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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


May 26, 2012

Making a Parchment Pastry Cone

I hope you’ll find it reassuring to learn that I do 95 percent of my cookie decorating with this simple DIY tool, also called a cornet....

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May 15, 2012

Easy Ephemera Name Tags

Need some name tags or place cards, but hate your handwriting? Or tired of store-bought options and canned clip art, yet not the best...

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April 29, 2012

Cocktail Cookies

Cheers to these cookies! They’re relatively fast and easy to decorate because many of their details - “salt” on the rim, lime wedge, and...

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April 21, 2012

Fiesta Dress Cookies

Flashy and fun for Cinco de Mayo, these cookies get most of their flair from the wafer papering technique.

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April 5, 2012

Panorama Easter Egg Cookies

You’ve heard of panorama sugar eggs for Easter, right? You know, the ones with icing-trimmed windows that frame edible vignettes nested...

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April 4, 2012

Rubber-Stamped Springtime Cookies

I call rubber stamping my ultimate cheater technique, because it allows anyone - even those without God-given artistic talent - to create...

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March 16, 2012

Needlepoint Easter Basket Cookies

The delicate needlepoint effect on these baskets is straightforward once you know how, but because the spaces in the grids are so small...

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February 5, 2012

Baby Rattle Cookies

Ever since developing the projects for Ultimate Cookies, I’ve been smitten with the notion of 3-D cookies. (You’ll see everything from 3-D...

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April 5, 2010

Postcard Place Card

I’ve got vintage postcards for every major holiday. Often, I just tuck them into tabletop vignettes to help convey the seasonal party...

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