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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


December 13, 2012


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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May 30, 2012

Beadwork Technique Tips

Even though some people may think of beadwork (the making of perfectly round icing dots) as a minor icing detail, I treat it here and in my...

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May 26, 2012

Filling and Handling a Parchment Pastry Cone

So how do you use my favorite decorating tool once it’s made? Regardless of the decorating technique you choose, there are some basic...

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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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