Thursday, November 8, 2012

2012 CookieCon: The Cookie Event of the Decade

I've just returned from an absolutely amazing cookie event.
There's so much to share.....

I promise that this is going to be a LONG post with lots of photos.
That's a warning to those who don't want the full details. ;)

With so many photos to choose from.....
I made collages of various topics.
Needless to say.....this has taken way too much time and energy.
(Hmmm......just like my cookies. haha)
But I've enjoyed every minute of it and hope you will enjoy the end result.
A labor of love.....

Cookie Con

...the first of it's kind...
International (7 countries represented)

Cookie Art Convention & Sugar Show
 in Salt Lake City, Utah on Nov 1 - 3.

Read much more about it at


I took off early Wednesday morning, October 31.

We stayed in the beautiful DoubleTreeSuites.
The accommodations were excellent.

Salt Lake City was gorgeous this time of year.
All the colorful leaves were still on the trees.
You can see mountains in every direction.
We had mostly warm temperatures and sunny days.
Nice. :)

 Since several of us arrived at least a day early.....we decided to have some fun together.
We visited a store called Gygi Culinary Arts Center.
Needless to was a cookie decorator's delight.
See that wall of cookie cutters? AMAZING!
(And yes.....I have a cupcake on my head. haha)

Here's my lovely group of "pre-CookieCon" friends as we strolled through
the City Creek mall and went out to lunch together.
I love this bunch of ladies!!!

One of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in SLC is Red Iguana.
Since it was not within walking distance.....
we went to the "Taste of Red Iguana" at the mall that day for lunch.
DELICIOUS! And the best part was being with cookie friends.
(My super nachos were about twice as big as I am. heehee)

And was time for the long awaited CookieCon to start.

The first thing we received was our swag books.
WOW......they were awesome.
Talk about a delightful bit of Christmas for one who loves to decorate cookies!

We played a fun card swapping game to get to know each other.
We had a blast. The noise level in the hotel went up a few decibels very quickly. ;)

Lots of friendships grew this weekend.

Karen & Mike (Karen's Cookies) were our hosts.
They put on the Greatest Show on Earth!
This was the first time they had done anything like this......
and yet it seemed they had thought of everything.....and spoiled us rotten.
They are both such wonderful, giving people that love sharing cookie decorating with others.

A huge thanks and congratulations go to them as they celebrate a
very successful international cookie event!

The presentations were fabulous!

Alison Stinnett: Piping and RI transfers
Glory Albin: Fondant on Cookies & Photography and Food Styling
 Pam Sneed: De-mystifying Glaze & Packaging and Boxes with BRP Box Shop
Callye Alvarado: Cookie Think
Elizabeth Adams: Painting on Cookies
Lisa Snyder: Airbrushing
Julia Usher: Stenciling and Adding Dimension to Cookies
Maryann Rollins: Platters, Message Cookies, and Beyond Platters

So much was taught.
So much was learned.
I'm honored to be in the company of all of these dear ladies.

Probably the highlight of the presentations was Arty McGoo's love note
made for all the CookieCon attendees.
I believe there were not many dry eyes in the house when this video ended.

Arty McGoo's Cookie Con Love Letter

My first presentation was on "De-mystifying Glaze".
I was a bit nervous.....but all went well.
And there were lots of sweet ladies who came to me later and spoke very kind words.
What a delight to share what I know about decorating with glaze.

(Thanks Karen & Mike for that opportunity!)

 After the first full day of presentations....a bunch of us went to one of the "real"
Red Iguana restaurants for a wonderful meal together.
Another evening of lots and lots of fun.
Cookie people are the most kind, sweet, and fun people ever. :)

Saturday morning was the "open decorating" session.
There were several stations where everyone could try out things like:
  • Fondant
  • Ribbon Roses & Brush Embroidery
  • KopyKake
  • Painting
  • Airbrush
  • Glaze
There was also a station to make up your own colors of icing....
and another with lots of embellishments (sprinkles, dusts, sugars, etc).

At the Glaze station, ladies had the opportunity to try glaze icing (some for the very first time).
It was so fun to have it available to many who had never worked with it before.
And decorating with other decorators is DELIGHTFUL.
This was one of the highlights of CookieCon. :)


We interrupt this blog post to share some food photos. haha
I love to take pics of beautiful food. Trust me.....we ate LOTS of it. lol
Back to our regularly scheduled program......

The Sugar Show was another highlight of the event.
Everyone was encouraged to bring some spectacular cookies they created at home.
And they certainly did.
If you'd like to see all the sugar show winners, go to the CookieCon FB page.

Here's some of my personal favorites that were entered in the show.....

