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Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher

Projects

I love to craft just as much as I love to cook. (The large number of non-edible projects in my book Cookie Swap should have tipped you off!) There’s something very satisfying about shaping nothing into something with my own two hands. Plus, a handmade invitation, party favor, or gift is the truest expression of the heart. In this special blog file, you’ll find an assortment of my latest crafting projects, tutorials, and tips, some edible and others not, classified by project type.

Dough Contouring Techniques for 3-D Heart Box
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August 13, 2013

Dual-Mode Stenciling

What the heck is dual-mode stenciling, you ask?! (So sorry - it’s the former engineer in me who loves to make up pseudo-scientific names to...

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May 1, 2013

3-D Contoured Basket Cookies

Lovely for Easter, May Day, or Mother’s Day, these baskets are made from contoured cookie dough covered with frosting sheets. Simply swap...

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April 14, 2013

3-D Stenciled Basket Cookies

I was obviously a little obsessed with baskets this spring! Here’s take two, a 3-D stenciled version, which is actually a tad easier than...

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March 30, 2013

Happy Easter Cookie Roundup!

Finally! The last of our recent 8 inches of snow has melted, my daffodils are almost in full bloom, and I’m totally warmed up to the idea...

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March 16, 2013

Easy Spring Flower Transfers

Sure, there are lots of gorgeous readymade royal icing transfers out there. (In fact, one of my favorite sources is fancyflours.com!) But...

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January 1, 2013

Holiday Party Crackers

If you hadn’t already gathered, I have a sweet spot for 3-D cookies that resemble things you never thought they could be - like these...

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December 14, 2012

Stuff-able Stockings

Think out of the box - and off the plate! I love the element of surprise that comes from cookies presented in new and different ways, like...

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December 13, 2012

Santa-sational!

Create a sensation this Christmas with these easy-to-decorate Santa faces inspired by clip art of vintage images. All that’s required are...

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June 10, 2012

Old-Fashioned Rose Cookies, Four Ways

While prepping for my recent video shoot, I became fascinated with these simple rose cookies and how amazingly different the same stamped...

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May 31, 2012

Packing Cookies for the Long Haul

If you’ve ever worked in the wedding cake business, you’ll appreciate why I always approached delivery day with an impending sense of doom....

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