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Blog Recipes and Tips From Julia Usher


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
Photo by Julia M. Usher


February 27, 2014

3-D Box Templates

Wondering where to find the templates that accompany my 3-D cookie box video tutorial? Good news! This is THE exact place!

Simply click...

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January 20, 2014

3-D Cookie Heart Box Templates

I’ve gotten a number of requests for the dimensions used in my 3-D cookie heart box, and so without further ado, here they are in the file...

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January 19, 2014

Stuff-able Stocking Argyle Pattern

Here’s the template for the argyle needlepoint pattern on my Stuff-able Stocking project, pictured right and described in full in the links...

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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!) 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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