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You Won't Want to Miss This Chat!

Julia M. Usher
Ha! Made you look! And, boy, am I glad you did! Our next live chat - a continuation of our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series - is just under a week away, so listen up! Yes, our chat on April 13 (10 am central) is with none other than Shannon Heupel, CookieCon 2019 core presenter and founder of Artfully Designed Creations, one of the first cookier-owned cookie stencil enterprises. Shannon had quite the ripple effect at CookieCon . . . nearly everywhere anyone went, word of her very clever...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...
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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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Graduation Cookie Stencil Sale, Courtesy of Julia!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, another cookie stencil sale! (I've got a few for you this month!) This time, it's 15% off all graduation stencils on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site, from now 'til April 22. Have fun shopping! Shop here: , using the coupon code in the poster below.Read More...

Spring and Easter Cookie Stencil Sale!

Julia M. Usher
Usher (pun intended!) in an early Spring with this fabulous stencil deal! We’re offering 20% off all Easter and Spring cookie stencils on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ’ site through 3/18/2019 . Simply use coupon code EASTERCOOKIE at checkout. (NOTE: This code can't be combined with any other offers or discounts or applied to cookie stencil accessories.) Shop Spring stencils: Shop Easter stencils: More...
Hurry! Confection Couture Stencils ' and my clearance sale continues through 12/21/2018, offering up to 80% discounts on select items! We just added some new stencils to the sale today! Great for those Christmas gifts you still need to get your cookier-friends (hint, hint )! Happy shopping! Check it out here: More...

Confection Couture Stencils' Holiday Gift Certificates

Julia M. Usher
NOW AVAILABLE - gift certificates to my partner Confection Couture Stencils' site! If you aren't sure about what to get your cookie-bestie for Christmas, this gift certificate may very well be the perfect answer. Available in $10, $25, $50, and $100 increments, these gift cards can be tailored to any shopping need! ENJOY! More info here: https://www.confectioncoutures...m/products/gift-cardRead More...

A Thanksgiving Cookie Stencil Sale - Through November 5!

Julia M. Usher
I've got a nother great cookie stencil sale for you, but it's a QUICK ONE, so act now! 10% off all Thanksgiving stencils through 11/5/2018, using the coupon code in the image. Shop here: . Stencils designed in partnership with Confection Couture Stencils . Enjoy, and happy run-up to Thanksgiving!Read More...
Hi, all! I just wanted to let you know that my stencil partner, Confection Couture Stencils, has a great sale going through October 30 - 15% off on all Halloween and fall stencils! More info, including the coupon code, can be found in the photo below. Happy shopping! Shop here: www.confectioncouturestencils.comRead More...

Fourth of July Cookie Stencil Sale!

Julia M. Usher
Heads up - 20% off all stencil sales of $25 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site! Offer good through July 8. (NOTE: The offer only applies to stencils and can't be applied on top of another discount/coupon code or to my monthly club.) Enjoy! Shop here: .Read More...

Fabricake (UK) Recall of Rolkem Super Gold/Special Rose Gold

Marie Elgaard
(Not entirely sure where to post this; many apols if it's in the wrong place.) I just heard this morning that Fabricake Sugarcraft Ltd in the UK is recalling Rolkem Super Gold and Special Rose Gold. This only affects these two products, and they are refunding these two product lines if you bought from them (you'll need to return). It affects all sizes, batches and best before-dates. I will post the info and the link to the Food Standards Agency.Read More...
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Sale on Wedding and Fathers' Day Stencils

Julia M. Usher
Surprise! My stencil partner, Confection Couture Stencils , just announced two stencil sales - one on wedding stencils and another on Fathers' Day stencils. Both sales run through June 8, and offer 20% off with use of a coupon code at checkout. The banner for the wedding sale (with coupon code) is shown above. The coupon code for the Fathers' Day sale is FATHERSDAY20. It is also displayed in the home page banner on Confection Couture Stencils' site. Here's a direct link the site:...Read More...

Easter Stencil Sale Alert!

Julia M. Usher
Heads up! A ll Easter stencils on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site are 25% off through March 15. This sale includes my Easter-themed Prettier Plaques TM and Dynamic Duos TM sets! Just use the coupon code EASTERSALE at checkout. Enjoy! Here's the direct link to our Easter stuff: https://confectioncouturestenc...ions/easter-stencilsRead More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
My stencil partner, Confection Couture Stencils , is holding a sale (15% off) on all Valentine's stencils on their site, including mine. The offer is good through Monday, February 5. Please see the coupon code and details in the image. And start shopping here: ! Please direct any sale or ordering questions to .Read More...

Confection Couture Christmas Stencil Sale - HUGE SAVINGS!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! The above graphic pretty much says it all! My stencil partner Confection Couture Stencils is hosting a sale, where all Christmas-themed stencils on the site, including my Prettier Plaques TM , are 30% off! Here's a direct link to the Christmas stencils so you can get shopping! Stencils make great stocking stuffers, you know! Don't delay! Sale ends on December 11, 2017 at midnight. Thanks in advance for your support. P.S. If the discount does not automatically get applied at...Read More...

Cyber Monday Sale on Select Julia Usher Stencils!

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! I've got some great Cyber Monday deals for you! My partner Confection Couture Stencils (aka Stencil Ease) is offering 30% off select Julia Usher and Confection Couture cookie stencils through Sunday, December 3 . Click here to see what's on sale, or look under the "Cyber Monday" tab in the upper right on the Confection Couture Stencils ' site . The 30% discount will be automatically applied when you select any of the items under this tab and add them to your cart. No coupon code is...Read More...
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Washing Silicone Rolling Mat in Dishwasher

Joanna (Cookie Mojo)
Hi, folks! I use a rolling mat like this one to roll out my cookies, which I LOVE, but cleaning it afterward is kind of a pain because it is so big. It can be washed in the dishwasher, but I've never figured out how to load it so that it gets clean. Does anyone else use one, and if so do you wash in the dishwasher and how do you load it?Read More...
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Dehydrator Pros and Cons

The Cookie Cart
Question: Thoughts on dehydrators. I hear they help keep a good shine on the cookie . . . They set the icing quickly and better for shipping . . .they seal the cookie. I've also heard, they dry out the cookie (so adjustments are to be made to recipe). I'm looking into getting one, but figured I'd get the most honest and educated answers here. Do they make that much of a difference? I value your comments.Read More...
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New Electric Wall Oven Recommendations

I would love to get opinions regarding the purchase of a new electric wall oven (with microwave). My wall oven is on its last leg. It is about 50 degrees off. I have to bake sugar cookies for 16 minutes at 350 degrees (the recipe says bake 6 to 8 minutes). I also have a gas oven but I don't like how it bakes cookies (I only use it for baking other foods). I would love any advice regarding the brand of electric wall oven I should consider purchasing. Thank you.Read More...
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