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

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...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all! Craftsy has done it again with another cookie decorating course. This latest one , by @Anne Yorks of Flour Box Bakery, shows how to make fun and fabulous cookies for all four seasons of the year. I have not taken this course, but, judging from Anne's popularity on the Craftsy site, it's bound to be another good one. Also to note: If you sign up to take this class through any of the links in this post (like this one ) or in this site's sidebars (all of which are...Read More...
Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
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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...
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
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...
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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Royal icing issues

Hi all! I'm having problems and I hope someone can help!! I've been making the same sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe for YEARS! now all of a sudden, the icing is failing on me. It happened a few weeks ago for the first time. I doubled the recipe because I had 100 cookies to ice and by accident I used a whip. (I assumed it was the whip that was the problem) The icing almost doubled in size in the bowl and it didn't dry for 6 days!! It tasted almost like a marshmallow. And when it...Read More...
Last Reply By NJturnedFL · First Unread Post
Hi, I’m a new mom to a 7 week old. I haven’t accepted any orders since July to give myself a maternity leave. I’m no longer working my 9-5, and I would like to begin making treats full time. However, being a new mom is exhausting and I’m worried about reopening too soon and being unable to keep up with orders. Ideally I thought I’d have a routine by now and could reopen, but my daughter has no schedule, things are still a bit chaotic and I’m receiving inquiries for orders in November and...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all, a quick Saturday Spotlight update! Two days ago, I posted a special (and extra long) Spotlight featuring the winners of my "Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition" at the 2018 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS). Those winners were Stacy Frank (aka @thefrostitute), Shelby Bower, and Heather Brookshire. (Congrats again, ladies!) Not only did they create superb works of art for the show, but they also did a superb job of providing work-in-process photos and...Read More...

Brand New - Wickstead's Eat Me Edible Transfer Sheets

Forum: Suppliers
Wickstead's Eat Me
BRAND NEW! Wickstead's EAT ME Edible Meringue Transfer Sheets Our Eat Me Edible Transfer sheets are a brand new and exciting way to add unique designs and patterns to your edible creations. They can be used with a variety of edible creations, including meringues, cookies, and lollipops. For meringues, pipe your mix onto our Eat Me Edible Transfer Sheet, and the designs will be transferred as your meringues bake. Check them out HERE . We are still in the process of experimenting with all...Read More...

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
Hi, all! My tech team, Hoop.la, will soon be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of your service. This maintenance is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The maintenance window is from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). During the maintenance period, there will be occasional site outages of up to 30 seconds, but Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast...Read More...

Adding Meringue Powder to Royal Icing to Speed Drying?

TeriT
Okay, all . . . I was just sitting here with my mind wandering about icing, since I have a batch of cookies patiently waiting for me. I use Julia's RI recipe with pasteurized egg whites. It always turns out just dandy for me, howeeevvveeerrr . . . I am wondering what would happen if I added say about 2 tablespoons or so of meringue powder. No water, just meringue powder. Since that's what makes the icing harden (I think), wouldn't it make it harden a bit faster? Has anyone tried this yet,...Read More...
Last Reply By Babushka's Bakes · First Unread Post

Pico Projector

I hope I'm posting this question in the right spot! I am very new to using a projector for cookie decorating, so I have a ton of questions that I can't find answers to anywhere (probably because they're no brainers and I'm a novice)! Does anyone use a pico projector with their laptop - NOT with an iPhone/iPad? I can project images/text I have saved, but I can't change the size/zoom to make it fit the cookie. I see a lot of info out there about using the Camera Lucida app with an iPad . . .Read More...
Last Reply By Elke Hoelzle · First Unread Post

Cottage Food Operations and Meringue Powder

Forum: Legalese
Hi! I am hoping/trying to set up a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) in California for my cookies. I thought I had everything lined up, and have just been told that California doesn't allow meringue powder (or similar) in icing. I have truly cried, it makes me so sad! And I have heard this is not unique to California. It makes absolutely no sense to me that it is allowed in a professional kitchen and not in a home kitchen. Professional kitchen rental is just too expensive for a startup...Read More...
Last Reply By CarrieG227 · First Unread Post

Say Hello to Our May Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Hi! Yes, that site artist is me once again, so we'll skip the usual artist intro and move onto more important matters - like how to get your art featured instead of mine! I'd really, truly love to have more submissions from all of you. One reason is selfish: I'm bored with seeing my cookies. Typically, I've looked at them for countless hours before posting them here, and enough is enough! But the primary reasons are for you. Featured cookiers get noticed by other members, potential...Read More...
Last Reply By Elke Hoelzle · First Unread Post

Taking the Challenge

Tina at Sugar Wishes
To my joy, the package from Chef Alan's Global Sugar Art, which I won in a Cookie Connection (CC) Practice Bakes Perfect (PBP) challenge, was patiently waiting for me as I finally returned stateside for a visit. It was filled to the brim with so many products; it was like an early Christmas present packed with colors, dusts, tips, sprinkles, mixes, and powders. A cookier's dream - $100 to shop at Global Sugar Art's online store! Few people can understand what a marvelous gift this was to me!Read More...
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Halloween and Fall Stencil Sale on Confection Couture Stencils!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
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...
Yes, you got that right! Even though CookieCon 2018 is over, I'll be wrapping up live chats and Cookier Close-up interviews with the remaining CookieCon instructors in the coming days and months. Stay tuned for interviews with @Hillary Ramos (aka The Cookie Countess), @Jodi Till (with whom we chatted just last weekend, here ), and @Anne Yorks (aka Flour Box Bakery), as well as both chats and interviews with @Andrea Walters...Read More...

Images Turning Green Over Time

Can anyone speak to why printed images on fondant turn a green color after a week? I am placing them on royal frosting with thinned corn syrup. Would placing the image on a thin layer of fondant be better? Is the corn syrup the problem? Or . . . is the changing of colors just something that happens over time?Read More...
Last Reply By ValerieAM · First Unread Post

New YouTube "Kookievision" Channel

Forum: Videos
Sweethart Baking Experiment
Hey guys, So - I started a channel on YouTube for my cookie decorating videos. It started out as a Facebook live stream in my cookie decorating workspace once or twice per week, but then construction started on our street and it was so damn loud to do live videos, so I started to create edited videos of individual cookie decorating and condensing them down to one minute (so I could share on Instagram) but then I thought . . . why not create a channel on YouTube for them, make them a bit...Read More...
Last Reply By SandraR · First Unread Post

Bleeding Edges🙈

Hello all, I have searched for months to find an answer to a problem that happens sporadically. When I ice my cookies, it is not apparent at first but, after they sit overnight, some of the cookies, whether they have white icing or dark-colored icing, begin to “bleed” around the edges. It almost looks like greasy spots that eventually travel to the entire cookie, but it’s embarrassing because if I deliver them early they look very splotchy. It is not a greasy bowl or spatula or any...Read More...
Last Reply By Aproned Artist · First Unread Post

Saturday Spotlight Delay

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I had intended to post a CookieCon Sugar Show recap as this weekend's Saturday Spotlight , but I am still awaiting the final winning photos. It is now pretty late here and I have mounds of other work to do, so I will hopefully post it tomorrow (Sunday) or just as soon as I receive the photos. Stay tuned! From the photos I've caught on Facebook and Instagram, the wait will be worth it - the show looked pretty darn spectacular!Read More...
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