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Cookie Recipe Results!

Posted by riki on December 22 at 05:20 pm

Wow, what a great idea it was nice to have an assortment of holiday cookie recipes to make! I have to admit that baking all of them was really fun. Smelling the molasses and ginger in Bonnie’s Ginger Snaps among the scent of freshly grated lemon zest and ground almonds in the Lemon Almond Shortbread was a treat for my senses! The holidays really are a great time to experiment with new recipes because even if a not-so-tasty batch comes out, you can still throw it in the holiday cookie tin for relatives! Haha, just kidding.

I had never made no-bake cookies before, and I’m pretty sure they’re now my go-to recipe for when I need something sweet with items I have on hand at all times. No-bakes seem like they’d be fantastic for the summer months too, when turning on the oven can be a too-warm death sentence for apartments with no air conditioning! I hate to say it, but I’ve never been the festive cookie-maker. I mean, I’ve been known to get out my Hello Kitty shaped cookie cutters for the basic sugar cookie recipes and decorate them with red and green royal icing, but I’ve never had the chance to make an actual assortment.

ginger-snapsThe Winner: Ginger Snaps from Bonnie R

It was a close one, but these Ginger Snaps ended up being the winner of the first-ever Lima Beads Taste Test! I think everyone’s favorite thing about this cookie is the texture. When you first lay your hands on one of these tasty morsels, you’d think that they’re going to be brittle and crunchy. While there’s a bit of a crunch to them, they’re mostly chewy. Along with the texture of these cookies, the flavor and aroma is nothing short of spectacular. It’s the spicy, sweet goodness that you long for in a holiday cookie.

shortbreadA Very Close Second: Lemon Almond Shortbread from Eeka Mouse

Again, this was an extremely close race. The Lemon Almond Shortbread cookies take everything you love about shortbread and add a little kick. In this case, the buttery, crumby, airy goodness of the shortbread was followed by the zestiness of the lemon. The appearance of these cookies is modest and gentle, so the onslaught of flavor that ensues is stunning. I would imagine that these little cookies would go great with a hot cup of tea or cocoa.

I’d say that the first-ever Lima Beads Cookie Recipe Contest was a big hit! We had a really hard time picking a favorite recipe because all of the cookies were so great. Thank you so much to everyone that posted a recipe.

If you missed the contest, you can still get all of the recipes from here.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    Thank you. I have never liked ginger snaps until I tried this recipe. I had never thought of ginger as being hot. the dough freezes real well. The vision of lemon scent in the air is also very appealing.

  2. Alice P
    Alice P says:

    Congratulations to the winners! I hope to find time to make some of the cookie recipes in the next few days. I was too busy to enter some of my recipes, so I hope you have another contest sometime. Alice

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Just a quick question about the Ginger Snaps, the recipe begins with 3/4 butter, is it 3/4 cup or 3/4 pounds of butter?
    Thank you! Mary

  4. Bonnie R
    Bonnie R says:

    3/4 is 1 stick plus 1/2 stick or 3/4 cup of butter.

  5. Gayle L elegance6com
    Gayle L elegance6com says:

    Congrats to you, Bonnie and Eeka Mouse!
    I was wondering which were the top five cookies which you made?
    The contest was fun, let’s do it again!

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