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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 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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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...
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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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Wood vs. Marble Rolling Pins

Lately no matter how good I flour my wooden rolling pin, my dough seems to stick when I'm rolling it out. I was wondering, instead of having to keep adding flour, does a marble rolling pin work any better? I apologize if this already has a thread. I looked and looked and could not find it discussed. Hoping I didn't overlook something.Read More...
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Fondant Fruit Molds

I know this site is more about cookies than cakes, but I have a friend, and I need to make a cake for her one-year-old's birthday that is themed fruit. I can't find enough fondant molds in one place. If anyone knows where I can find them in the US, so I don't have to wait on customs, please let me know. I don't have much time. Thank you.Read More...
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Airbrush Use and Preferences Survey - I'd Love Your Input!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone, I'm conducting a little market research to help guide my development and design of a new airbrush system (gun and compressor) for use in cookie and cake decorating . I would very much appreciate your input so that I can best tailor the product to meet your unique decorating needs. Click here to go to the survey . (You can also return to the survey at any time by clicking on "Surveys" in the main navigation line, but be sure to log your answers before January 13, 2017 when the...Read More...
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Julia's March Stencil Release!

Julia M. Usher
Yes, it's mid-March (my, how time flies!) and once again the occasion for the grand reveal of my latest Prettier Plaques TM stencils . If you haven't yet heard about my new line, introduced at the end of 2016 and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding four new five-stencil sets, including my March Stencil of the Month , to my growing line. All sets are also sold as separates to give you maximum purchasing flexibility. As a...Read More...

Julia's February Stencil Release!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! It's that time again to unveil the latest releases in my Prettier Plaques TM stencil line . If you haven't heard about my new line, introduced in November and designed in partnership with Stencil Ease , you can read all about it here ! This month, I'm adding five (!) new five-stencil sets (also sold as separates) to my rapidly expanding line, including my February Stencil of the Month. As a reminder, my Stencil of the Month is part of my Stencil of the Month Club (natch! ),...Read More...
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