Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Here it is. Just like I promised.

I've got a big box full of yummy stuff to make your cookie baking dreams come true this holiday season.

The really good stuff for baking cookies. The stuff that's nice enough for gifts. The very items you've promised yourself you would buy someday . . . when you could afford it . . . or you remodeled your kitchen . . . or the kids graduated from college . . .
Today could be your someday. 

So what's in the box, you ask?
  • A quartet -- that's four, count 'em 4 -- of those jolly holiday Wilton Comfort Grip cookie cutters. No more cheap metal cookie cutters that rust and cut into your hand when you press down. No more risking your life for cute cookies!
  • A bright, shiny new heavy-weight aluminum baking sheet to assure your cookies are baked to perfection. It doubles as a make-up mirror -- it's just that big and shiny! (I've had four of these baking sheets for about ten years and they're still shiny!) Of course, I use them all the time! Who said that?
  • A perfectly-sized-to-fit-the-baking sheet, genuine Silpat mat -- yeah, the real big one -- for crispy or chewy cookies that won't stick, break or bend when you remove them from the bright, shiny baking sheet. 
  • A cushy-comfort handled OXO turner/spatula to gently lift your cookies off the slippery Silpat mat, and give the proper amount of support to keep them safe from baking sheet to the cookie jar. Disaster-free baking. What happens after that is your responsibility.

    Jolly Holiday Cookie Baker's Dream Giveaway Big Box
    Valued at $75.00 and made possible by my generous earnings from Cora Cooks. 
    Not really. My generous earnings are not that generous. But I am!

    What do you need to do to enter for a chance to win this big box of tools for baking perfect cookies?

    Just tell me your favorite cookie recipe in the comment section below.

    You know . . . The recipe you take out every year for the holidays. Or the recipe you make when you need to take something to a bakesale or potluck supper. The cookies that your mom made and had ready when you got home for school. The special recipe for cookies you send to preschool snack time or pack into your freshman's first semester care package.

    So enter a comment below and tell me about your favorite cookie recipe -- it doesn't have to be a cookie-cutter cookie. Leave your comment by midnight on Saturday, November 14. I'll publish the randomly drawn winner's name on Sunday.

    Be sure to check in on Sunday to claim your prize, or I'll have to choose another winner's name. This stuff is too good to sit in a box on my dining room table, waiting to be claimed.

    And I've got 35 people coming for Thanksgiving dinner. I need all the extra space I can find!

    Also, if you want, send me your favorite cookie recipe at coracooksblogATgmailDOTcom. Send it by Saturday, so I have time to get it posted here to share when I announce the winner's name. Your name.

    The box is ready to be rushed to you, in plenty of time to bake some delicious sugar cookies, in jolly holiday shapes, to delight your family and friends.

    Don't you just love cookies . . . and holidays . . . and big boxes of jolly holiday baking stuff!

    Now scroll down to the comments. Click. Type in your favorite cookie. Click.

    And then go box up your old cookie sheets and rusty cookie cutters! I'll be in touch.


    zarpandit said...

    absouletly gingerbread cookie all my favorite! :) delicious and pretty! :)
    your giveaway is awesome! i need there :) pick me :)

    Anonymous said...

    Cora, the favorite cookie of our family is the humble Snickerdoodle. They are easy to make, nothing spectacular to look at, but a batch lasts about as long as the time it takes to transfer cookies from the baking sheet to the cooling rack! I'll get the recipe to you asap! (via email)

    imagrandma2five said...

    The favorite holiday cookie at our house is chocolate crinkles. They don't last long at our house.
    Karen in NE Indiana

    Kristen said...

    Butterhorns are a Minor family favorite!

    jezinthekitchen said...

    My very favorite cookie recipe is one I "pinched" from a cafe several years ago ... big, fat, soft oatmeal cookies loaded with pecans, sultanas, dried cherries and a little coconut ... they're wonderful :)

    Karen said...

    My favorite are pecan crescent cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar.

    drdr said...

    Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies are my holiday favorite. I fell in love with them after having them at a Cookie Swap in my Michigan neighborhood in the early '80s.

    Anonymous said...

    Cora, my girls have made these cookies every year for Christmas since they were very little, and today, as mothers, we will be baking them again for my granddaughter to decorate. We look forward to this family tradition. Pam

    Christmas Sugar Cookies

    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1 cup butter or margarine -- softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    1 egg
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    Granulated sugar

    1. Beat powdered sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in vanilla, almond extract and egg.

    2. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

    3. Heat oven to 375ยบ. Roll half of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered surface. Cut into desired shapes.

    4. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown.

    5. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

    Leanna said...

    chocolate covered peanut butter balls

    Patti said...

    Christmas 1954, my grandmother started making "Snappy Turtle Cookies" from a Pillsbury bake off recipe she got out of a flour sack. It became our favorite Christmas cookie and my sister and I still make them every year. I have the original recipe though it is yellowed with age and crease marks. These cookies were the $25,000 winner in Pillsbury's 4th Grand National Bake off. There is nothing better than chocolate, nuts and brown sugar dough!

    Unknown said...

    I have two favorite cookies at Christmas time... Sugar Cookies of course and Chocolate Krinkles!

    Kerry said...

    It's a toss up, but daughter Megan tells me the favorite holiday cookie recipe is frosted sugar cookies. The family loves them and unless I put some away, they are gone before company arrives!

    Sonnet said...

    Cora: My favorite Holiday cookies are Sugar cookies with a very special icing. I got the recipe from the grandmother of a good friend of mine when I was in middle school. I would go over to their house at Christmas time just to eat these cookies. I would eat them till I was sick. AHHHH! Christmas.