Top left: "SNOW" & "NOEL" by Michelle Jones
Top right: "Snowman Family & Christmas Tree" by Robin Wegener
Bottom left: "Autumn Collection" by Gloria Mercer
Bottom right: "Christmas Charm Bracelet" by Nancy Paine

It was also very very fun to connect with golden friends from the past.......

And make lots of new friends as well....

Anita Cadonau-Huseby (Sweet Hope Cookies)
was one of those new friends that I was delighted to get to meet face to face and enjoy.
 She started out CookieCon with a "give-away" apron and
later came down in her jammies to decorate cookies like she always does. :)

And then I had the privilege to room with a long time friend,
Ali of Ali Bee's Bake Shop.

She's expecting her second child (first son) and we helped her celebrate the upcoming joy. :)
She was obsessed with arugula salad the entire weekend.....
so I had to get a photo of her feeding the baby a very healthy snack. :)
And finally.....she and Michele Jones were probably the two shortest ladies in the crowd.....
but Ali won first place in that arena. ;)
Love that girl! ♥

BRP Box Shop was a big part of CookieCon too.
I love these folks. They are friends to cookie decorators.....FOR SURE!
It was wonderful to have them there.....showing off their products....
and debuting their new ornament box that became available on their website
DURING my Packaging and Box presentation.
I had the privilege of working with them these last few months to develop 
the seasonal box to debut at CookieCon.

And they gave away some FABULOUS prizes....a bicycle and a unicycle!!!

Yes, you saw it here first.....Kip of BRP Box Shop decorating with royal icing. haha

CookieCon closed with an awards banquet on Saturday evening.....
complete with a blinged-out apron contest. 

Lots of prizes and awards were given.
No one went home empty-handed.

A big thank you to all the CookieCon Sponsors.
They helped make this event incredibly successful.

And finally......I'll leave you with pics of lots of pics of cookie friends.

If you've read this are a dedicated follower of this blog.
Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings about something I'm
extremely excited and proud about. :)

For lots more photos, go to the CookieCon FB page.

To see other's posts on CookieCon, check out the link-up party at The Bake Equation.

A special thank you to friends that shared photos:
Lauri Anglen, Anita Cadonau-Huseby, Nancy Paine, & the "official" Cookie Con photographer.


Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} said...

The cookie con event sounds great. I wish they did things like that over here and those cookies from Karen look spectacular!

Mike Summers said...

Awesome post Pam! Was wonderful to see you there! :)

Jennifer Evans said...

So glad to see what fun you all had! I'm planning on being there next time!

Anne @ Have a Cookie! said...

Great job Pam! It was a weekend I will NEVER forget!!!

cookiecrazielady said...

Agreed, Anne. :) ♥

Cristin's Cookies said...

It's funny to me that you said "if you've read this far, you're a dedicated follower". I actually read your post and kept looking over to the scroll on the right side hoping that it wasn't getting too close to the bottom to signal it was coming to a close! I thoroughly enjoyed your beautiful photos and the recap of CookieCon and sat here with a big smile on my face enjoying it all. I know that had to be a lot of work to upload all your photos and create collages and write the recap of such an amazing event. Thanks so much for sharing. Hopefully next time I'll be there and not living vicariously through my cookie friends :-)

Elizabeth Boncich said...

Aaaawwwww Pam! I already missed you but now I miss you more! Fabulous recap!

Joni from SpringFling said...

Oh wow. Louisville was fun, but this looks amazing! Thanks for pulling this all together, especially for those of us who couldn't be in Salt Lake City. I just love the new ornament boxes and both the cookie cutters you inspired. They have been added to my wish list on Karen's Cookies page. lol. I'm sure Mike & Karen were fabulous hosts. So much creativity in one place had to be overwhelming. Way cool.

Melissa Barbakoff said...

What a fun post? Those collages take some time, huh? So many great pictures. One of my favorites is when you are teaching and looking slightly down at the projector. Such a great picture. One of the highlights was not having to read one of your tutorials but getting to see it live! Priceless!

Glory Albin said...

What a great wrap up, I think you covered it all so well! What a fun weekend we had! Can't wait to do it again.. after I rest up!

Rachel K said...

SIGH...SIGH... Please, make room for a rooky Cookier from Down Under next time!
his is wonderful. Oh makes my heart ache to be with such creative people.
imagine what I could learn. SIGH..
Rachel K

Michelle Jones said...

Fantastic blog post! First thing I read when I woke up this morning - great way to start off a Friday!
Can we go back please??

sofia said...

