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New Home for Julia M Usher's Cookie Art Competition! Woo Hoo!

Julia M. Usher
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...

Meet Our November Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Finally! At long last, Missouri has jumped fully into fall, all in the 11 few days that I was in Japan. My green trees suddenly have tinges of red and orange on them, and all of the seed pods in my garden are now definitively VERY brown. I chose this month's site artist (Timea Gazdagné Görbe, aka @PUDING FARM) not only because her work very much conveys the state of my fall yard , but also because poppies are the symbol of "remembrance". Later this month, we have one of our...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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Parchment Cone Leakage

lorrihill
Hi, all, I am also a convert to the parchment cone, but occasionally I need to use a metal tip. I am having problems with icing leakage between the bag and tip. I know Julia has mentioned this problem on one of her YouTube videos, but I did not take enough notice of the exact video . . . Anyone have any ideas how I can fix this or which video to go back and look at? Many thanks in advance.Read More...
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How to Pipe Modern Script Fonts on Cookies?

Kathy Andersen
I am looking for some technique help on how to pipe the more modern script look l see quite often on cookies. I have many fonts that look like these samples and I can certainly print out to practice on paper. Should I draw with a scribe or marker on the cookie? Use a projector? What tip size should I use to get the thin and thick look of each letter? does anyone have a tutorial for this look (see links below)? Malisia Script Still Shine ScriptRead More...
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Pearl Sprinkles and Metallic Rods

Jen B
I am fairly new to cookie decorating, and I would like to begin to use sprinkles to decorate my cookies. I recently purchased some sprinkle mixes containing the medium/large pearl sprinkles and metallic rods. Do you use both/either for cookie photography or do you send orders out the door with these items included? I taste-tested both and they're SO hard. I'm afraid that my customers will break a tooth. Also, the metallics are labeled as for decoration only, but why decorate cookies with...Read More...
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Quick & Easy Rectangle Cookies

GeminiRJ
I recently needed to make some rectangle cookies but I did not have the correct size of cutter. I also did not want to hand cut them! So I had an "ah ha" moment that is very obvious and one that most of you probably already figured out. But I decided to post it just in case. I needed to make 1.5" x 2.5" cookies that I would then ice and place a chocolate plaque on top. I made a 1.5" x 11" template (I recycle the plastic fronts of my husband's holiday booze sets for templates...they work...Read More...
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Egg Glaze

Hello, I made some Christmas baubles for friends and family this year. I have decided to try using Julia's recipe for egg glaze rather than royal icing because I wanted the baubles to look shiny. All seem to go well except the glazed baubles felt greasy! I wiped off the grease with kitchen paper several times before decorating. But the finished product looks more waxy than shiny! Has anyone else tried egg glaze? Did they turn out greasy?Read More...
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Metallic Paint on Royal Icing Transfers

i have some metallic food paint that I want to paint my transfer with before I place it in the wet royal icing on my cookie. Has anyone tried this? I am curious if the metallic paint will bleed into the wet foundation. I thought it might be easier than painting so many after they are on the cookie and trying to stay in the lines.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
I have a Cubs cookie cutter that I love. The red Cubs and the blue outside circle are indented, so it is just a matter of flooding to fill them. The first batch I made I just left the raised parts (which are white in the logo) unfrosted but I'd really like to make them white to get the colors to really pop. Any ideas on a relatively fast way to make the raised parts of these cookies white? I tried piping white but that took way too long. I have yet to try dipping. I also thought maybe a thin...Read More...
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Icing Transfers and Air Pockets

LyndaB
Hey, y'all! I've been having troubles with transfers causing unsightly air pockets when I drop them in wet icing. It usually happens with larger pieces. When I set them down at first it's perfect! After 5 minutes or so this horrid air pocket emerges at an edge. It completely ruins my gorgeous cookie. I've tried setting an edge down and slowly allowing it to set down all the way . . . dropping it flat . . . piping icing on the back of the transfer and then applying. There's no one guaranteed...Read More...
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Using a Cookie Cutter to Make a Design

Does anyone have any tips for using a cookie cutter that makes a design? I've put an example below. It's very simple, but I'm using it in lieu of the actual cookie cutter I want to buy because that one is a licensed character. So, for example, if one were to fill the entire cookie with the light brown, is there a way to then use the smaller pieces to mark where you should put the dark brown? The only thing I can think of is tracing them with a food-safe marker, but I was wondering if I'm...Read More...
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Dehydrator Temperature?

I have a question if someone can help me. I have purchased a dehydrator, and I would like to know at what temperature I should set it, and for how long to leave my cookies in it. My dehydrator is in Celsius not Fahrenheit. I'm looking forward to using it.Read More...
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Royal Icing Transfers Disintegrated

Hello, I had made white royal icing transfers and let them dry completely over night so I could use them on my cookies the next day. So when the next day came I iced my cookies with red and black royal icing and then immediately placed my royal icing transfers on. The problem occurred when I started to notice that my transfers looked as if they were disintegrating/melting into my wet royal icing. I've seen other people use the technique of putting dried transfers on wet icing and I can't...Read More...
Last Reply By Katisaurous · First Unread Post

Using Molds without Using Fondant

I am also trying to experiment with molds and attaching to cookies. I tried royal icing in the molds - no luck! I am not a fan of fondant EVER. I used the Wilton melts and those look good, BUT melt so FAST if touched. What else are people using? Has to be a simpler way . . . I have purchased quite a few, and really love these molds BUT I am confused about what will look best and is actually edible? Oh yes, and easier than many of the other options. Thank you!Read More...
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Freezing Cookies

I didn't see anything about this in the forums. And not sure where to post it . . . What is suggested as far as making cookies in advance and freezing them (shelf life)? And what about pre-decorating them and freezing them? What kind of containers are recommended? I have been having trouble finding a rectangular size.Read More...
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Decorating a Very Large Cookie

I want to make this cookie for my friend's son's birthday party. I have no idea who to attribute it to, as I've never been able to find any info on it, even using a Google image search. Does anyone have any tips on doing a big cookie like this? I know that I need to roll out the dough on the cookie sheet and then cut it out. I use corn syrup glaze, and I usually use the same consistency for piping and flooding, but I think I need to use two different consistencies for this because the flood...Read More...
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