Contest: Enter the Great Patch Christmas Cookie Bake-off

Do you craft the most perfect Christmas cookie in town? Do your family and friends drool at the sight of your sugary creations? Enter your cookie in Patch's contest for a chance at a $100 gift card and other sweet prizes.

Thank you for your entries. The contest is now closed. We will reveal the winner Monday, Dec. 24.


Holiday eats just aren't the same without some sweet treats—and you're known to whip up some of the best around. 

You're the Christmas Cookie Queen, the Host with the Most in Oven Mitts, the guest at the top of everyone's list. Sure, they like your company. But they really love your cookies. 

Patch wants you to brag about your baking prowess. We're asking readers to submit their fabulous holiday cookies into our Chicago-region contest taking place from Nov. 21 to Dec. 19. 

Here's how it works.

  1. We know you need your kitchen, so bake your cookies at home. 
  2. Snap a quick photo of the baking process, and one of the final product. 
  3. Upload your photos to this article. Be sure to include your name, hometown and the type of cookie. Please limit it to 1 recipe per entry. 

The entries will be judged in a taste test among Patch editors and volunteers. We'll set the time and place, you bring the cookies and Patch will bring the milk. The taste test will take place between Dec. 19 and Dec. 24. 

The winning entrant will receive a $100 gift card from sponsor and baking supply company Wilton, for use at their Darien store.  

And now, for the rest of the rules. 

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • All entries must be received by 9 p.m., Dec. 19.
  • One (1) grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of Patch editors and volunteer taste-testers. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card to Wilton Homewares. Two runners-up will receive Patch goodies, and each participant will receive a Patch T-shirt. 
  • If you crave more legalese, read our Complete Official Rules.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer November 24, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Yes, that idea of a combo fund raiser with the local pantry is a win win situation. Is it too late to modify the 2012 contest?
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer November 24, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Also, may I sign up as a volunteer cookie tasting judge?
sonia dewolf November 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Got the winning recipe :-) posting pic and recipe soon
Lauren Traut (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Hi, Mike! We haven't chosen a location yet for the taste test, so it's not too late! I'll discuss it with my fellow Patchers and we'll update the article as soon as the location is confirmed. Thanks! Lauren
Lauren Traut (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Margaret Devlin November 29, 2012 at 02:52 AM
The Kendall County Food Pantry is wonderful organization. Also, do the cookies have to be cut out, themed, sugar cookies or can they be family favorites that are served only during the holidays but are not fun, decorated cookies? Thank you
Lauren Traut (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Hey there, Rachel! If it's a cookie, and you make it for your family during the holidays, and it's scrumptious, we want to see (and eventually, taste)! AND thank you for the suggestion. We'll work on this. Lauren Traut, Associate Regional Editor
Lea Anne Stoughton November 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Do you want the recipe too, or just the photos with our name, hometown and cookie type?
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 03, 2012 at 07:54 AM
We don't need the recipe at this point! Thanks, Lea Anne. :)
Ashley Cosentino December 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Will you contact us with where and when to bring the cookies?
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 04, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Sure will, Ashley. We'll work on finalizing those details this week and we'll update the article and contact entrants.
Tami Solner December 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Does fudge count?
Jen Miller December 07, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I have one that's more of a bar than a cookie, does that qualify for the contest? If not, I have plenty of potentially award winning cookies!
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Sure, Tami! Fudge counts!
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I think a bar can work, Jen. BUT I am quite intrigued by these "potentially award-winning cookies!" Lauren Traut, Associate Regional Editor
Jen Miller December 07, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The bars are a winner too!! :) I'll have to force my husband to help me decide which cookie to enter (with a taste test of course)...poor him, right?
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
What a mean wife. :)
B Burns December 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
WOW...these cookies look great!! Any chance on posting some of these recipes...or are they family secrets? :)
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Hello, folks! I'm happy to announce that we've chosen a recipient for the leftover cookies. All leftover cookies will be donated to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a children's charity dedicated to providing a solution for at-risk children in Chicago. We'll drop the cookies off at the home, and kids will receive them with dinners around Christmastime. We're pleased to gift the kiddos with some sweet treats. :) Thanks! Lauren Traut, Associate Regional Editor
sonia dewolf December 13, 2012 at 08:15 PM
That's a really wonderful idea :-) they are going to love the winning turtle cookies I make :-) lol
Kendra k December 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I uploaded my photos with my name, town, and type of goodie. Is that all I have to do to enter?
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Yes ma'am! You're all set! :)
Kendra k December 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Silly ? Can we bring extra cookies, not necessarily the one were entering, for you guys to bring for the kids?
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Kendra, that would be amazing. You just made me tear up. :) I'm sure the kids would LOVE that.
Melissa Guido December 17, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Is there any update on the taste testing? I don't mean to be a hassle, but working retail during the holiday can be tricky and I want to be able to bring my bar cookies! Also, is there a chosen location? Thank you!
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Hello, all! I'll be emailing all entrants in a moment, but for the sake of expediency: Taste test details: Saturday, Dec. 22 Noon Woodridge Public Library Meeting Room, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge Please stay tuned for another email and additional details from Patch staff. Happy Baking! Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor
Melissa Guido December 18, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Thank you for the info! Also, I'm from Wheaton Il, but I couldn't edit the image from the upload on my phone.
Jean Baker December 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Will the recipes be shared with the readers so, we too, can make some of those scrumptious cookies?....please tell me yes!
Lauren Traut (Editor) December 24, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Yes! We're working on rounding up the recipes now. As soon as we have them all, we'll provide them in one handy, dandy place!
Jean Baker December 24, 2012 at 07:56 PM
YUM! - thanks and I look forward to seeing those recipes!


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