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Hi, all! I'm back! My apologies for the brief hiatus in chat listings - it's been a super busy month with CookieCon prep! But, the good news is, once CookieCon is over, we're continuing with another two or three chats in our CookieCon Speakers Series! Woo hoo! Next up, on March 30 (10 am central), is CookieCon 2019 presenter Kristin Grunder of Grunderfully Delicious ! As always, we love to receive questions in advance, so please don't hesitate to post some now, especially if you can't make...Read More...

The Judges for Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! I trust you've heard by now about my cookie decorating competition?! If not, it's called J ulia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition ™, and it's being held this year at the Show Me Sweets Show in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, USA on July 13-14, 2019! Its aim is to celebrate our amazingly talented cookie community and to help cookiers take their skills to the next level! People sometimes panic at the sound of "competition", but I like to remind them that winning top prize...Read More...

Welcome Our March Site Artist

Julia M. Usher
She's back . . . yes, this month's site artist is none other than @GinkgoWerkstatt, aka Anne Lindemann. Anne loaded me up with site art about a year ago (for which I am eternally grateful), and I am gradually releasing it to the site as it fits with the month or season at hand. I thought this very finely executed needlepoint banner and backdrop by Anne (pictured below) were a perfect fit for March - a month that, at least here in St. Louis, teeters precariously between winter...Read More...
Last Reply By Icingsugarkeks · First Unread Post
REALLY incredible news, everyone! The poster pretty much says it all, but for more of the exciting details, please read my related blog post here . For more competition and registration info, please also visit my competition page on the Show Me Sweets site . (Lastly, please note that my competition includes BOTH 2-D and 3-D categories, both with great prizes, but this opportunity only relates to the 3-D category.) I can't wait for you to meet me in St. Louis, as the saying goes! BTW, if you...Read More...
Last Reply By CHELY Morales · First Unread Post
Hi, all! First, huge thanks to Cookie Connection members @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) and @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.! In an effort to lure more Japanese members to this site, they generously volunteered to translate the site's Terms of Use (利用規約) and Photo Posting Guidelines (画像・動画投稿について ―― 投稿する前に必ずお読みください) into Japanese! THANK YOU, LADIES! Now, everyone will find links to the Japanese translations at the top of each of those pages (links above), and also directly below: Terms of Use...Read More...
Last Reply By pip · First Unread Post
Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
Last Reply By Mas Galletas · First Unread Post
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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Overlapping Design

Mignon
I need some help in determining what the best method would be to decorate cookies for a local hospice where I volunteer. I want to recreate there logo which is a pair of overlapping hands in a heart shape. I am attaching their logo for reference. I'm not sure what approach to take for the best results. Do I do a wet on wet for the overlapping "fingers"? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.Read More...
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Looking for Foolproof Bakery Cookie Recipes

Hello - I’m trying to find outstanding cookie recipes found in bakeries to make for my cookie treats. I would like the confidence of having standardized recipes so that I know it will 100-percent turn out when baked and bake properly. If any of our cookietiers could assist me in this dilemma, I would really appreciate it! Thanks.Read More...
Last Reply By Joanie · First Unread Post

Business Email and Website

I would like to ask advice about getting a business email address and setting up a business website for just a presence at this point. I don’t have any income at this point and was looking for a free business email and a free website. Any help would be great. I needed to survey the cookie community. Should I set up a Facebook business account? Not that great at technology. Thanks to all who contribute.Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Top of My Cookies Flake and Bubble

Hi all, I have a slight issue with my cookie recipe. The tops of my cookies bubble slightly and then flake off into my icing when I’m decorating and cause a mess. Any ideas as to why this is happening? I chill the dough before cutting and baking but can’t figure out how to stop this.Read More...
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Hey from Seattle :)

Seattle Cookie Maker
Hi, fellow cookiers! My friend Kym Joles peer-pressured me into joining here, and I can't believe everything I've been missing out on! Thanks for letting me participate, so excited to see what you all create, and to learn new things! You can find me on social @seattlecookiemaker , and I love love making new cookie friends. Yay cookies!Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Spring and Easter Cookie Stencil Sale!

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Julia M. Usher
Usher (pun intended!) in an early Spring with this fabulous stencil deal! We’re offering 20% off all Easter and Spring cookie stencils on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ’ site through 3/18/2019 . Simply use coupon code EASTERCOOKIE at checkout. (NOTE: This code can't be combined with any other offers or discounts or applied to cookie stencil accessories.) Shop Spring stencils: https://tinyurl.com/y3bmqnws Shop Easter stencils: https://tinyurl.com/yygyob7lRead More...
Hi, all! The world is absolutely abuzz with all sorts of cookie events this year! Here's a great first-time event happening in Asbury Park, New Jersey in October: I'm thrilled to be demoing and vending there, as well as leading this wonderful cookie competition judging team: As with my cookie competition at Show Me Sweets in July , this competition will also have both 2-D and 3-D categories, along with some awesome prizes. Plus, the show has all sorts of vendors, classes, and other...Read More...

Alternative to Glad Wrap Pods

Hi, everyone, I was wondering if anyone has found a good alternative to using Glad Wrap to put their icing into pods before putting it in the icing bag? I can't imagine not using this technique. I've done it forever and it really helps me save on wasted icing as well as bags and clean up. The problem is that the Plastic Glad wrap isn't really environmentally friendly, and it can't be recycled at all here where I am. 'd like to still use this technique but has anyone found any way of doing it...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Favorite Stencil Products??

