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Hi, all! I'm back! My apologies for the brief hiatus in chat listings - it's been a super busy month with CookieCon prep! But, the good news is, once CookieCon is over, we're continuing with another two or three chats in our CookieCon Speakers Series! Woo hoo! Next up, on March 30 (10 am central), is CookieCon 2019 presenter Kristin Grunder of Grunderfully Delicious ! As always, we love to receive questions in advance, so please don't hesitate to post some now, especially if you can't make...Read More...

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...

Welcome Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
She's back . . . yes, this month's site artist is none other than @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Anne loaded me up with site art about a year ago (for which I am eternally grateful), and I am gradually releasing it to the site as it fits with the month or season at hand. I thought this very finely executed needlepoint banner and backdrop by Anne (pictured below) were a perfect fit for March - a month that, at least here in St. Louis, teeters precariously between winter...Read More...
Last Reply By Icingsugarkeks · First Unread Post
REALLY incredible news, everyone! The poster pretty much says it all, but for more of the exciting details, please read my related blog post here . For more competition and registration info, please also visit my competition page on the Show Me Sweets site . (Lastly, please note that my competition includes BOTH 2-D and 3-D categories, both with great prizes, but this opportunity only relates to the 3-D category.) I can't wait for you to meet me in St. Louis, as the saying goes! BTW, if you...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...
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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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Hi, all! The world is absolutely abuzz with all sorts of cookie events this year! Here's a great first-time event happening in Asbury Park, New Jersey in October: I'm thrilled to be demoing and vending there, as well as leading this wonderful cookie competition judging team: As with my cookie competition at Show Me Sweets in July , this competition will also have both 2-D and 3-D categories, along with some awesome prizes. Plus, the show has all sorts of vendors, classes, and other...Read More...
First group of Creative Cookie Festival & Edible Arts Show Instructors ~ Michelle Boyd of Good Gracious Cakes , Myriam Sanchez of ChapixCookies , Shalie Socher of Sugar Flowers by Shalie , Shirlyn Leong of Cookies Art by Shirlyn and Laura Saporiti of SugarLand . More to come ... Registration for VIB Sweet Spot and classes begin March 27th.Read More...
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CALLING ALL COOKIE ARTISTS! The cookie competition at the inaugural Jersey Shore Cake & Cookie Convention has just launched, and I am honored to be their head cookie judge along with esteemed judges/cookiers Ginny Levack (@Creative Cookier) and Sandra Velez-Beltran (@You Can Call Me Sweetie) . We've got both 2-D/flat and 3-D categories, with no limit to the number of times you can enter both. Please consider joining the fun! More info here: ...Read More...

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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