Members In The News

If you know of Cookie Connection members who have hit the big time, but are too shy to tell us, please let us know. We want to hear about their upcoming classes, articles published, and other successes to help us in planning our Cookier Close-ups featured on the blog - and just cuz it's nice to stop and celebrate every so often! P.S. These cookiers can also be you!

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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...
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Announcing Our November Live Chat with Katy Metoyer, aka Sugar Dayne

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! Our 2018 CookieCon Speakers Series continues (and concludes) with our last (but not least) CookieCon instructor live chat. On November 3 at 10 am central time , we're meeting up with none other than Katy Metoyer of Sugar Dayne , perhaps best known for her avant-garde, impressionistic seaside-themed cookies, like the beauties pictured below. Since 2017, she's also been the proud operator of a brick-and-mortar cookie shop, which I suspect we'll learn a lot more about during the chat!Read More...
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Announcing the 2018 Cake Masters Magazine Cookie Awards Finalists!

Julia M. Usher
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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Introducing Our October Site Artist - Berni Solti, Once Again!

Julia M. Usher
Thanks to Berni Solti, aka @Gingerland, for dressing up our site again this month - this time in full-on Halloween regalia! I just love Berni's crisp lines and perfect piping, and the "energy" of her designs, don't you?! As you may know, Berni has been a prolific contributor of site art, and, as such, has already been the subject of one of our in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews - one of the perks of being a site artist! So, if you don't yet know her, please read that...Read More...
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An Important Announcement About the JULIA Airbrush System

Julia M. Usher
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...
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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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Hi, all! I had a super fun time talking "extreme 3-D cookie decorating" on our local NBC affiliate today! Apart from the undesirably "extreme" closeups of my face, it's all in all a pretty good clip. However, I should clarify that 3-D cookies can and should be eaten, just not the months-old ones on the set that she asked to eat! (If you can't see the embedded video below for some reason, here's the link .) If you have your own fun and interesting news to share, I (and, I'm sure, others here)...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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Thank You

Manu
One evening of two years ago (Nov 2015) I found Julia M. Usher’s videos and discovered royal icing to decorate cookies. That evening I kept watching the series of her cookie decorating videos and the next days I caught up with all of them. I had so much to learn! I then found out Cookie Connection and signed up: that was the beginning of my cookie journey. I couldn’t have imagined to start writing my own tutorials for the site one year later. Surely I couldn’t have never imagined that two...Read More...
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Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge #1: Update

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I just wanted to let you know that the full episode of this season's first Food Network Christmas Cookie Challenge can be found here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/sho...christmas-family-fun Congrats to Aime at @ThePaintedPastry for winning! And to Arlene of @Chua Cookie and all of the other competitors for getting as far as they did. The Food Network sure knows how to create a pressure-cooker work environment. There was so little time to do anything,...Read More...
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Two Cookie Connection Members on Food Network!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Some exciting news just in from Cookie Connection member, @Chua Cookie. Arlene writes: "So excited to announce that I'll be appearing in Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge! I cookiefied the judges! . . . Tune in on Monday, November 6, at 10 PM EST ! Watch as I compete against my baking buddies, including one of my cookie idols, Aime from The Painted Pastry. Two Cookie Connection members will be in the premiere episode. (Hint: And perhaps others in the...Read More...
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Julia on the "Eat the Evidence" Podcast

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I had an awesome time live-chatting with Shannon Orr for the Eat the Evidence podcast at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show a few weeks ago. You can listen to that chat - which touches on everything from judging at the show to teaching international classes and my airbrush launch - here , starting around 1:03:00 (close to the end of the podcast). I also highly recommend that you listen from the start, because podcast host Kim Chapman interviews Michelle Green of The Business of...Read More...
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Feature in Torty od Mamy

Julia M. Usher
Hi, just a little news from my neck of the woods . . . I am proud to have been featured today in the March 2017 issue of the leading cake/sweets decorating magazine in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Torty od Mamy . My feature consists of a three-page spread, where I answer 14 questions about my background in and approach to cookie decorating. The issue is now available for sale here , and below is an excerpt. If you don't speak Czech or Slovak, no worries - I've attached my original...Read More...
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Daily Deviation on Deviantart

