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Giveaway for Cookie Lovers!

In honor of the last Tasty Tools blogging adventure of 2008 where we highlighted Baking Sheets, one lucky person will receive this Cookie Lovers giveaway set which includes:
Wilton 12inch Disposable Decorator Bags - 100 count
Mrs. Fields Cookie Book: 100 Recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields


Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States. My apologies to my international readers!
- Include your email address so that you can be contacted if you win.


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment
about:
- Your favorite holiday baking memory involving cookies. Was it a holiday cookie swap? Baking cookie gifts for friends and family? Baking with friends or children? I'd love to hear your stories!

Deadline: December 31, 2008 at 12 midnight CST

Winner will be randomly chosen by Random.Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on January 1, 2009. Good luck!

PS: If you have any recipes made using a baking sheet, you have time to submit your recipe to this month's Tasty Tools: Baking Sheet Pans. Deadline for blogging adventures is December 31, 2008 at 12 midnight PST.

61 comments

  1. My favorite holiday baking memory was last year when my sister and best friend came over to help bake. Unfortunately my husband had just gotten a Wii and it was still new so my friends decided to try it out. After several hours I realized I was baking alone while my husband, sister, and friend played video games!

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  2. This was the first year that I ever made Christmas cookies. My very first cookie made? Rolled sugar cookies. I had my husband bring them in to his co-worker and they started calling them crack cookies because they were so good and addictive.
    That made me very happy!

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  3. My favorite cooking time was with my almost 3 year old granddaughter. She loves to bake cupcakes with me. We made cupcakes and then decorated them. It is such a joy to be able to have fun with her!

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  4. My favorite from this year happened last week. My mother in law always does the cookie tray for the family get together. This year I made all the cookies (7 varieties). Everyone loved them and the whole night my mother in law was trying to say she worked so hard on them. But she would always fess up that it was me. Everyone was really impressed!

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  5. yay a give-away! : ) My favorite baking memory (offhand) happened recently...My older sister and I were decorating the roll-out sugar cookies we had made. We had went to do something else and when we came back we found that my husband had continued decorating them for us...he had spelled out on the cookies "Kevin is cool" and he also had "so is" spelled out. He asked who else should be cool...I asked him where he wanted to sleep so he wrote "Laura". : ) This will go in my blog soon, it's hilarious! : ) [email protected]

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  6. I have some good memories from just a few weeks ago during my cookie-baking-marathon with a friend. We started early in the morning and by evening we were starting to get tired. I was baking oatmeal scotchies and the first 2 pans just weren't coming out! They got very thin and ran all over the pan. It took us that long to figure out 2 things - 1. we accidentally turned the oven off, so it was slowly cooling off and cooking slower. 2. We never added oatmeal to the oatmeal cookies!

    Fun times!

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  7. My favorite holiday baking memory is definitely my recent annual cookie swap, 3 years and counting. It is always such a good time and I always love perusing my cookbooks, magazines, and the internet for the perfect recipes to share!

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  8. My favorite memory is making cookies with my mom a few days before Christmas when I was a little girl. I always loved helping and getting to sample them!!

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  9. One of my best memories is actually a recent one. It was my 3rd annual cookie exchange with 15 women, and we had 5 different prize categories, an auction, pirate gift exchange, and door prizes. I also gave out goodie bags. Money situation has forced me to opt out of hosting , but I am hopeful to do one next year. Thank you for the chance:)

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  10. My best memories are of helping my mother bake cookies to give away as presents at Christmas. Each year we would add new recipes to the mix and expand just how many we were baking. Last year we were up to 34 different varieties of cookies.
    Unfortunately, this year I got too caught up in my own life and couldn't help her bake. So she had to cut back. I hope I can make it up to her in the coming year.

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  11. Making peanut butter kisses with my mom. I ate more dough than there were cookies. "You'll get worms if you keep eating the dough!"

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  12. Oh fun give-away! My favorite cookie holiday memory was when my grandmother and I were baking CCC's for Thanksgiving. I think I was about 7 years old.
    We opened the oven to pull them out, and the baking sheet hit the top of the oven and CRASH - all the beautiful cookies fell to the floor. I was SO upset, but my grandmother picked them up, dusted them off and said "Your grandfather will still eat them." And he did!

