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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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CK Meringue Powder

Hi, I am having issues since the last couple of days with my royal icing. I always use CK brand and use the same recipe and never had a problem like this. When the icing is mixed, I see beige dots or pieces through out the icing and when I try to pipe, it gets stuck in my tips. They are tiny but never before has this happened. Anyone experienced this before or what am I doing wrong? Thanks AsmitaRead 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...
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Christmas Show

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...
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Packaging Royal Icing

Hello, all! So I want to make some cute DIY gingerbread cookie decorating kits and am unsure as to how to go about packaging the royal icing so that it lasts several days without separating. Is this possible? My first thought would be to put in an uncut plastic icing bag and seal it up but I don’t think that will last more than 2-3 days. Is there a trick to this?Read More...
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A Thanksgiving Cookie Stencil Sale - Through November 5!

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

Announcing the CookieCon 2019 Core Instructors!

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! As you may know from my previous post, CookieCon 2019 registration opened tonight, October 26, 2018. ( Click here for reg info .) In case you're still on the fence about going, here's a photo of the CookieCon core instructors, and here's a link ( ) to learn more about them. I'm thrilled to be a part of this event this year, and sincerely hope to meet you at CookieCon in March! Also, please leave requests for what you'd like me to teach below!Read More...
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Meet Our November Site Artist!

Julia M. Usher
Finally! At long last, Missouri has jumped fully into fall, all in the 11 few days that I was in Japan. My green trees suddenly have tinges of red and orange on them, and all of the seed pods in my garden are now definitively VERY brown. I chose this month's site artist (Timea Gazdagné Görbe, aka @PUDING FARM) not only because her work very much conveys the state of my fall yard , but also because poppies are the symbol of "remembrance". Later this month, we have one of our...Read More...
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A Halloween Before and After

So almost a year ago to the date, I decorated my very first sugar cookie. I became totally addicted to the process. Since then I've done cookies for almost every major holiday and some others just for fun. I just love everything about cookie decorating from designing, to baking, to decorating. I've made a TON of mistakes over the past year but practice makes perfect. My decorating skills still need improvement and, frankly, some of you Cookie Connection members out there just amaze me with...Read More...
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CookieCon 2019 Registration Reminder - Reg Opens Tonight!

Julia M. Usher
Just a reminder that CookieCon 2019 tickets go on sale this evening, October 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm PDT (7 pm MDT, 8 pm CDT, 9 pm EDT). At that time, you can visit and click on the registration link at the top of the page to purchase your ticket. Be forewarned that tickets sell out fast! To see some tips and a video about how to register, click here: More...

CookieCon 2019 Has Just Been Announced!

Julia M. Usher
Wow, CookieCon 2018 has barely started, and CookieCon 2019 has already been announced! As luck would have it, CookieCon is moving to an annual schedule of every spring, starting in March 2019. Mark your calendars now for the world's largest cookie-only convention! For more information about pricing, registration, and so on, please visit the CookieCon site, here .Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Last Chance to enter our Wickstead's Giveaway. Ends Midnight (UK time) TODAY! There will be 5 UK-only winners & 5 worldwide winners. You can enter via our INSTAGRAM &/or FACEBOOK Pages. Wickstead's October Giveaway via INSTAGRAM & FACEBOOK . To celebrate the launch of our brand new Eat Me Edible Transfer Sheets, we are giving away 10 FREE sets! You even get to choose which of our Eat Me Edible Transfer Sheet designs you would like. All of our current designs are listed on...Read More...
Last Reply By Wickstead's Eat Me · First Unread Post
As some of you may know, I've been traveling and teaching in Japan over the last week. These teaching experiences are memorable in SO many ways, but the biggest joy BY FAR is making real, live, face-to-face connections with Cookie Connection members. It's so wonderful to finally put faces to names, and to talk in person with those people I've grown to admire and appreciate from afar. This week, I've had the good fortune of meeting at least four Cookie Connection members...Read More...
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Hi, I’m a new mom to a 7 week old. I haven’t accepted any orders since July to give myself a maternity leave. I’m no longer working my 9-5, and I would like to begin making treats full time. However, being a new mom is exhausting and I’m worried about reopening too soon and being unable to keep up with orders. Ideally I thought I’d have a routine by now and could reopen, but my daughter has no schedule, things are still a bit chaotic and I’m receiving inquiries for orders in November and...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all, a quick Saturday Spotlight update! Two days ago, I posted a special (and extra long) Spotlight featuring the winners of my "Julia Usher's Decorated Cookie Competition" at the 2018 Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS). Those winners were Stacy Frank (aka @thefrostitute), Shelby Bower, and Heather Brookshire. (Congrats again, ladies!) Not only did they create superb works of art for the show, but they also did a superb job of providing work-in-process photos and...Read More...
Woo hoo! Cake Masters Magazine just announced the finalists in its 2018 awards program! As a judge, I can say with certainty that the finalists' work is amazing (better than ever, in fact!) and the judging will be intense. Joining me in the very difficult task of judging this year are the following esteemed sugar artists. It's a tremendous honor to be included among their ranks: Now, onto the really important stuff - the 2018 cookie finalists! Please say congrats to the following talented...Read More...
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