This year’s Holiday Treat contest could not have happened without the help of a long list of volunteer bakers and judges.
These Twitter folks, fellow food writers and bloggers tested 20 recipes, tasted the entries and chose the winners last week. I could not have pulled off this contest without their help.
And so, thanks to Matt Lardie of eatwritego, Felice Bogus, Margalit Mermelstein, Kristen Baughman of Gadaboutfood, Jill Warren Lucas of The Indy, Meghan Prichard of nestmeg.com, Johanna Kramer of Durham Foodie, Kim Alexander of Triangle Localista, Chana Lynn of Raleigh What’s Up, Claire Cusick aka @TheDoughEater, Gabrielle of @nutellaisevil, Elliot Acosta of Eat Raleigh blog, Colleen Minton of Terra Vita Foodie Leigh Powell Hines of Hines Sight blog, Ashley Chaifetz of Smashed Goods, Alex Graddy-Reed aka @pumpkinpants, Lucy Martinez, Matthew Glassman aka @burgeoningbaker, and Kathleen and Tom of Life with the Lushers.
Here is a list of the winning recipes and the readers who submitted them. You will be thanking them too when you taste their recipes. (There are links to all the recipes below.)
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Grand Prize Winner: Maple Pecan Bacon Brittle by James Mullins of Hampton Roads, Va.
Best Chocolate Candy or Brittle: Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Stick Bites by Amy Engebretson of Fuquay-Varina.
Best Cookie: Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Soft-Baked Cookies by Ken Branch of Raleigh.
Best Cookie: Raspberry, Coconut and Walnut Shortbread Squares by Linda Joy Willis of Raleigh.
Honorable Mention Chocolate Candy or Brittle: Salted Almond Buttercrunch Toffee, variations submitted by Beverly Phillips of Henderson, Shannon Zarb of Rolesville and Gabrielle Rigsbee of Pittsboro.
Honorable Mention All Other Candy or Brittle: Sour Cream Pecans by John Mandeville of Raleigh.
Honorable Mention Cookie: Salted Caramel Thumbprints by Jennifer Smith of Apex.
Honorable Mention Cookie: Peppermint Crescents by Colleen Ely of Youngsville.