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  13. A couple of yrs ago, my mom, sisters and I decided to have a cookie baking day, and we each brought a recipe we wanted to try. It was the first time either one of us baked cookies from scratch, so the kitchen was a disaster after it was all said and done. The cookies all came out edible, and we had a blast making them! This is a tradition I really want to do every yr.

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  14. My favorite Christmas baking memory was last year when my whole family got together to make our own Gingerbread village. It was so fun!

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  15. My favorite holiday memory would have to be baking Christmas cookies with my Nana. She would start months ahead of time & make dozens of each cookie - a different kind each week. At the time I thought it was a lot of work and not so much fun. She has been gone for over ten years now and I'd give anything to do it again. Every year when I make cookies using her recipes I think of her.

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  16. My favorite memory is decorating gingerbread houses with my brother...my parents always loved it!

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  17. My favorite memory is baking Christmas cookies with my mom, grandma and great grandma. Now it is just my mom and I but I still remember the good old days.

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  18. My favorite baking memory from this holiday season was decorating my gingerbread boys and girls Christmas Eve morning. The house was empty and I listened to Christmas music while decorating. It put me back in teh Christmas mood!

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  19. My favorite cookie baking memory is from college with one of my best friends Courtney. We were both missing home, when we'd bake sugar cookies and decorate them with sprinkles with our moms (sometimes together, sometimes at our respective houses.) She came over one day to my tiny apartment where I had no baking tools, and everything (including my Christmas spirit) was just a wreck. We somehow managed to make and decorate a bunch of cookies despite the surroundings, and even rigged up a TV so we could watch a Christmas movie! There is something to be said for dear friends who can help you create the Christmas spirit out of nothing.

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  20. I didn't start baking until fairly recently. Last Christmas was my first year baking cookies for family. I made tins for everyone and filled them with yummy treats and loved to see everyone's reactions and which cookies they liked best!

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  21. My favourite memory is baking ANZAC biscuits (cookies)with my Mum and Grandmother, from when I was very small.

    The female bonding in our family was always done in the kitchen, and a lot of the best conversations of my life were had while baking with my mother and grandmother.

    Now, I bake with my stepdaughter. You'd be amazed at some of the wonderful (and important) chats you can have with a child while baking!

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  22. My favorite holiday cookie baking memory is being in the kitchen the last winter I lived at home baking with my mom while she talked me through all of her recipes and I tried to absorb as much as possible.

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  23. I remember my mom's cookie cookbook when I was a kid. I would flip through it and we'd find a favorite and bake that cookie that year. It was great!!

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  24. My favorite memory is very simple and it is baking Christmas cookies every year with my mom and sister, and with my Nana and Godmother when they were alive.
    We always made cut outs and decorated them, we also made no bakes as well as russian tea cakes. These were the standards that were definitely made every year in addition to anything else we came up with.
    This is a tradition that I hold close to my heart. My mom and sister weren't with me this year to make cookies so I recruited my husband and we had so much fun icing the cut out cookies.
    This is definitely a tradition that I will continue when I have children and I hope they cherish it as much as I always have.

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  25. My SIL used to have a cookie baking get together with all the family & kids. That was fun!

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  26. The last couple of years I've been invited to do a baking day with my Mom and her Friends. It's been a lot of fun since recently 2 of the 3 have gotten married, one of my Mom's friends Son's got married, so now all of the married daughters/inlaws are invited :-) Makes for a great time!

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  27. For the past couple of years, my mom, sister-in-law and I have had a cookie baking day a few weeks before Christmas. My nephew joined the festivities when he was born 5 years ago and my niece was added to the mix 3 years ago. The kiddos enjoy decorating the sand tarts and making the peanut butter fork cookies. I look forward to this day every holiday season. Wonderful memories!

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  28. I loved making thumbprint cookies with my mom as a kid.

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  29. My favorite memory is baking Linzer Cookies with my Mom. She always made them look so perfect with the raspberry jam in the centers then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Yum!

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  30. This was the first year my sister and I collaborated and baked cookies as gifts. We made 5 different types of cookies to give to coworkers and friends. By the end of the weekend, we were all cookie'd and sugared out.

