In the end, it was a deceptively simple-looking Norwegian almond and butter cookie, one end dipped in chocolate and coated with nuts, that was the first-place winner in MaineToday.com’s Holiday Cookie Contest.
At the contest finals event last night, held at Grace Restaurant, a panel of professional pastry chef judges, Tara Smith of Standard Baking Co., Alysia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes and Ilma Lopez of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co. chose Alexandra Daley-Clark’s Kransekake Sticks Dipped in Chocolate as the winner.
Carol Marshburn’s Lebkuchen, a richly flavored German-spice cookie, came in second and Jessie Grearson’s delicate, honey-scented White Christmas Cherry-Pistachio Florentines took third prize. The People’s Choice Award, voted on by guests at the event, went to Karen Watterson’s Maine Macaroon Mountains.
MaineToday.com thanks all the contestants, the judges, the team at Grace and King Arthur Flour — who provided the generous prizes — for making the contest such a success. We can’t wait for next year!