First, we hope you'll join us in congratulating all of our bakers who made the Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies Project such an amazing success. More than 500 bakers signed up to make 25 cookie recipes. That, friends, is a lot of cookies.
You can explore all the cookies by clicking the photos above (or the links below), but before you do that, let's give a few Cover-to-Cover Holiday Cookies Project Awards.
All the bakers. Seriously -- we didn't give you a lot of time to complete this challenge, and hundreds of you rose to the occasion. Thank you so much for participating! We loved seeing how your cookies turned out.
Bakers who bought special equipment. This is above and beyond. A number of bakers shared that they purchased cookie presses and other equipment in order to make their assigned recipes. That is some serious dedication.
A winning cookie? We'd love to name a sure-fire hit among this crop of cookies. There's a lot to love -- and many bakers loved their cookies, but there doesn't seem to be a resounding hit with all the bakers. Can you pick a winner?
THE BAD AND THE UGLY
We made some mistakes! First, we sent the wrong Lebkuchen recipe to the bakers who were making that cookie.Then we realized late in the game that the cookie we assigned from Saveur -- Sarah Bernhardt Cookies -- was in fact the wrong cookie and not in their December issue. Instead, we should have assigned these Icelandic Chocolate Cornflake Cookies. Maybe they're the hit cookie we've all been waiting for....
The Worst Recipe: We're going with Food & Wine's Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies. The accidental omission of 3 cups of flour in the online recipe gave our bakes big batches of goo. But hey, mistakes happen (see above). And it turns out that if you make them with the flour, they're a hit.
The Runner-Up Worst Cookie: We're going with Orange-Almond Florentines with Cardamom, as bakers unanimously complained about how oily the finished product turned out.
Thanks again -- and please join us in congratulating the bakers by leaving a comment on their posts.
Explore the cookies, and find something delicious to bake this holiday season. And if none of these strikes your fancy, please share your favorite cookie recipes in the comments below.
~ Zach and ClayChewy Salted Oatmeal Cookies (Food & Wine)
Chocolate-Hazelnut Shortbread Squares (Martha Stewart Living) Cinnamon Almond Stars (Martha Stewart Living)
Cocoa Snickerdoodles (Food Network Magazine)
Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies (Food & Wine)
Gluten-Free Chocolate-Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Food & Wine)
Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers and Herbs (Bon Appetit)
Lebkuchen (Food & Wine)
Lime Icebox Cookies (Food Network Magazine)
Matcha-White Chocolate Sugar Cookies (Bon Appetit)
Milk Chocolate-Dipped Hazelnut Sandies (Food & Wine)
Noel Balls (Food & Wine)
Oat-and-Pecan Caramel Sandwiches (Martha Stewart Living)
Orange-Almond Florentines with Cardamom (Vegetarian Times)
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Tassies (Food Network Magazine)
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies (Martha Stewart Living)
Pignoli Cookies (Food Network Magazine)
Pink Grapefruit Shortbread (Food Network Magazine)
Pistachio Spritz Pinwheels (Martha Stewart Living)
Raspberry Rugelach (Food & Wine)
Raspberry-Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies (Vegetarian Times)
Red Velvet Crackle Cookies (Food Network Magazine)
Sarah Bernhardt Cookies (Saveur)
Thai Peanut Butter Cookies (Vegetarian Times)
Triple Chocolate-Cherry Cookies (Vegetarian Times)