Incantata
Very excited and pleased I received Daily Deviation on deviantart in category Artisan Crafts / Culinary Arts / Desserts for our " a premonition of spring" cookies . Wow! I have received more 20 DD's in my life, but like traditional and digital illustrator and this is always great honor for all artists in the world. But today is absolutely special DD! Because we with my mom are not professional cookies decorators, just hobbyists! And for this reason this fact is so significant for us! So...Read More...
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FYI - Here's an interesting article about the allure of cookie decorating, especially online. I was interviewed last week for this piece, and am thrilled to see so many other cookie decorators' contributions to it - in the form of photos, videos, and sound bites. Enjoy - it's a great read and testament to the passion we all bring to our shared love of cookie decorating. Read article here .Read More...
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Cookiers Rock the Sugar Arts World at the EAG Awards!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! The winners of the Edible Artists Global (EAG) Awards were announced just two hours ago, and I am completely floored by the news! While I'm certainly honored to have been recognized, I am mostly thrilled that cookies have taken center stage, alongside cakes, in the world of sugar arts. Congrats to fellow cookiers @Creative Cookier and @The Cookie Lab - Bolachas decoradas arte (aka Marta Torres) for their industry-shattering work! And to all of the other amazing sugar artists who...Read More...
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TASTE AWARDS - I Would Love Your Help!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As I mentioned a few days ago on Facebook, I am up for a few video awards in the TASTE AWARDS program. In two of the categories, the winner is determined by popular vote. If you like what I do, please consider voting for me for Best Food Program (Online) and Best Instructional Video Series (Categories 3 and 13 in the link). Thanks so much in advance! Online voting is open until December 20: http://www.thetasteawards.com/...annual-taste-awards/Read More...
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Edible Artists Global Awards - Nominees Announced!

Julia M. Usher
The Edible Artists Global Awards (EAGA) nominees were announced last week, and they include five people in our local cookie community! Cookie Connection contributor Aixa Zunino (aka @Dolce Sentire), Sandra Amaral (aka @My Sweet Art), and Marta Torres (aka @The Cookie Lab - Bolachas decoradas arte) are among the nominees in the Royal Icing category; Ginny Levack (aka @Creative Cookier) is up for Most Innovative Product for her Stencil Genie; and I have been...Read More...
Last Reply By Anne Marie Adams · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Not sure if you caught this online, but over the last 24 hours, Cake Masters Magazine has been posting its awards finalists - VERY, VERY slowly, category by category. So slowly, in fact, that they still have not announced the cookie finalists, nearly 24 hours later. I trust that announcement will come later today, so if you want to follow the action live over the course of today, you can do so here on their Facebook event page . Later this evening (If they've posted the results by...Read More...
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Featured on FoodyDirect!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, I am pleased to announce that I was featured yesterday as part of FoodyDirect 's new expert interview series. Cookie Connection got some great exposure as well! Read it all here ! FoodyDirect's primary business is serving as an online marketplace that brings food from some of the country's best restaurants and artisan purveyors directly to your door. For example, Ming Tsai, of the acclaimed Blue Ginger in Massachusetts, is now offering two of his restaurant favorites through this...Read More...
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Dolce Sentire Tutorial Featured in Cake Masters Magazine

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! A huge congrats to site contributor Dolce Sentire (aka Aixa Zunino) for having one of her amazing tutorials featured in Cake Masters Magazine this month. In it, she shows how to make this lovely lavender cookie using stenciling, stamping, painting, and aging techniques. To purchase the tutorial (and the entire issue, for that matter), just jump on over to the Cake Masters site by clicking here . Congrats again, Aixa!Read More...
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Food Network Magazine Features Cookiers Across the USA

Julia M. Usher
If you haven't yet picked up the latest Food Network Magazine (the December 2015 issue, pictured below), you might just want to do so! Apparently back in August, a Food Network editor challenged cookie decorators across the country to decorate Christmas cookies inspired by their home states, and the result was a festive seven-page cookie spread published just last week. Sneak peek, below! What's even cooler is that this feature showcased several Cookie Connection members, including...Read More...
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Hi, all, just a heads-up: my online 3-D cookie decorating course with eduK is now open for registration. Over three days from July 27 to 29, I will be demonstrating six new 3-D cookie projects. (The teaser below shows glimpses of three of them in various stages of completion.) The course will be live-streamed from 2 pm to 5 pm ( São Paulo, Brazil time) on each day for free; it will be re-run once again, for free, one hour after the first live-streaming is over. After both free viewing...Read More...
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Julia's Video Featured on Right This Minute

Julia M. Usher
Very fun! Today, my latest cast sugar egg video was featured on Right This Minute, The Viral Videos Show . Here's hoping that the show lives up to its name and my video now goes viral.   (It certainly didn't when I first posted it to YouTube...Read More...

Julia's Tutorials Among First to Premiere on Vessel!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo - exciting news! My channel Recipes for a Sweet Life is premiering on Vessel today! It's one of just a hundred or so across the web that were hand-selected to be on this new video platform. And as a launch gift, Vessel is offering ONE YEAR FREE! #FirstonVessel Just sign up through this link for your free early access pass: https://www.vessel.com/channels/recipesforasweetlife MORE INFO: What's Vessel? It's a low-priced ($2.99 USD per month) subscription service that provides early...Read More...
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