Holiday Cookie Contest seeking your creations

Sunny with a high of 75 is not critical tumble weather, though a new dips in heat are adequate to remind us that autumn is on a approach — and bringing with it comes one of a favorite tumble traditions: a Journal Sentinel Holiday Cookie Contest.

Judging will take place a week of Oct. 22, giving we only 5 ½ weeks to dream adult your entries.

The 11th annual foe has 3 new categories:

Nut Butter Explosion: Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or any other bulb butter should star in this cookie. It can take any form and can embody other flavors, though a bulb butter season should be discernible.

Sweet ’n’ Salty: Who doesn’t adore this combination? The pretence here is to strike only a right turn of tainted notes, either from salt crystals sprinkled on tip or another tainted ingredient.

Layered Wonders: Interpret “layers” any approach we wish. We’re looking for stacking that harmoniously mixes flavors, textures and/or colors in a delicious, attractive way.

Open Class: This returning difficulty is for any other kind of holiday cookie we wish to enter. Make it your really best!


First-place awards will be given in any category. A Best of Show cookie — comparison from a 4 difficulty winners — brings a $125 prize; a other 3 will be ranked second, third and fourth and awarded $75, $50 and $25, respectively.

All 4 winners also will accept dual tickets to a 2019 Wine Food Experience, a annual eating and celebration spectacular sponsored by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Best of Show winner, in addition, will be asked to offer as a guest decider in a 2019 contest.

All runners-up will accept a cookbook.

Rules and procedures

1. Limit of 3 sum entries per person.

2. Recipes and cookies contingency be labeled with a difficulty and entrant’s name.

3. Entries contingency be strange or during slightest partially so. If blending from another recipe, a source contingency be listed, and a changes noted. At slightest 3 poignant changes should be made.

4. Ingredients should be listed in sequence of use, and directions should be transparent and complete.

5. Entrants contingency pierce their baked cookies (one dozen), clearly noted with their name, residence and hit information (including daytime phone number), to a Journal Sentinel lobby, 333 W. State St., between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day from Oct. 22 by Oct. 25. Containers will not be returned. If a cookie needs to be refrigerated, greatfully note that on a outside.

6. Each entrance contingency embody a printout of a recipe. In addition, whenever possible, a digital chronicle also contingency be submitted. Send in an email to by Oct. 25, or contention with your cookies on a CD or ride drive.

7. Entries will be judged on taste, appearance, festiveness, newness and altogether appeal.

8. The Journal Sentinel pot a right to change categories formed on a series and form of entries received, or to pierce cookies from one difficulty to another.

The winning recipes, runners-up and comparison other finalists will be published in a special Cookie Edition of a Food territory on Dec. 5 and posted online.

Questions? Call Nancy Stohs during (414) 224-2382 or email her during

Happy baking, and good luck!

Cookie ideas 

Need inspiration? Check out previous winners and finalists.


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