June 2018

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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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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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...

Gold Royal Icing Color

Bear Clan Cookies
Hi! I am in search of the best “bling-y” gold icing colors out there. Most of my royal icing is mustard color, not the pretty, shiny gold I’m seeing out there. What are your favourite shiny gold gels, or dusts, or any other means of creating shiny, blingy gold cookies? Thank you!Read More...
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Hello, All

Thuê xe du lịch giá rẻ ghé thăm Cố Đô Hoa Lư, Ninh Bình Cố đô Hoa Lư là công trình kiến trúc cổ có ý nghĩa lịch sử, cùng với các lễ hội truyền thống được lưu truyền đến tận bây giờ, khiến bao du khách tò mò muốn ghé thăm. Trong bài viết này, đơn vị Cho thuê xe 7 chỗ Innova tại Hà Nội sẽ cùng bạn ghé thăm công trình kiến trúc cổ này nhé. Hoa Lư là kinh đô đầu tiên của nước Đại Cồ Việt. Sau khi dời đô về Thăng Long, Hà Nội, thì nơi này đã trở thành Cố đô. Cố đô Hoa Lư trở thành quần thể kiến...Read More...
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Fourth of July Cookie Stencil Sale!

Forum: Tools
Julia M. Usher
Heads up - 20% off all stencil sales of $25 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ' site! Offer good through July 8. (NOTE: The offer only applies to stencils and can't be applied on top of another discount/coupon code or to my monthly club.) Enjoy! Shop here: www.confectioncouturestencils.com .Read More...

Wedding Seating Card/Favor Cookies

IDA
My daughter married in March and we were looking for a clever way to create seating cards but in cookie form that could double as a favor for guests. I am by no means a "professional baker/decorator" but I can hold my own when it comes to creating cookies and I love a challenge. The hardest part for me was setting up the first name and table number on Microsoft Word but after that it was a breeze to print on edible wafer paper. Here is what I came up with for the more than 200 wedding guests...Read More...
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High Altitude Baking and More

Homemade for Heroes
Hi. I'm from Mexico and have been asked to make cookies. There are a few minor obstacles in my way that I'm hoping to get some help with. All we have here is an unrefined slightly coarse sugar, not the huge granular sugar and not very brown. Are there any variations I should use in the recipe? Next is baking temp and time. Any variances there? This is last-minute or I'd search the site. I did spend about an hour here last night on egg white royal icing. No MP (meringue powder) here! And...Read More...
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Hi, Everyone!

Sandi Vanderwall
My name is Sandi Vanderwall, and I am brand new at this as of November 2017. My husband gave me an ADC airbrush system and some templates. I purchased many molds and love to airbrush cookies and then add fondant items. I just submitted 3 of my cookies today (6/6/18). I am retired and settling down in an awesome semi-retirement community. I also was one of the lucky ones to register for the 2018 CookieCon! I am very excited to be a part of Cookie Connection . Oh, and the name of my small...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...

FDA-Approved Gold Luster Dust

Forum: Suppliers
emilymader
Hi, everyone, I've done some searching on the site but haven't found a recent post on this topic (most are old and the links are dead or not working). It seems a lot of people use "non-toxic" gold luster dusts on their cookies, but it is my understanding that these are not approved for consumption and should not be given to consumers. I have used the Wilton dusts and they're okay, but I'm wondering if anyone has found another FDA-approved dust that maybe has a little more "wow" factor? I'm...Read More...
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My White Royal Icing Bubbles! Help!

Carissa
I make all my royal icing from the same exact recipe, however, when I flood with white icing, it ALWAYS bubbles and it looks like little pimples when it dries. I have tried tapping the cookie to release the bubbles, but it does not work. All my other colors are super smooth, no bubbling. I am wondering if it is the white coloring I use? Any suggestions would be most appreciated!Read More...
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