Start-up Shoulds and Should Nots

There's a ton to understand about launching a cookie business - cottage law, local licensing and permitting, copyright law, Department of Health build-out requirements and regulations . . . the list goes on and on. Help others cut through this clutter here.

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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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Starting a Cottage Food Business - Help Needed!

Can someone outline the steps to start a business using cottage food law? I understand that is the key to cookie business. Julia, in one of your blogs, you stated: "I will take a two-pronged approach with this blog. The first will consist of the mechanics and the second will be mindset. The mechanics part will include technical and practical information and advice on how to build a successful cottage sweets business, such as how to create a clear vision for the kind of a business (volume)...Read More...
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Non-Decorated Cookie Seller Here! Startup Advice Needed!

SweetKatalina
Hi, I make simple old-school cookies, i.e., butter cookies, oatmeal-raisin, etc. I cannot for the life of me find a cookie business name that represents me - I've gone thru about 3 of them already. My customers on my FB page must think I'm nuts LOL. I am thinking about making and selling cookies in a jar. I'm trying to come up with ways do it. Has anyone on here ever experienced selling these type of products? Anyone else on here that sells the same type of cookies? Footnote - I am an...Read More...
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Need Suggestions for a New Cookie Business in Canada

Glenn M. Nichols
Hi, I'm planning to start a cookie business in Toronto. As a beginner, I'm searching for the procedures to start a new business. I have heard about the certification and licensing which are much needed before the start. How is it done? Can someone suggest me the ways to get the certification? One of my friends in Toronto told me that OntariobusinessCentral in Toronto will help with the starting of a business. Has anyone used their service? If so, kindly share your experience with them. How...Read More...
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Ideas for My New Cookie Shop Sign

Hi, people, So, I need your suggestions on something. I am planning to start a cookie shop. I am confused about selecting a sign board for the store. When I checked online, I found that there are a lot of options available. I am planning to get LED board signs from https://www.newstylesigns.com/ . However, will it really look good? I want it to stand out, and people should notice it. I am looking for some good designs for my sign board. How did you all do it ? Looking forward to your...Read More...
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Ingredients Cost

Hi, I am at the very initial stages of starting my own cookie business. I tried to do it on my own using an oven at home but didn't do very well. So I ventured out to get hold of someone who might be doing it on a commercial scale and could make the biscuits as per my specifications. Eventually I found such a guy who was making biscuits on contract for others. I am a little surprised at the asking price for the biscuits. I am told that the quantity of butter used is twice that of the flour.Read More...
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Selling Cookies in Pennsylvania

stefani
Hi, all! I recently started decorating cookies and now I'm HOOKED! I'm looking into starting a small cookie business here in PA, but it's so unclear as to what steps I need to take. Ideally, I'd like to sell out of my townhouse, but we have a dog. We're probably going to buy a house next year, and I thought it would be nice to potentially turn the basement into a kitchen and keep him upstairs. In the meantime, I'm thinking of asking around to see if I can bake out of a local...Read More...
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FDA Labeling Requirement for Food Coloring

Big Cookie Dream
I'm going to be operating under the Florida Cottage Food Law, and the label requirements are just the federal requirements. From what I'm reading on the FDA labeling and nutrition site, it sounds like, for the food coloring used in icing, I can list it as articifical color. But does anyone know for sure? Thanks.Read More...
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Equipment Advice

Spencer
Hi everyone,  I recently signed a lease and will be opening a storefront this fall. I am looking for any suggestions or advice on equipment. I'm looking to purchase a convection oven. Any suggestions on brands? Things to look out for?...Read More...
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A Kickstarter Cookie Campaign

Julia M. Usher
Here's a Kickstarter cookie campaign that might interest you. It's all about teaching kids life lessons through starting a cookie business. Just 14 hours left to pledge:...Read More...
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