. The wonderful news is that many congratulations are in order for members of the Cookie Connection community! First, in the Royal Icing category, huge kudos to @Anikó Vargáné Orbán for her spectacular work! And,...Read More...
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Hi, all, I just wanted to alert you that the Sixth Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale is now open for registrations, meaning that if you're interested in donating cookies to the cause, you can now sign up to do so. You can also register to be a volunteer at the event. As a reminder, this event (October 13-15, 2017) raises funds to fuel research into childhood cancer. Since its inception, it has raised over $110,000 for the cause through generous decorated cookie donations that then get...Read More...

A New Cookie Competition in the Show Me State!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I wanted to bring your attention to a new sweets convention, debuting for the first time in my home city and state of St. Louis, Missouri. It is called "Show Me Sweets", and it is taking place for one day, Sunday, October 22, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel. There's a ton happening at this event - everything from competitions and classes to demos and vendors, all of which you can read about here . But it's the cookie competition that I wanted to talk to you about...Read More...
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Hey, everyone! Just quick reminder that August 24 is the filing deadline for entry forms into my namesake cookie competition (Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition) at Kerry Vincent's annual Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) , which runs from September 30 to October 1, 2017. As you probably know, I'm a huge proponent of challenges and competitions as a way to test skills and push oneself to new heights, so I sincerely hope you will consider entering. Not only do you reap the rewards...Read More...
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