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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


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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April 4, 2010

Wafer-Papering Technique Tips

Wafer-papering is relatively new to cookie decorating and involves nothing more than a simple cut-and-paste technique. For the uninitiated,...

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April 4, 2010

Dough-Wrapping Technique Tips

I’ve just begun to play with dough-wrapping to create cool 3-D cookie effects - and I love it! But what the heck is dough-wrapping, you...

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March 1, 2010

Stenciling Technique Tips

A cookie decorating technique after my own heart, stenciling doesn’t require that you be a born-again Van Gogh. With a pretty stencil, the...

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February 15, 2010

Marbling Technique Tips

Marbling is responsible for the wonderfully intricate, Italian watermark-like patterns on the various cookies, pictured right. While...

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February 14, 2010

Cotton Candy Cupid Clouds

Put everyone in high spirits with these whimsical Valentine’s Day cotton candy displays. In addition to the candy, two other parts are...

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