April 2018

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...
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Best Way to Package Party Favor Cookies?

54mama
Hi all, I'm making cookie favors for my babysitter's wedding shower and trying to sort out the best way to package them. I owe her my sanity and want these to be really special. Each guest will get two 3" diameter cookies. Normally I heat-seal my cookies in 2 mil poly bags, but they don't lend well to adding a bow (the plastic is too thick I think). So, first question...do I put each cookie is its own bag? Or layer them together in one bag? And then, do any of you heat seal and then add...Read More...
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New Member Moderation Practices

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Due to an unfortunate rash of spam/fake members signing up for the site since January 2018, I am moving to a new system of moderating new member signups. In the past, everyone who signed up for Cookie Connection automatically had access to the site, without any moderation/review by me. However, this process has (recently) allowed a large number of fake members (10 to 20 per day) to join, and has created an ENORMOUS amount of cleanup for me - about 1 or more hours each day to delete...Read More...
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Photo and Graphic Design by LilaLoa; Permission Granted to Post Here Hi, everyone! I just wanted to alert you that @LilaLoa (aka Georganne Bell) has a new "Expert Q&A" feature on her blog, where she asks a panel of cookiers (yours truly included) a different question each month. This month, it was all about rolling cookie dough ! It's been fun to formulate my answers and to read the sometimes very different responses from the others. (Just when you think you've...Read More...
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Hi, all! I just wanted to give a warm welcome and thank you to Dotty Raleigh of @SugarDotCookies for becoming our latest site advertiser. If it weren't for the contributions of such supporters, Cookie Connection would cease to exist. (That may sound dramatic, but it's true!) So thank you again, Dotty! Also, I wanted to alert you to what Dotty is advertising, as I think it will interest those of you with cookie enterprises, or those aspiring to launch businesses soon. For a while...Read More...
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Heads Up: No Saturday Spotlights 'Til May 12

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! In case you missed my announcement at the end of last week's Saturday Spotlight , here it is again . . . I'll be traveling for the next two weeks (first to SoFlo in Miami and then to teach in the Dominican Republic), so I will be unable to publish Spotlight s for the next two weekends. I've learned over time that trying to travel, teach, and maintain this site and a personal life all at once do not a sane Julia make! I apologize for the hiatus, but promise to resume our normal...Read More...
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Hi, all! I'm super excited to introduce our next live chat, not only because the featured guest, Chris Taylor, is a fierce competitive baker, but also because this chat marks the first in my CookieCon 2018 interview series! Woo hoo! Over the next few months, my aim is to conduct live chats and in-depth Cookier Close-up interviews with all of the fabulous core presenters on the CookieCon 2018 roster. If you're not familiar with CookieCon, it's the country's biggest cookie-only convention and...Read More...
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More Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! Got your attention again! As it turns out, I'm sponsoring and judging another great cookie competition this year at the Show Me Sweets Cake & Candy Convention , on September 8-9, 2018 in St. Charles, Missouri. This show is only one year old, but it generated an impressive turnout for the cookie competition last year, and it only promises to be even better this year. So far, over $2500 in cash and prizes has been donated for four categories in the cookie competition. For more...Read More...

New to Royal Icing...

I am a newbie to using frosting sheets and basically icing cookies in general, other than with my kids for the holidays, so I have what many might think is a silly question . . . when I decorate cookies with my kids and make “icing”, I have always used a recipe that I found online with confectionary sugar, milk and corn syrup. It ends up shiny and quite thin. I am looking to decorate my cookies and have more of the thick non-shiny look - what I typically see under an icing or frosting sheet...Read More...
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Amazing Cash Prizes for Cookiers!

Julia M. Usher
Aha! So I got your attention, didn't I?! Good, because I wanted to remind you that, as always, I'll be sponsoring and judging my namesake cookie decorating competition at this year's Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show , aka OSSAS, on September 28-30, 2018. It's the show's 25th anniversary, so founder and host Kerry Vincent is surely going to pull out all the stops! And so should you! It's not too early to start designing your competition entry! Attached is a screen shot of the competition prizes...Read More...

CookieCon 2018 Sugar Show Categories Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Hey, all! If you're going to CookieCon (the country's largest cookie decorating convention) in September, they recently announced their Sugar Show (cookie decorating competition) categories, as described above. This show, and others like it, are often a great way to push your skills to new heights, regardless of whether you win any prize. For more information about the event, please visit the CookieCon site .Read More...
Hi, all! I just got an email from the casting agency for Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge, and they are already casting for this year's series, believe it or not. Here's what the casting letter said: "Our casting team is currently searching nationwide for the best cookie makers in the country to put their skills to the ultimate test in a fun holiday cookie competition. Do you make flawless florentines, magnificent madeleines, and perfect pinwheels? If cookies is your calling, this...Read More...
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Hey, all, as you may know, I will be at SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo later this month, demoing both my stencils and my new airbrush system. I expect to have some awesome show deals for you too, like the ones pictured here: I'll be located in Booth #200 in plain view, very close to the front doors. I hope to see you there! I also wanted to alert you to the show's cookie competition, which I am judging along with Amber Spiegel (SweetAmbs) and Sandie Beltran (You Can Call Me Sweetie). It's got a...Read More...
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