Photos by Ted Axelrod
The much-anticipated finals of MaineToday.com’s Holiday Cookie Contest were held on Dec. 10 at the beautiful Grace Restaurant in Portland. Guests noshed on passed hors d’oeuvres before digging into the “buffet” of cookies baked by the six finalists and casting their votes for the People’s Choice Award, which went to Karen Watterson’s Maine Macaroon Mountains. Meanwhile, up in the balcony, judges Tara Smith of Standard Baking Co., Alysia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes and Ilma Lopez of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co. were doing their own sampling and deliberating. They ultimately chose Alexandra Daley-Clark’s Kransekake Sticks Dipped in Chocolate as the winner, with Carol Marshburn’s Lebkuchen in second place and Jessie Grearson’s White Christmas Cherry-Pistachio Florentines in third place.