November 2018

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 Mugwump · First Unread Post

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

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

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

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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Congrats to the Cake Masters Magazine Awards Winners!

Julia M. Usher
Last weekend, the winners of the Cake Masters Magazine Awards were announced during their gala at Cake International in Birmingham, England. As one of the judges (see all of my fellow judges below), I can tell you that the competition was particularly stiff this year, and the work was utterly amazing in many categories. Please visit the Cake Masters Magazine Facebook page for a complete rundown of all of the winners. I did, however, want to give a huge shout-out to the cookie winner here,...Read More...
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Suggestions Needed for How to Decorate a Logo Cookie

I am a beginner! My boss is retiring, and I thought it would be nice to make cookies with our company logo. I worked with a company to create a custom cookie cutter but now I'm not sure how to go about decorating the cookie. Fondant? Royal Icing? The letters should be blue with a white background. Any suggestions for a very determined beginner who has about a week to figure this all out would be greatly appreciated!Read More...
Last Reply By Manu · First Unread Post

Christmas Show

beautyandthesweets
So I've been up and running as a legal business from my certified home kitchen since April. Sales started super slow but have been picking up the past three months. But I need more sales to meet my financial needs and actually profit. I've tried participating in a few craft shows and the last was a total bust. I've already paid for a spot in a local show at the beginning of December and I'm wondering what products you guys think would sell best? I also do cakes and other baked goods as well.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

A Thanksgiving Cookie Stencil Sale - Through November 5!

Forum: Tools
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: www.confectioncouturestencils.com . Stencils designed in partnership with Confection Couture Stencils . Enjoy, and happy run-up to Thanksgiving!Read More...
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