Blog: Cookie Connection

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.
Julia M. Usher

Sixth Watch-Learn-Create Challenge

Vintage-style piped swags, ruffles, and borders are all the rage right now, so I’m thrilled to present this very of-the-moment Cookie Connection decorating challenge this month. I’m even more thrilled to reveal its incredible featured guest – a cookier known and loved the world over

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Julia M. Usher

Fifth Watch-Learn-Create Challenge

“Dimension” and “texture” are two of the biggest buzzwords in cookie decorating these days, and Cookie Connection’s latest cookie decorating challenge will help you turn mere buzzwords into delicious reality

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Julia M. Usher

Cookie Connection Challenge #56

Organized by host Manu Pezzopane, this 56th Cookie Connection Challenge (the sixth in the new-ish Watch-Learn-Create series) focuses on how to add elegance to simple cookies with finely piped ruffle borders. And its featured guest is none other than the

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Julia M. Usher

Cookie Connection Challenge #55

This 55th Cookie Connection Challenge, organized by host Manu Pezzopane, centered around dimensional mixed media cookies and featured the very talented Carmen Urbano of Inspirations by Carmen Urbano. Born in Mexico and currently residing in San Diego, California, USA, Carmen

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Cookie Connection Challenge #54

Organized by host Manu Pezzopane, this 54th Cookie Connection Challenge featured Anna Oliinyk of Sunday Cookers. Anna is an award-winning cookie artist who earned first place and Best in Show in Julia’s 2022 and 2023 cookie art competitions. In this challenge,

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Julia M. Usher

Cookie Connection Challenge #53

Wow! This third challenge in Julia’s new Watch-Learn-Create series was a real gem! Hosted by Manu Pezzopane on Julia’s community-based site Cookie Connection, this challenge kicked off like every other with an instructional video by a noted cookie artist that was designed

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Julia M. Usher

Cookie Connection Challenge #52

Julia couldn’t have been more excited to announce the second featured instructor in her Watch-Learn-Create 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 cookie artist

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Julia M. Usher

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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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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Fourth Watch-Learn-Create Challenge

Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d say flowers are – especially when they’re as pretty as those in my latest Cookie Connection challenge with featured guest Anna Oliinyk of Sunday Cookers

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Third Watch-Learn-Create Challenge

Is painting your cookie-decorating nemesis? Many cookiers say it is, which is why challenge host Manu and I selected this topic as the subject of our next Watch-Learn-Create challenge on Cookie Connection

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Second Challenge in the New Series

Looking to hone your precision-piping skills? Well, you’ve landed in the right place, because the guest of the second Watch-Learn-Create challenge on Cookie Connection is the perfect pick to teach this technique

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