Technique Tips

Got a clever decorating tip that you think the cookie world should know? Share it here, along with photos if you've got them!

Featured Topics

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...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

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

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...
Last Reply By Icingsugarkeks · First Unread Post

Topics

Overlapping Design

Mignon
I need some help in determining what the best method would be to decorate cookies for a local hospice where I volunteer. I want to recreate there logo which is a pair of overlapping hands in a heart shape. I am attaching their logo for reference. I'm not sure what approach to take for the best results. Do I do a wet on wet for the overlapping "fingers"? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Read More...
Last Reply By Columbus Cookie Academy · First Unread Post

Alternative to Glad Wrap Pods

Hi, everyone, I was wondering if anyone has found a good alternative to using Glad Wrap to put their icing into pods before putting it in the icing bag? I can't imagine not using this technique. I've done it forever and it really helps me save on wasted icing as well as bags and clean up. The problem is that the Plastic Glad wrap isn't really environmentally friendly, and it can't be recycled at all here where I am. 'd like to still use this technique but has anyone found any way of doing it...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Paint Your Own Cookie Troubleshooting

Hi all! I’m playing around with PYO cookies for the first time and was wondering if anyone had some tips to share. I made some the other day that I let my kids test out for me. They looked great and the kids had fun with them, but the painted colors were pretty light on my 5 year old’s masterpiece. And my 2 year old just completely dissolved the stenciled image and ended up with a gray cookie 😂. I know it’s kind of the “nature of the beast” for water to dissolve the stenciled image when...Read More...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy · First Unread Post

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

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...
Last Reply By Terry H. · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Ve · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post

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

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...
Last Reply By Joanie · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Sweet Prodigy · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Econlady · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Maxine · First Unread Post

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...
Last Reply By Big Cookie Dream · First Unread Post
×
×
×
×