It’s been months and months since I’ve had a contest here on Baking Bites and the holidays seem like the perfect time to give something away. After all, it never hurts to get an extra gift for yourself after making/buying presents for everyone else, does it? So without further ado, I’d like to officially kick off Baking Bites’ Gingerbread Cookie Contest!
The contest is a simple one. All you have to do is bake a batch of gingerbread cookies – fromÂ my gingerbread man recipeÂ or another favoriteÂ – and decorate them. Be creative and use icing, sprinkles, food coloring, tiny gingerbread man-sized clothing – anything you can think of. Then, take a picture of your creation and upload it to the official contest photo gallery. All submissions should be in by December 18th, at which point they will be judged by an anonymous (and hungry) panel of judges. A winner will be announced by December 20th and hopefully the prize will be shipped out in time for Christmas.
Speaking of the prize, the winner will get a Cookie Loves Milk t-shirt (alas it’s a chocolate chip, not gingerbread) and a copy of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, which is a fantastic volume of cookie recipes and baking tips that specifically relate to all things cookie.
Update: A winner has been chosen!
**Fine print: I’m not going to be a stickler about gingerbread as the base for your cookie. If you really want to use a slightly spiced sugar cookie dough or a chocolate dough, be my guest. After all, you’re the one who is going to be eating them, so make sure they’re a kind of cookie that you like! The cookies must be decorated, however, and it is preferable to use cookie cutters to shape them.
The winners will be contacted via Flickr account/email (registration is free, if you don’t already have one). Any other questions, ask away in the comments, otherwise stay tuned to the site for some decorating ideas over the next few weeks.