I’m very new to the game, self taught, and LOVE learning new techniques. That being said, I find all of the stencil world very overwhelming. Does anyone have a favorite stencil holder? Any techniques I should avoid/know? Also, when it comes to stenciling is there a favorite airbrush dye you like? I would be so grateful for any feedback! Thank youRead More...
Last Reply By Sugar Cookies by Shannon · First Unread Post

Cracks/Craters in My Outlines

KoekieKins
I'm brand new to cookie decorating, and I really want to make it into a full-time hobby. I made some practice cookies today for a customer, however I find that my outline makes these craters as they dry. I use 20-30 second icing, and I find the consistency to be fine while piping, but could it be that? Also, I don't know if this matters, but I'm living in Houston where its really, really humid. If that has something to do with the drying process? Does anyone else have this problem?Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

No Saturday Spotlight This Weekend

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Once again, I am out of town this weekend with an all-consuming event - this time, it's a large private party with interactive airbrushing stations and 3-D cookie performance art (by me)! It should be great fun, and a bit of a new experience for me, but it requires setup and breakdown starting tomorrow and going nonstop through Sunday. That being said, there will be no Saturday Spotlight this weekend. I'll resume them on March 9. Thanks for understanding!Read More...
First group of Creative Cookie Festival & Edible Arts Show Instructors ~ Michelle Boyd of Good Gracious Cakes , Myriam Sanchez of ChapixCookies , Shalie Socher of Sugar Flowers by Shalie , Shirlyn Leong of Cookies Art by Shirlyn and Laura Saporiti of SugarLand . More to come ... Registration for VIB Sweet Spot and classes begin March 27th.Read More...
Last Reply By Patrick Larson · First Unread Post

CookieCon 2019 Coverage (by Moi)

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all! Just a quick update on what to expect in terms of CookieCon coverage this year. As you probably know, I usually enlist a team of correspondents to cover the event with photos, videos, and blog posts. (You can see all past CookieCon coverage here and here .) Last time, our correspondents even got special "Press Team" t-shirts and lanyards! Well . . . I've got some good and bad news for you . . . First, the good news! I am teaching at CookieCon this year, which I am tremendously...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, all! I've got some bittersweet news to share. After writing on and off for the site since 2014 (!), the crazy-talented @Lucy (Honeycat Cookies) is officially retiring from her popular "What's New, Honeycat?" series of blog tutorials on Cookie Connection . "Life is good", reports Lucy; she's simply gotten too busy with her real job and life in general to keep up her pace of super high quality work here. Of course, I will miss Lucy beyond measure (what a delight she was to work...Read More...
Last Reply By Lucy (Honeycat Cookies) · First Unread Post

Help with Royal Icing Roses

Hi, I am new to the site and certainly not a professional baker. I followed your advice and recipe for royal icing, and had much success in icing the cookies with outlining and flooding. I even tried some wet-on-wet techniques. My problem was when I wanted to create mini roses and flowers with royal icing. Although the icing was stiff "glue consistency", the rose petals seemed to NOT hold their shape and sink in. Are you supposed to use another kind of frosting? Any tips or tutorials for...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Hi, cookiers! I was wondering if I could ask a general technique question, specifically as it relates to how you prefer to do your color preparation, thinning and bagging. If you're doing a lot of cookies and are preparing larges volumes of each color, are you: A) making as much of each color as you need up front, or B) mixing colors a little at a time and re-mixing as needed. If you're mixing your colors up front, do you: A) bag it all up in as large of an icing bag/cone/bottle as will hold...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post

Icing Separating Really Quickly?!

Sabrina Veksler
Hi, all. I hope someone has advice for me that might spare me a ton of time and frustration. This last batch of royal icing I made **really** liked to separate. I ice cookies with a combination of icing bullets in piping bags with couplers/tips, and an assortment of Sweet Sugarbelle squeeze bottles. The last batch of cookies I made had a palette of 12 colors, 6 of which had both outline consistency and flooding consistency. What I noticed was that, I would start mixing, thinning and bagging...Read More...
Last Reply By Julia M. Usher · First Unread Post
Good afternoon, cookie friends. I am struggling with this and need some advice. I have a former high school classmate of mine who is "Facebook crazy". I do think she spends all of her free time on the thing. My issue is that she is constantly sharing photos of other cookiers' work to my business Facebook page with accompanying messages like "thought of you..." or "how about something like this?" I want to allow customers to post messages to my page, but I am uncomfortable with friends...Read More...
Last Reply By CookieNovice · First Unread Post
Hi, all! As you may or may not know, anyone can post a tutorial to our blog, but these posts all get reviewed and edited by me to make sure they meet Cookie Connection blog standards. This review process often takes three or more hours per post - more when language translation is involved. That being said, I am unusually busy right now, so I am not accepting blog posts from anyone but official contributors for the next few months. If you are not on the Cookie Connection contributor team but...Read More...

Hi-Ratio Shortening . . . in Gingerbread?

thefrostitute
I recently needed to make a cake that would keep its decorations crisp while sitting outside in the Texas heat. I got turned on to hi-ratio shortening for my buttercream and am obsessed, it went beautifully, no more Crisco for me! Which brings me to this post. I lack a scientific-based-baking background so thought I'd ask here before potentially wasting a bunch of ingredients: would swapping out standard Crisco for hi-ratio shortening in my gingerbread have any effect on the final product?Read More...
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