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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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A Second Live Chat in August! Woo Hoo!

Julia M. Usher
Our CookieCon live chat series continues with a second live chat in August! This time, it's with CookieCon keynote speaker @Anne Yorks of the wildly popular Flour Box Bakery . Anne is yet another cookie renaissance woman who has done everything from teaching online classes with Craftsy to running her own in-person classes and cookie bakery. So your questions for Anne can literally run the gamut! Anne's live chat is on August 25 at 10 am central , but her chat room is now...Read More...
It's that time again for our monthly site makeoever, and - wowza - we have indeed been transformed, thanks to this generous and very summer-y contribution from @Gingerland, aka Berni Solti. I just love the perfect porcelain-like finishes on Berni's cookies, and the added depth and dimension she achieves through shading with an airbrush! Her cookie colors work wonderfully with the Cookie Connection logo too - an added plus! Thank you, Berni, for keeping our site alive with...Read More...
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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...
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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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Failed The Taste Test

GoBakeItUp
So today I made my first ever batch of egg white-based royal icing. Usually I use sugar, corn syrup, water, and flavoring. I wanted to try a more traditional royal icing to see if my decorating results improved with the different texture eggs bring to the table. The bad news . . . my son hated it. I didn't even like it. For some reason there is a subtle after taste with the egg-based icing. Has anyone had this problem before? I loved the texture, but if the kids won't eat it . . . well, when...Read More...
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Julia on Cookies at the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (September 29/30), and Kerry Vincent and I are pulling out all the stops to make my namesake Julia Usher Decorated Cookie Competition the best ever! We’re trying to attract national media to cover the event, which is why we put together the above promo video. Plus, I’m offering cash prizes close to $2000 ($1000 for first; $500 for second, and $250 for third), the biggest in the cookie business. I'm...Read More...
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Woo hoo! After a little break from chatting in July, we've got a busy, all-star lineup in August! On August 11, we continue our CookieCon 2018 Speakers Series with CookieCon instructor and The Cookie Countess owner, Hillary Ramos! We'll naturally talk to Hillary about cookie stencils and stenciling (the focus of her business), but any other cookie questions are also fair game. To join Hillary's chat at the appointed time, just click on this link . Or, if you can't make the chat, no worries!Read More...
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Heat and Royal Icing

Hi, all! I hope this hasn't already been asked . . . I did an advanced search and couldn't quite find the topic I was looking for, but please feel free to direct me if there's already a thread addressing my question. I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with leaving cookies decorated with royal icing in a hot car for part of the day? I have an order that I'll be sending with my mother in law, but before they get to their final destination, they may have to sit in her car for a few...Read More...
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Freshness and Packaging

Hi, all! I have been making gingerbread biscuits here in 🇦🇺. I sell them at the local farmer's market and at different businesses. I have had a few issues with the freshness of the biscuits. I have them in clear poly bags and tie with ribbon, but I want to change it. How do you keep them fresh? How long do they last, and do you recommend heat sealing? Thank you.Read More...
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Dummy Display Cookies

Liesbet
Hello! Has anyone made dummy display cookies before? I would like to make Christmas cookie platters for display ahead of time, but also preferable that they can be used for 2 or 3 years. I was thinking of using a hard gingerbread-type dough that will last (e.g., like @Teri Pringle Wood's keepsake cookies), but am wondering if there is anything else that can be used? Has anyone done this? Does anyone have ideas? I worry if I would use Styrofoam (airbrushed the right colour) that...Read More...
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Seventh Annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale

Julia M. Usher
Woo hoo! Registration is now open for the seventh annual Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale , which raises funds to bring hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions while spreading the legacy of Bo Johnson. Each year, hundreds of cookiers gather online and in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA with thousands of cookies to be auctioned off for this wonderful cause. To date, more than 148 thousand dollars (yes, thousand!) have been raised through cookie donations, thanks in large part to the...Read More...

Seeking CookieCon 2018 Correspondents!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, everyone. Like last year, I'm seeking two or three people to serve as CookieCon 2018 correspondents - meaning I'm looking for folks who would be interested in reporting on their experiences at CookieCon (while at CookieCon) to those back at home. The reporting could be in the form of photo posts (like these from last year's event by @Bev Made Cookies and others) or blog posts (like those here by @Econlady and others). I'm also open to other creative...Read More...

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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September Pop-Up Help!

