June 2017

Any Stencil Requests?

Julia M. Usher
ATTENTION, Stencil of the Month Club Members! I'm beginning the design process for November, December, and January Prettier Plaques TM stencil sets. Do you have any requests for patterns or scenes that you'd like to see transformed into a five-piece set? I can't guarantee I will, but if any ideas seem popular and/or strike me as unique, I'll give them serious thought! MANY THANKS IN ADVANCE!Read More...
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Congrats to Our Two (!) July Site Artists!

Julia M. Usher
July is a month blessed with bounty - idyllic summer vacations, laid-back gatherings with friends and family, outdoor parties galore, festive patriotic fireworks (at least here in the US), and . . . yes, two Cookie Connection featured site artists! Aren't we lucky?! The artist whose work will be featured in the first half of July is none other than @Magadiuz, aka Ina Uzzanu, who was, coincidentally, also featured around this time last year. (See that post here .) Ina's...Read More...
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Congratulations to Our New Site Contributor!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! I've got a great surprise for you! @Aproned Artist, aka Samantha Yacovetta, has officially joined our team of Cookie Connection contributors as of today! As you probably know from seeing her work on this site, she's made a name for herself in the cookie world with her precise work, elegant designs, and keen attention to showstopping details. So it only makes sense then that her bimonthly cookie tutorials will focus on the special little details that make big...Read More...
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Surprise Visitor - No Saturday Spotlight!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone! My sincerest apologies. Tomorrow morning, I'm getting a surprise visit from a family member who I have not seen in several years. So yesterday, after receiving an email that she was passing through St. Louis, I dropped everything and spent several hours furiously cleaning up cookie debris and trying to make the house look civilized. Right now, it's 3 am on Sunday morning, and I have just finished the bare minimum of cleaning (bathrooms, kitchen, and guest bedroom), and I can't...Read More...
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Metallics for Painting and Other Applications

I've been seeing a lot of very shiny metallic painting lately. I particularly love the golds and silvers I'm seeing, but everything I've used doesn't give me that shine. I've seen metallics for both painting and airbrushing. I would love to hear what others are using and see the results they are getting.Read More...
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Balance Between Taste and Shape . . . Help!

My cookies are either coming out perfectly in shape, but taste almost like short bread . . . Or delicious, but spread into unrecognizable blobs . . . The recipe I used was a no fail/no spread recipe that called for 3 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tbsp baking powder, pinch of salt, 1 cup butter, 1 tbsp vanilla, and 1 egg. I had to add a little vegetable oil (less than 1/4 cup) because the dough was so crumbly it wouldn't roll out. I chilled the dough for the allotted time, used cool cookie...Read More...
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Taste Test - Freezing Cookie Dough

Brand new here so don't know if I am in the right forum for this. I happened upon this site when Googling about my question. Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite joys in life. However it is so time and labor intensive that I started to freeze my doughs ahead of time and then bake within a few weeks of Christmas. Since doughs can be frozen up to 6 months, I actually considered starting my doughs in June. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or factual but I think I can taste a...Read More...
Last Reply By Kimberlie · First Unread Post
I have a Cubs cookie cutter that I love. The red Cubs and the blue outside circle are indented, so it is just a matter of flooding to fill them. The first batch I made I just left the raised parts (which are white in the logo) unfrosted but I'd really like to make them white to get the colors to really pop. Any ideas on a relatively fast way to make the raised parts of these cookies white? I tried piping white but that took way too long. I have yet to try dipping. I also thought maybe a thin...Read More...
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Site Downtime for Maintenance on June 15

Julia M. Usher
Hi, everyone. On Thursday, June 15, 2017, my tech team at Hoop.la/Social Strata will be doing maintenance on the systems that power Cookie Connection for the purpose of maintaining and improving the security and stability of our service. The maintenance window will be from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm EDT. During the maintenance window, there will be occasional outages of up to 30 seconds, however, Cookie Connection will be functioning normally for the vast majority of this period. If you should...Read More...
Hang onto your pastry bags, Cookie Connection members! We've got a world-class sugar artist and educator as our featured guest in our upcoming July chat! (Aside: I'm still working on scheduling our June chat, and will keep you posted if it should materialize.) Wondering who our July chatter might be? Here are some hints . . . he comes from the UK, but now lives in Georgia, USA; he first rose to stardom, at a very young age, because of his fabulous cakes and sugar flowers; he's made sweets...Read More...
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Attention to those attending my classes in Argentina in August: I will be selling my stencils there, and am now taking pre-orders for them. If you want to be sure I bring those stencils you want, please send me your stencil orders no later than July 1 (email me at sweetlife@juliausher.com ). I'll take payment when I arrive in Argentina, either in USD or via credit card. Unfortunately, I cannot accept any Argentine money. Thanks! I'm looking forward to bringing my product line to another...Read More...
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Wood vs. Marble Rolling Pins

Forum: Tools
Lately no matter how good I flour my wooden rolling pin, my dough seems to stick when I'm rolling it out. I was wondering, instead of having to keep adding flour, does a marble rolling pin work any better? I apologize if this already has a thread. I looked and looked and could not find it discussed. Hoping I didn't overlook something.Read More...
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