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Hi, all! There will be a brief hiatus in chats in December, seeing as most of us are likely to be distracted by the holidays. But, come the new year, we'll be chatting again in full force with the launch of our CookieCon 2019 Speakers Series, dedicated to conversations with the event's featured presenters ! It was just yesterday (almost literally) that we concluded the 2018 series. Because CookieCon changed to an annual schedule, now each spring, we're experiencing nearly back-to-back...Read More...
Yes, Berni Solti (aka @Gingerland) is back with us for the duration of December! A few months ago, Berni gave me a load of site art for many different months, and, within that treasure trove, she gifted me with TWO options just for December. Both are so darn cute (see below) that I wasn't quite sure which to choose . . . Option 1: Option 2: . . . and so . . . I didn't! (Avoiding decisions sure makes life easy! ) I'll be starting this month with the first stocking and tree...Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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Hi, all! In case you didn't catch this recent (December 4) piece in the The New York Times , it's worth a read. It features several notable cookiers (many members of this site) and talks about the evolution and dynamics of the "modern-day" cookie business here in the US, focusing a lot on friendships and connections forged online! Link here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/1.../sugar-cookiers.html More power to cookiers, and congrats to all who were interviewed or mentioned, including...Read More...
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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...
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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...
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Interview with Me on Caker's Chat

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Last year in April at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo, I was interviewed by the very fun and charming Juliet Galea of Caker's Chat . Her company was part of the official media team covering the event, and she elected to interview a number of cake decorators, vendors, competitors, and others attending the show. I was, however, the sole cookie decorator who was interviewed! (I hope I represented us well! ) At the start, she asks me a bit about how I got started in the sweets business and...Read More...
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Egg White Icing Refrigeration

GilM
I think I have read all of the royal icing topics pertaining to egg white safety, but I still have a question. If this topic has already been asked and answered, please let me know. I understand that using pasteurized egg whites (or meringue powder) reduces, or eliminates altogether, the possibility of salmonella, and that a high sugar content in any confection will retard the birth/spread of bacteria, but as I am not cooking the icing at all, the pasteurized egg whites are still considered...Read More...
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Making Your Own Molds

Has anyone tried making their own molds? I apparently want the impossible - a tiny bow shape - and by tiny I mean about 1/2 inch horizontal. I did find some sprinkles that were the right size but they only came in white or pink and I want red (and I can't imagine painting them would work). I have found many different molds that produce bows but none of them are as tiny as I want (except for one supplier on Etsy that can't get them to me in less than a couple of weeks). I have tiny bow shaped...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
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: https://www.confectioncouturestencils.com/collections/sale-stencilsRead More...

Saturday Spotlight Resumes on December 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick heads-up: there will be no Saturday Spotlight on December 8, as I am in all-day video shoots and classes the entire weekend. The Spotlight will resume on December 15, Christmas shopping and house-cleaning permitting! Thanks for your understanding. Maybe I'll get a clone for Christmas?!Read More...
I want to make my own cookie stencils. Do you think I need to buy the latest model or can I get away with one of the older models used? I would love to save some money and get a used one. I have seen some on Ebay and even Craigslist. My main goal is making cookie stencils. I want to upload my own images. What model do you have? Suggestions appreciated.Read More...
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Getting Discouraged

GoBakeItUp
So I opened my Etsy shop right before Thanksgiving and two days ago I got my first order. I was so excited...and then everything that could go wrong did. For some unknown reason, my cookies spread when they usually don't. (even chilled) Then I had overflow and shaky hand syndrome. To top all that off I ended up with craters in my eyes. Oh yeah, can't forget the color bleed that has never happened to me before! Needless to say, I have to start all over. Thankfully I gave myself enough time...Read More...
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Chocolate-Bourbon Orange Toasted Pecan Cookie - Recipe Help!

Terry H.
Greetings cookiers! Happy baking season! Is everyone else having the best time baking 24/7? I am working on my chocolate-bourbon, toasted-pecan orange cookie recipe. Everything is great except the bourbon flavor is not strong enough. Any ideas? I'm using Sweetapolita's "Perfect Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies" recipe as a base, adding orange zest, toasted pecan pieces, bourbon and orange extract in the icing. I'm up to 4 tablespoons of bourbon but not getting a good bourbon kick in the cookie...Read More...
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Is My Gingerbread Dough Too Dry?

AnyaS
Hello, I've never baked with gingerbread dough before, but thought I'd give it a try this week. I used Julia's recipe ( https://www.juliausher.com/blo...t_cookie_gingerbread ) and weighed all my ingredients. I followed Julia's video, and my dough looked the same before refrigeration. After refrigeration my dough is really dry. It cracks quite a bit when I roll it. I have to knead it a bit to warm it up, and then it stops cracking. But I think warming it up encourages it to puff and spread...Read More...
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Confection Couture Stencils' Holiday Gift Certificates

Forum: Tools
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...

How Do You Do It All?! Really!

Hi, everyone! I have been stalking and learning for quite some time now. I haven't had to write a post thus far, since my questions are usually answered after some searching. I have read on this particular topic a few different times, but I have to ask for myself, in my own way. How do you balance it all? I have a full-time job as a legal assistant and three school-aged kids. I want so badly to make a batch of cookies every night but by the time all other areas of life are handled, at least...Read More...
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