Casual Cookie Chat

A place to swap casual cookie stories, like what, if anything, you listen to while decorating? How you handle cookie decorating on top of normal life? How you get into the cookie zone? And so on. Or just a place to say hi!

Please Note: All the rules governing conduct on the site (i.e., being constructive, upholding professionalism, etc.) still apply here. Please re-read our Terms of Use if you are unclear about any of these rules. Posting images of people is also prohibited due to various privacy laws. Personal dialogues that are not cookie-related are best handled via the Private Message feature (under your username), which allows you to privately talk to one or more members at the same time.

Featured Topics

Hoping for the Safety of Our Japanese Members and Friends

Julia M. Usher
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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Next Live Chat in Our CookieCon 2018 Speakers Series - August 11!

Julia M. Usher
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!

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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How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
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...

Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
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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Adjusting Your Email Notifications and Onsite Alerts

Julia M. Usher
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...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
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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Topics

Wedding Seating Card/Favor Cookies

IDA
My daughter married in March and we were looking for a clever way to create seating cards but in cookie form that could double as a favor for guests. I am by no means a "professional baker/decorator" but I can hold my own when it comes to creating cookies and I love a challenge. The hardest part for me was setting up the first name and table number on Microsoft Word but after that it was a breeze to print on edible wafer paper. Here is what I came up with for the more than 200 wedding guests...Read More...
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A Ton of Extra Cookies?

Kirsten
I am new to this whole cookie decorating thing but I LOVE it! t is so much fun BUT it requires a lot of practice and I have so much fun doing it that I don't want to stop . . . so my question is what do you all do with all of these cookies!? I think my family is pretty much sick of eating sugar cookies, and the employees that work for us will get sick at some point too I think. I just want to keep baking so I was wondering if any of you had some suggestions on what to do with all of the...Read More...
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Happy Cookie Day, All!

Sil Quiroga *Ricas Cookies*
Hi there, my cookier friends!!!! May you have a happy, sweet day - today is our day!!! My special thanks of course to @Julia M. Usher and my overseas lovely cookier @Claudia Juarez *Cookie Engineer* and those lots I follow and have congratulated or asked for the techniques which amaze me: Jill, Sonja Galmad, Liesbet, Roos, and so many others who surprise me with all of their works. HAPPY DAY my friends of Cookie Connection ! Love & Joy, Sil PS: These are peanut butter cookies,...Read More...
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Cookier Block

Shannon Orr
Do you ever have a pretty good creative spree then once it's over you are absolutley drained and find youself empty of new ideas? This happens to me often and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to get the creative juices flowing again. This is absolutley the worst time of year to find oneself at a roadblock! TIARead More...
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Extra Cookie Cutters

Sherrie
I would love to donate my extra cookie cutters to someone who wants or needs them! I buy a lot of cookie cutters from Value Village, Goodwill, and garage sales. I always end up with a couple I don't own, but I also end up with many duplicates. If anyone wants my extra cookie cutters - email me at spierce@hallzan.com or send me a message through Cookie Connection . I will send them free of charge if you live in the U.S.  Read More...
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Seeking Input for My Upcoming Videos

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I am planning both viewer "Show & Tell" and "Q&A" videos, and am seeking you, my viewers', input by January 15. Please EMAIL all input to sweetlife@juliausher.com . For "Show & Tell" video : If you have completed a project based on one of my videos, please email me (1) a photo of your project, (2) the name of my video that inspired it, (3) your name and location (city or country), and (4) any specific challenges, discoveries, or questions that arose while making...Read More...
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Happy National Sugar Cookie Day

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! It's National Sugar Cookie Day in the US today (July 9, 2014)! What are you baking and decorating to celebrate the occasion?   Here's a little more info about the origins of the sugar cookie, if you're interested! ...Read More...
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