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Gold Sponsor Spotlight, and More!

Here’s a special tribute to this year’s gold sponsors who went above and beyond to make our record-breaking prizes ($19,000!) a reality. Plus, two very important competition updates

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Important Schedule Change

Wishing you had more time to create for my competition? Well, you’re in luck. An unexpected set of circumstances for me means more prep days for you

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Meet the Judges

So, who are the remarkable cookiers that will judge my competition entries this year? These faces may very well be familiar to you

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Just Do It!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my competition isn’t about winning. Sure, that would be nice, but there are better reasons to compete. Hear what they are from last year’s winner in the 2-D Cookie category

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Live with Laura Replay

If you missed my live with judge Laura Saporiti on July 25, there’s no reason to fret. You can capture all of the gems that she and I shared about the judging process in this handy replay video

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Live with Laura

Wondering what my competition judges look for (and don’t look for) in entries?! Wonder no more! Judge Laura Saporiti and I will tell all in our next Facebook live Q&A

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2023

After two years of running her competition online due to COVID, Julia returns with her judging team to That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show in Round Rock, Texas in 2023. She can’t wait to see your entries in person! The

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2022

After a false start at its usual in-person home at That Takes the Cake (TTTC) Show, Julia’s annual cookie competition has once again gone virtual in 2022. (When TTTC canceled due to COVID for the second year in a row,

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You Asked, We Answered!

Yes, that’s exactly what happened on July 7 in our live competition Q&A with judge Sandie Beltran. Read on for the très informative video replay

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2022

Important Update: Unfortunately, That Takes the Cake Show canceled on January 16 due to COVID, and so this in-person format of the competition was also canceled. But there’s good news: Julia will be re-launching her 2022 competition in a virtual

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Julia’s Cookie Art Competition 2021

Due to COVID, Julia’s annual cookie competition went fully virtual in 2021. The call for entries closed on October 15 with a record-high number of entries from all over the world. After much deliberation and some extremely difficult decision-making, Julia’s

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Show Our Sponsors Your Love!

Send your love to the 17 special companies who are responsible for our record-breaking $19,000 in prizes this year. And consider contributing yourself! There’s still plenty of time to make your mark on the cookie competition of the year

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Get Your Questions Answered!

Not sure what skill level classification you should choose? Still not clear about where and how to register? No worries! On July 7, you can get all of your lingering competition questions answered

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2022 Reg is Open!

Woo hoo! Reg is now officially open for the second virtual edition of Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™. But before you jump to register, read all of the important competition info here

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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