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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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Coffin Break

Yes, you’ll want to take a long coffin break (pun intended!) just to admire these 3-D coffin cookies, a few of the many cookie projects possible with Julia’s September 2022 Kitchen Club project kit. Make these coffins as individual party

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Coffin Break, Closer

Let’s creep a bit closer to Julia’s 3-D coffins so you can ooh and aah over the expert airbrushing and stenciling on top. Made with Julia’s Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit from her Kitchen Club Collection, these cookies look spookily

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Graveyard Shift

Look closely, and you’ll see that a precisely airbrushed and stenciled skeleton cookie is keeping watch on this graveyard shift. In addition to containing all of the tools to make 3-D coffin cookies, Julia’s Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit also

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To Die For

What’s perhaps most wonderful about Julia’s Dynamic Duos™ stencil designs is that the pieces in them can be mixed and matched ad infinitum, allowing so many different cookies to come from the same two stencil sets. Take this 3-D coffin

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No Bones About It

Make no bones about it – Julia’s Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit, the debut kit in her Kitchen Club, is incredibly versatile. In addition to containing stencils and cutters to make wooden coffins, it’s got a skeleton stencil sized perfectly

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Scared Stiff?

No reason to be! Julia’s Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit, the debut kit in her Kitchen Club, is very easy to use, especially if you purchase the kit bundle that contains the companion instructional video. In that video, Julia starts

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Bone-afide Beauties

Is it possible to be creepy and alluring at the same time? These bone-afide beauties (pun intended!) definitely prove so. Made with the skeleton cutter and stencil in Julia’s Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit, her Kitchen Club debut kit, these

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Two spooky 2-D caskets! While Julia’s full-blown Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit provides all of the tools and video instruction to make fully 3-D coffins with skeletons inside, you can also purchase the starter kit and get your feet wet

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Tempting Treats

Made with Julia’s starter 2-D Halloween Coffin and Skeleton kit, these two coffin cookies are every bit as tempting as her 3-D versions shown elsewhere in this gallery. Plus, they’re the perfect project for those just beginning with airbrushing and

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A Study in Stenciling

Made for Julia’s 2022 icing fundamentals course at the International Cake Show Australia (ICSA), this double-decker cookie is a study in stenciling. The large ivory heart was stenciled with royal icing using a masked-off cake stencil, whereas the small white

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Everything’s Just Rosy

Here’s a side view of Julia’s double-decker heart cookie made for her 2022 appearance at the International Cake Show Australia (ICSA). Notice the delicacy of her piped royal icing roses?! It’s achieved by using a very thick icing and a

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Birds and Butterflies

The detail on these cookies belies their ease. Because they rely heavily on the relatively quick rubber-stamping technique, they are actually a lot simpler than they look. Just stamp the cookies and a few fondant sheets, dust them with compressed

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Flying Solo

Here’s that beautiful rubber-stamped and dusted bird cookie all by itself and a wee bit closer. Rubber-stamping without missing spots or smearing the coloring can be a little tricky. Fortunately, Julia has a sure-fire method to avoid these pitfalls that

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Flying Solo Redux

Another stamped bird cookie, but on a gilded plate with different props. Isn’t it amazing how a simple change to the photo-styling can create a very different feeling? Julia often tries out multiple props (many gathered from her days as

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Bevy of Butterflies

Of course, the same stamped fondant pieces can be arranged in so many different ways, leading to almost limitless designs. To create this look, Julia dispensed with the bird you saw elsewhere in the gallery and added a bevy of

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Charmed Approach

Okay, one last rubber-stamped still life in this series, just to demonstrate this style’s versatility! This cookie uses the same vase shown on another cookie in this gallery, but it has an added succulent and more tiny butterflies. Just by

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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