From intricately iced Santa Clauses to mouthwatering macaroons, the Craftsy blog team was utterly impressed with all the creative Christmas cookies our members shared in Craftsy's Holiday Cookie Contest 2013.
And now announcing...
TWO 1st Place Winners of Craftsy's Holiday Cookie Contest!
After much deliberating, hemming, hawing and overall indecision, Craftsy’s expert panel of cookie-lovers at last determined that not just one, but TWO treats were stars of the Cookie Contest — one for its crave-worthy recipe, and another for its masterful decoration.
Our crave-worthy cookie winner:
These delicious (and wheat-free!) Snickerdoodles from Craftsy member Pepperchick
What made Pepperchick the most proud about her snickerdoodle cookie creation? "Creating a grain free cookie that is tender, chewy, delicious, and satisfies everyone, not just the dietary challenged," she says. Get the recipe for these tasty snickerdoodles here. If you want to make your own version, Pepperchick recommends that you "purchase the best quality ingredients available, as they will produce the best end result." Great work, Pepperchick!
Our masterfully decorated cookie winner:
Festive Christmas character cookies by member CDodd12
"Old fashion sugar cookies are a must for Christmas!" says member CDodd12. These Christmas character cookies were created while CDodd12 was enrolled in Global Cupcake Design with Sheryl Bito, and decorated using royal icing and fondant. Very well done!
Congratulations to you both! Each winner will be sent a Craftsy Mystery Prize Box to ring in the New Year! Stay tuned, winners — we'll be in touch with you soon!
And now, the runners-up in the Holiday Cookie Contest (you can see why our committee had such a hard time deciding!):
"Every year, I make multi-dimensional cookies as my Christmas cards for my friends," says this Christmas dog cookie's creator, member deborahcr1033644. "This year's cookie card was inspired by my Golden Retriever, Brulee. Doesn't everyone put a stocking cap and antlers on their dog at Christmas time? The base cookie is gingerbread. The head, ears and gold fur are modeling chocolate. The bow and hat are fondant plus modeling chocolate. The antlers are piped in chocolate. I drilled 2 holes in each cookie and threaded a ribbon through them before decorating so they can be hung on the Christmas tree."
"The sour tangy flavor of fresh lemon paired with the sweet cookie crust, and melt-in-your-mouth powdered sugar topping, combine for the perfect citrus taste explosion," cookie-creator Pepperchick says. She also shares a gluten free version of the recipe on her blog.
Lisacakes made these fun and fanciful Grinch cookies using a basic sugar cookie and frosting it in buttercream and royal frosting. "Everything was hand piped," she says. "They are tedious to frost but the children love them."