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Need one of Julia’s foolproof recipes? Some stunning cookie decorating ideas? Or a quick fix on Julia’s latest news and events? Well then, you’re in the right place! Here, you can stay up-to-the-minute current on everything that’s happening in Julia’s kitchen and studio – and in that always-churning mind of hers! IMPORTANT: Julia is still formatting blog entries prior to 2021 to conform to the new site layout. Please don’t be surprised if some back entries look a little wacky, and please be patient as she edits them over time.
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Layered Still Life

These luxe layered still life cookies are yet another application of Julia’s rubber-stamped fondant appliqué technique. Here, the flower vases and butterflies were stamped on fondant, cut out, and then allowed to dry before being dusted and attached to the

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Tidy Trimming

Wow! This zoomed-in version of Julia’s layered still life cookie truly reveals the thought and work involved. Just look at all the precision cuts! To trim out the fondant so cleanly and nicely, Julia relies on a thin-bladed paring knife

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The Stork Pays a Visit

What a darling baby shower set! It’s a relatively easy one too, as its rich detail relies on the speedy stenciling and rubber-stamping techniques. For an in-depth video tutorial showing how these cookies were made, check out Julia’s YouTube channel,

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Vintage Bulbs

The crocuses in Julia’s garden may be long gone, but she’s still celebrating crocuses (and springtime in general!) in her March 2022 Dynamic Duos™ stencil release. Called Vintage Bulbs, it features a progression of emerging crocus bulbs and two showy

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Vintage Bulbs Redux

Another view of Julia’s March 2022 Vintage Bulbs Dynamic Duos™ stencil release! Here, the center cookie was made with Julia’s Genie Plaque cutter and both sets in the release: the background set with the butterflies and crocuses, and the complementary

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The Bake Fest Premiere

In 2021, Julia had the good fortune to be among the first instructors selected worldwide for the premiere of The Bake Fest, now the world’s largest virtual baking and decorating event. She taught a one-hour advanced cookie decorating class where

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Textured Trio

Here’s another stunning grouping of cookies that Julia made for The Bake Fest, which premiered online in 2021. Julia’s teaching focus at this event was on layering and adding texture to impart dimensional interest to 2-D cookies.

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Poppy Pizzazz

The fifth flower in Julia’s botanical series, these dimensional poppies are so darn realistic. Every element was made with royal icing of a particular consistency – as hard as that may be to believe! To learn all of Julia’s tips

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Crazy About Clematis

Julia grows six or seven different varieties of clematis in her Missouri yard, so you might say she’s crazy about this flower. So crazy, in fact, that she chose it as a source of cookie inspiration. In this set, she

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Dogwood Delight

More oh-so-lifelike flowers in Julia’s botanical series! Though crafted entirely from royal icing using the piecework technique, these delightful dogwood easily pass for the real thing! To see Julia’s step-by-step instructional video, check out her YouTube channel.

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Dogwood Delight Redux

Here’s a slightly closer view of Julia’s dogwood cookies, just so you can better appreciate the very realistic details. From the shading on the petals (all airbrushed) to the plump buds (made with royal icing putty) on their gnarled branches,

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Soft Spot for Snowdrops

Julia has a soft spot for snowdrops. Her mom loves them too, and planted them to bloom with profusion throughout Julia’s childhood yard. Each year, this graceful flower signaled the start of spring, and, to this day, Julia associates it

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Soft Spot for Snowdrops Redux

Okay, this closer view should give you a better appreciation for the artistry and patience involved in creating these dimensional snowdrop cookies. Each flower petal, stem, and leaf was individually piped and airbrushed before being assembled into a snowdrop masterpiece.

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Heavenly Hibiscus

More dimensional floral cookies in Julia’s botanical series! These tropical hibiscus use Julia’s trademark piecework technique where every flower part is piped and airbrushed separately and then ultimately pieced together, either off or on the cookie. Aren’t they just heavenly?!

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Tropical Twosome

One of the pluses of Julia’s piecework technique is that the various royal icing parts (in this case, the flowers, buds, leaves, and stems) can be shuffled around cookies of any shape to make so many spectacular designs. This tropical

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Pleasing Plumeria

Julia rocked her piecework technique yet again on these dimensional plumeria cookies, part of her ongoing botanical series! Each petal, leaf, and stem shown here was individually piped with royal icing and then airbrushed before being pieced together into these

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After nearly six months in development, my new Kitchen Club Collection has arrived! Here’s an overview of some of the cookies you can make with my first kit in the collection, which released just in time for Halloween. Complete with stencils, cutters, and even an instructional video, each kit will provide all you need to make wonderfully rich and layered 2-D, and often 3-D, stenciled cookie designs. 

Stay tuned for more holiday releases in October and November! I hope you love my new club and kits as much as I loved designing them for you! – Julia