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Who’s Judging in 2023?

The faces on my judging team are a little different this year, but the collective talent and experience level are as high as ever. Say hello to the talented cookiers who will be evaluating entries in the 2023 in-person edition of Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition

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Let’s Set Another Record

In 2022, sponsors of Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™ raised a record-breaking $20,000 to support cookiers and the advancement of their art. I challenge you to help take this number over the top again this year

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My 2023 Competition Is Here!

Didn’t get a chance to compete in Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™ in 2022? No worries, the 2023 competition has arrived with more great opportunities to test your cookie-decorating chops

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Drumroll, Please!

At long last, it’s the time so many of you have been waiting for – the grand winner reveal in the second virtual edition of Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition

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Cookie Connection Challenge #52

Julia couldn’t be more excited to announce the second featured instructor in her new Watch-Learn-Create Challenge series! Hosted by Manu Pezzopane on Julia’s community-based site Cookie Connection, these challenges kick off every two months with an instructional video by a noted

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Cookie Connection Challenge #51

Earlier in 2022, Cookie Connection‘s popular Practice Bakes Perfect challenges got a makeover, and Challenge #51, which opened on July 20, was the first challenge bearing this brand new look. Woo hoo! Hosted by longtime Cookie Connection contributor Manu Pezzopane,

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International Alignment

Waiting with bated breath for the finalist announcement?! Well, exhale and read on! The judges and I made a change to how we award prizes that you need to know about

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Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #50

With the help of three different challenge hosts over the years, Cookie Connection is now celebrating its 50th Practice Bakes Perfect challenge! Woo hoo! Challenge #50 is commemorating that milestone by giving entrants the opportunity to revisit any of the past

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What to Expect Now

Wondering what happens now that you’ve entered my competition?! Well, wonder no more. The judging timetable and feedback process are spelled out here

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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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