Sugar Buzz Newsletter

Summer-Fall 2012

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Feature | Party Girl!

Cookie Craft | Rose Cookies: Four Ways

Fanfare | New Video Series

Favorites | Designer Stencils

Eye Candy | Boo-tiful Cookies!

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Special Fall Fashion Edition!

Could decorated cookies be the new it-dessert? I certainly have a vested interest in making them so, but it seems they've genuinely gained ground on other sweets this fall. Last year, books 'o plenty were being published on the topics of sweets in jars, dessert tables, and the perennial cake pop. But this season, I'm seeing many more cookie titles and some brand new cookie events playing out on a national scale, including the freshly minted cookie division at the OSSS and the fabulous Cookie Con!

I've always thought cookies were fashion-forward, but even I've decided to spruce up my cookie-look this fall. In this issue of Sugar Buzz, you'll learn about the debut of my first-ever video collection, thanks to my sponsors Copper Gifts and Designer Stencils. You'll witness the expansion of my line of decorating tutorials - Rose Cookies: Four Ways being the most recent addition. And you'll even have the chance to show off your own dressed up cookies in my fourth Community Cookie Collection. Please, enjoy!

Live sweetly,

Julia Signature


Party Girl!

I'm not one who typically dances on tables, but I nearly did a jig on mine when I got the news last spring that Where Women Cook (my latest favorite magazine) wanted to feature one of my parties: an afternoon tea chock full of  - you guessed it - cookies! The article is due to hit newsstands on December 1, but in the meantime, here's a behind-the-scenes look at how I went about styling the event.

» More.

Photo by Julia M. Usher

Cookie Craft

Rose Cookies: Four Ways

These antique-y rose cookies were the centerpiece of my Where Women Cook shoot. Learn how to put them together by combining four different techniques: stamping, color inlay, dusting, and painting.

» Detailed step-by-step how-to.

Photo by Julia M. Usher


New Video Series and More!

That's me to the left, demonstrating the stenciling technique in one of my 16 upcoming cookie decorating videos. By late October, you'll be able to find my videos here. If you'd rather get some in-person instruction, I'm also touring several states this fall.

» Full calendar of events here.


Designer Stencils

Wondering where I got the stencil to make my cookie necklace pictured above? From the amazing Designer Stencils, which has the largest collection of culinary stencils I've ever seen.

» Shop here.

Eye Candy

Boo-tiful Cookies!

Didn't get your fill of cookie decorating in this newsletter? Well then, see what other cookiers are creating this Halloween season and share your spookiest work in my lastest Community Cookie Collection.

» View the collection.

Photo by Steve Adams


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