Thanks Pam for sharing your experience! I whish I could be there but it was too far from where I live in Italy! I am a cookie obsessed as you and many of you are!!! :-) I like to take inspiration from your work and I whish I could share my passion with all of you oversea!! ciao

Dotty said...

That was great Pam! I loved both of your presentations and meeting you! Thanks for sharing so much with us. I've learned so much from you.

perfectsweets said...

Simply the perfect words, for your perfect first cookiecon! Thank you Pam for sharing. And you are an amazing person to share this with the world. Watch out cookiecon, next year there might be 1000 cookiers going, including me!

cakencookiebakr said...

Thanks for sharing this! What an awesome event.....would LOVE to attend some day!!

Whisked Away Cookies said...

This is such a great compilation of photos! You have me smiling all over again! Love this!

Lindsey Agee said...

Pam, it was so great to meet you! I enjoyed talking with you! You are a gem! Great blog post! <3

cookiecrazielady said...

You're so sweet, Cristin. Yes, yes, time you need to be there. We can't have another cookie event without you! It was my pleasure to share. I always try to think of how I would feel if I'd not be there.....I'd want all the details. So that is how I decide what I'm going to share. :) Love you! ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

And I miss you more too, Elizabeth. It was such fun putting it together.....making me want to return as soon as possible. Thank you! ♥♥

cookiecrazielady said...

It was beyond anything we could imagine, Joni. This was a cookier's dream, for sure. Next time! ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

You are so sweet. Thank you for that kind comment. I'm glad that my presentation went well. I had some awesome recipients who were very very gracious. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Agreed, was a weekend of incredible-ness. :) I hope we can do it again soon. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Plan on it, Rachel. You will be so blessed. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Yes, Michelle......let's go back right now! heehee So thankful for you. ♥♥♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Sofia.....we had ladies from UK, Brazil, Spain, and Australia. Italy is not too far away. Start planning now to attend next time. You won't regret it. ♥♥♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks Dotty. A pleasure to meet you too. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

And you are super sweet, say such lovely things. time it is going to be even bigger and better. Can't wait!!! ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks cakencookiebakr. You definitely need to plan on coming next time. A cookie event....beyond our wildest imagination. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

I'm smiling too.....sweet Tracy. :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

It was a pleasure to meet you too, Lindsey. Thank you. Next time!!!! ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks Mike. It makes me happy to share with others the awesome-ness of CookieCon. And to have your approval means tons to me. :)

cookiecrazielady said...

Yes.....Jennifer. Next time! :)

Nancy Paine said...

Pam, this is a lovely tribute to an amazing event! Thanks so much for your hard work to post this so soon for people to relive it, and to have a taste of it if they didn't get to attend. It was such a treat to get to spend time with you, my early morning buddy! Love and hugs! Nancy

Anita said...

I have learned a valuable lesson' that being what happens at Cookie Con does not stay at Cookie Con. BUT aside from one possible exception I LOVE all the photo collages you put together. It was an honor to meet you Pam as well as soon many other amazing women. And now I'm off to decorate cookies but first I think I'll change....into REAL clothes :)

cookiecrazielady said...

Oopps......I'm sorry, Anita. I didn't ask first. I had no intention of offending you or breaking the rule at Cookie if you'd like me to take down the collage of you, I will. I'm so sorry! Please forgive me?

Bea Garcia said...

Yay for all the fun!! Boo for not being there!!! Loved re-reading this, Pam! I shared on my blog... xo

cookiecrazielady said...

My pleasure.......and yes, we had wonderful early morning time, didn't we? :) ♥

cookiecrazielady said...

Missed you terrible, Bea. I'm glad you got to see our trip in photos. Love you! ♥

Andrea @Cupookie said...

What an amazing post. I loved reading and seeing all the photos from CookieCon. For anyone that did not go can come here and see what a wonderful event it was. Thanks for sharing Pam ♥

Liz @ Arty McGoo said...

Pam! I love how comprehensive your CookieCon post is! Thank goodness I got to experience it for myself, but I know if I didn't your thoughtful post would make me feel like I was there. Love all the pictures and all the details. I am so blessed to know you! You did an incredible job on your presentations and I thank you for inspiring me. xoxo

Cat Colbert said...


You don't know me but I think the picture was adorable. To me, it shows the fun times had at CookieCon and how comfortable everyone was. I'm sure no one thought it inappropriate. That's just my opinion but it looks like you had a good time. It's not like you came down in a teddy :) Smile, have a great day and wonderful memories of the event.

Ali Bee's Bake Shop said...

Awe! We sure did have a great time ROOMIE! :)

cookiecrazielady said...

Yes we did, Ali! :)

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