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.

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Another Stencil Sale Starting on Friday, April 26!

Julia M. Usher
To celebrate the arrival of spring, get 25% off stencil orders of $100 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ’ site. Offer runs from 4/26 to 4/29. Just apply the coupon code SPRINGFLING when you’re done shopping. And don’t forget to check out my latest bridal shower and Mother’s Day Dynamic Duos ™ sets while you’re there. They’re my latest faves! Shop here: https://www.confectioncouturestencils.com My latest Mother’s Day sets: https://tinyurl.com/y2eden69 My latest bridal shower...Read More...

You Have What It Takes - Submit Your Casting Materials Before May 1!

Julia M. Usher
I KNOW YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES , so don’t delay! The deadline for casting in my televised 3-D cookie art competition is fast approaching (May 1)! Remember: if you enter, you have a chance to be on TV and to also win part of the $5000-plus (cash and product) prize pot, awarded to first, second and third place winners! To read more about the competition, click here . To be considered for casting, just follow this simple two-step process: (1) Register to enter my 3-D cookie art competition...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...
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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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...
Last Reply By Mas Galletas · First Unread Post

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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M.I.A.

I just wanted to say that for the next two or three weeks, I'll be away from here as I prepare for some cake decorating classes (and my children's end of year exams). I'm a caker too and it's going to be a busy time for me. I'll try to pop in when I have a few minutes to myself and check on the artworks submitted, but if I can't, forgive me.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

How Do You Do It All?! Really!

Hi, everyone! I have been stalking and learning for quite some time now. I haven't had to write a post thus far, since my questions are usually answered after some searching. I have read on this particular topic a few different times, but I have to ask for myself, in my own way. How do you balance it all? I have a full-time job as a legal assistant and three school-aged kids. I want so badly to make a batch of cookies every night but by the time all other areas of life are handled, at least...Read More...
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A Halloween Before and After

GoBakeItUp
So almost a year ago to the date, I decorated my very first sugar cookie. I became totally addicted to the process. Since then I've done cookies for almost every major holiday and some others just for fun. I just love everything about cookie decorating from designing, to baking, to decorating. I've made a TON of mistakes over the past year but practice makes perfect. My decorating skills still need improvement and, frankly, some of you Cookie Connection members out there just amaze me with...Read More...
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Making Real, Live Cookie Connections - Please Post Yours Too!

Julia M. Usher
As some of you may know, I've been traveling and teaching in Japan over the last week. These teaching experiences are memorable in SO many ways, but the biggest joy BY FAR is making real, live, face-to-face connections with Cookie Connection members. It's so wonderful to finally put faces to names, and to talk in person with those people I've grown to admire and appreciate from afar. This week, I've had the good fortune of meeting at least four Cookie Connection members...Read More...
Last Reply By Evelindecora · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Kirsten · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Teri Pringle Wood · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Bocaqueen · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post

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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