Hi everyone! I am a brand new cookier here I’m So. Cal. And I am going to be attending my very first pop-up event in September. I have no idea what I should offer in terms of purchasable sets. I was thinking back to school (maybe a last-minute gift for teachers), fall and maybe Halloween ones. I am not sure what to offer. Any advice, tips or tricks!! Thank you!! KristinRead More...
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2018 Cake Masters Magazine Awards - Nominations Now Open!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! As the graphic says, n ominations are now open for the 2018 Cake Masters Magazine Awards ! Once again, I have the distinct pleasure and honor of judging all of the sugar art categories in this illustrious competition. Please nominate your favorite artists now (there's a cookie category too): www.cakemastersawards.com/nominate . And since I am not judging the "Best Learning Experience" category, I'm putting in a shameless plug for Cookie Connection . If you like what you've...Read More...

Packaging Cookies for Store Sales

Felicia Nelson
I will be doing an online business real soon. There will also be a local store opening soon in my area, so I will be putting some of my cookies in the store. My question is: what is the best way to keep a cookie fresh for store sales? The size of the cookie will be 4x6 inches. The cookie will have royal icing on it. Can I wrap the cookie in a food-safe sealed plastic bag? Can it be refrigerated? I will be making them for the holidays, and they will be pre-ordered. Thank you.Read More...
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No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend!

Julia M. Usher
Heads up for those who did not see my notice at the end of last week's Saturday Spotlight . I will be in New York on personal matters this coming weekend, and therefore unable to post our weekend Spotlight as usual. Spotlight s will resume next weekend on July 28, 2018. Thanks for your understanding and patience.Read More...
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Removing Icing from Sides of Cookie

I wasn't sure if this is the right area for this topic, so if not, Julia, please move to appropriate section. So, I am a beginner and at times get sloppy with royal icing. So I have finally finished a cookie that I am really pleased with but unfortunately I did get some icing on the sides of my cookie from my messy hands. Is there an easy way to take that off? I used a sharp knife to scrape it off but just wondered if there are other tips and tricks (besides not being a messy decorator which...Read More...
Last Reply By Aproned Artist · First Unread Post
Hi! The Cookie Connection forums are a great spot to get speedy advice from other members, or to post your news. But before you post there, please read and heed the following rules: 1. Make sure your question (or topic) has not already been addressed , as we try to avoid duplicate topics. To do this, use the Advanced Search function under the "magnifying glass" icon (in the upper right of the site in standard laptop viewing mode) or under the yellow "Search" tab (to the left on mobile...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, everyone. I awoke, as I'm sure many of you did, to learn of the devastating flooding and landslides in Japan ( https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/07...ly-floods/index.html ), which have caused several deaths and millions to evacuate their homes. The news and images are utterly heartbreaking. I heard from our some of our members this morning who reported that they are "okay". I am so overjoyed to hear this, but very worried about our other members and friends. Please know my heart goes out to...Read More...
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Julia in Cake Masters' New "Cookie Icon" Feature

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that I was recently interviewed for Cake Masters Magazine 's new "Cookie Icon" feature. It's wonderful to see the Cake Masters editors extending this traditionally cake-focused feature into cookies! Here's a link to my interview . (It's also a bit amusing to see they edited me into a Brit! Never in my life have I used the word "mum" for "mom"! ) The entire July 2018 issue is also available for purchase on the Cake Master s' site here .Read More...
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Needing Help With These Hats!!

emilymader
Hello everyone! I am facing a design dilemma with these darn hats that my mother has insisted upon for her family reunion (the last name is Hatt, and she thinks it's too cute to do hats. Ugh. Lol). She bought the cutter and everything, and wanted 4 dozen cookies. I have never done an order this large. She is family, so she gets the family price. So . . . in short, I am unmotivated because I wanted to do something else, but she insisted on the hats. So far I have them flooded with brown icing...Read More...
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Manu, Our July Site Artist, Does It Again!

Julia M. Usher
Thanks again to Manu for adapting some of her photos from her recent (and completely stunning) water lily tutorial to fit our banner and backdrop! Lucky us, they'll be gracing our site throughout the entire month of July! They look absolutely splendid, don't they?! As noted in last month's site art post , I am now officially out of site art for the rest of the year, and I would love to feature YOURS! Getting your art featured is easy - you can work with existing photos and just crop them to...Read More...
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Royal Icing Tested

Hello! I’m working on starting up my cookie business in Arizona since we just got stationed here. Unfortunately, my royal Icing has to be tested for pH and water activity to see if it’s potentially hazardous. Has anyone had this done successfully? Or is it a lost cause. I’m sending mine to a lab next week, but if it does not pass what can I do?Read More...
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Upcoming October Classes with Julia (Me!) in Japan

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all. Just a quick note to say that my upcoming courses in Japan recently went on sale, and there are still a few places left. I'd love to see those of you I've come to know here in person , so here's the basic info. I am doing two types of classes in two places: both Kobe and Tokyo. The first one is a one-day fundamentals class and the other is a two-day more advanced class covering 3-D techniques. (See pictures of the projects below.) And here are the dates: October 17: One-Day...Read More...
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