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  31. My favorite baking memory is from one year when all of the kinds in our family got together and my mom had set up this huge table filled with all kinds of decorations for making gingerbread houses. We each made our own, trying to make the best looking one.

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  32. My favorite baking memory is making sugar cookies with my son each year. Every Christmas he helps me roll out the dough and cut the cookies. He received his own mini rolling pin for Christmas this year and I look forward to making more cookies with him soon.

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  33. My first attempt at a give-away! Whoo hoo!

    My favorite baking memory would have to be, just a couple years ago with my neices and nephews. Me and DH were in Knoxville with his sister and I decided to try a new fun activity with the kids. I borrowed cookie cutters from my mom and me and 4 of the kids baked and decorated the cookies for Christmas. I remember it like it was yesterday =)

    [email protected]

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  34. my favorite baking memory is when we did baking day in my family. all the women would get together and bake 3 different types of cookies, and we would swap. it was great fun and an all day event. i wish we still did it now, but so many of us are all over the country it is too hard...but we used to have such great times baking and chatting all day long...ahhh the good ole days!

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  35. I was invited to my first cookie swap when I was in my twenties and went to my friend Hope's house with the six dozen cookies I had baked as per her invitation's instructions. I thought I had to bring six different kinds so I had feverishly baked by brains out the week before. I didn't realize that you bake 6 dozen of the same kind of cookie and then return home with a cookie assortment, so I was kind of the butt of everyone's jokes at the swap. All in good fun!

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  36. When I was a kid my mom and I would always bake sugar cookies, spritzes, and candy cane cookies on Christmas Eve. The sugar cookies were rolled and cut out with cookie cutters. Then we used straws to poke holes in the top. After decorating we'd hang them on the tree. Same goes for the candy cane cookies. The spritzes were for everyone to enjoy while we decorated the cookies for the tree.

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  37. Every year for as long as I can remember, I have baked Christmas cookies with my mother and my aunt. We have never missed a year in over 25 years. It is by far my favorite holiday tradition. We spend the entire day baking dozens upon dozens of cookies, sampling a few, but saving most to give away to other family and friends. For the most part, we stick to the same recipes, but as my culinary world has expanded, I usually bring a few new recipes to try every year.
    My role in the cooking process has grown with time. My skills were pretty limited at 8 years old, so for quite a few years, my sole job was taste tester and sugar cookie decorator. My aunt had twins in 1997, so in the past few years, the decorating tourch has been passed and I am now allowed to bake with the big girls. This year was the first cooking baking extravaganza with my daughter, so it was fun to share it with her, even though her role was limited to sitting in her Bumbo and watching the mixer turn. I can't wait until she can help with the decorating!

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  38. My favorite memory is from baking sugar cookies as a kid with my mom and brother and always snacking on the dough before they were cooked. Mmmm..

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    zekks at yahoo dot com

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  39. Making cookies with my nana... chocolate chip, butter cookies, raisin filled cookies. I miss those times.
    gty46 at hotmail dot com

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  40. 2007 was the first Christmas my now-husband and I were in our home. We spent one Saturday making sugar cookies using his mom's recipe. I will always remember working with him in the kitchen, standing over our island, rolling out the dough, choosing the cutters and then decorating them. It was such a special day for our first Christmas in our home.

    [email protected] com

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  41. My favorite Christmas cookie memory is from five or six years ago when my little sister & I baked sugar cookies with my mom. We decorated them with brightly colored frosting and red-and-green sprinkles. We spent the whole day working on those cookies, and we had a the greatest time.

    letsTHiNK782 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

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  42. The first year I made sugar cookies with my mom as a teenager, probably.
    We hadn't really gotten along since she and my dad had divorced, and it was kind of a reunion of sorts. :-)

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  43. I look forward to baking cookies each Christmas Eve with my son. Now that he is eight it has gotten a lot easier.
    [email protected]

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  44. My husband's aunts always get together every year for a day of crazy cookie making/baking. They spend one whole day preping the dough and one whole day baking & decorating. Since I am now officially in the family I am allowed to attend this event. This year will be my first year attending since last year I was sick... I cannot wait for this new tradition and what it has in store for me :)

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  45. My favorite cookie baking memory was trying to make snickerdoodles out of a toaster oven in college. =)

    dbc514 at gmail dot com

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  46. I like making cutout cookies and decorating them to give as gifts. Much better to have a nice homemade cookie than any other present.

    jared.petersen at gmail.com

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  47. My favorite baking memory is of baking cookies with my mother to take to the annual school carnival cakewalk where children would win assorted baked goods. Oh to be a kid again!!! :)

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  48. My favorite memory is baking cookies with my Mom- Im lucky this year I was able to blog the event and photograph it for always!

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  49. My favorite cookie memory was a few years ago when my girlfriend & I made Rockin' Reindeer Ravioli from the Foodnetwork's 12 Days of Christmas. I didn't have a ravioli press, so it took us HOURS!
    mrssisler at gmail dot come

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  50. I've always enjoyed baking cookies during the holidays, but I must say my favorite holiday cookie memory was this year. I made cut out cookies with my 2 1/2 year old daughter, my 2 neices, my sister in law, my mom (nana), my step dad (papa) and my hubby. We only made homemade sugar cutout cookies with homemade buttercream frosting, but we had a great time decorating them. All the girls cut out the cookies, the little girls really enjoyed eating/licking the FLOUR (too funny in pics). Then once baked and cooled, we all sat down and had a plate of 4-5 cookies each and we all decorated them with many sprinkles, mini choc chips, candy canes, mints, you name it. Then we took pics of each persons' cookies and made sure to give santa one from each person. It was a blast and had me all teary eyed!

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  51. My favorite holiday cookie memory is finding my great-great aunt's lace cookie recipe. She came from Sweden when she was a teenager and I found some old hand written recipes from her. It was a very special moment.

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  52. Hi, Joelen. I love your blog and am an avid reader. Figured it was a good time to tag you and learn more about you. Go check it out. Happy New Year.

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  53. My favorite holiday baking memory involving cookies is any one that works out. I'm terrible at cookies, so if I don't ruin it, it's a favorite memory :) I made peanut butter and banana cookies this past Thanksgiving that worked out, so that was nice :P

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  54. My favorite holiday cookie memory is the sheer satisfaction of seeing 15 dozen cookies spread around my kitchen and dining room. I ignored the ache in my back, the dryness in my hands from washing so many dishes, the flour on my clothes, because I was so proud of what I'd accomplished. It's the only bit of holiday spirit I had this year.

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  55. I have a confession. I am not a cookie person. I prefer cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes for my dessert but I have to tell you that I recently changed my mind while making my pacman cookies for a recent TWD. It took forever but OMG it was so fun! Maybe I am a cookie person after all? Awesome giveaway. I hope I win!
    /Clara

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  56. My best memory dates back to the early 80's when my maternal grandmother was still alive. She was a large sweedish woman and we would make cookies and candies each Christmas season. They were always the best tasting things at the holiday table.

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  57. Hi Joelen,
    I am new to ur blog and love ur blog. I came here only 2 years back from Singapore. I never made cookies and I began to learn Peanut butter sandwich cookies for the very first time in my live for Christmas and distributed to my friends. I am very happy that my family and her family loved my cookies so badly. You can visit my link http://rajikitchen.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-used-this-recipe-from-martha.html to see that I've posted Peanut butter sandwich cookies. I'm going to try different cookies soon again. I'll visit ur blog often and learn from you too. Different people have different experience of making different cookies. It's the best to learn from them. Happy New Year to you, your family and your readers with dozens of cookies for 2009.

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  58. im not much of a baker, but my sis just made the best mint chocolate ganache and grand marnier cupcakes for my dinner party. they were a smash hit! Happy New Year!

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  59. My favorite cookie memory was the year that my grandmother taught me all of her recipes, from pie crust to cut out cookies. Apparently the baking gene skipped a generation because my mother has always hated baking, so my grandmother wanted to pass the knowledge along to me so that I could take over for her someday. I like to think that she would be proud if she could see me now!

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  60. I just a cookie moment from 2 weeks ago that I will always cherish and laugh about. I was on a Xmas cookie baking marathon with my 21 yr old son and it was going on about 3am. I was so tired but wanted to get the last batch of sugar cookies mixed and chilled b4 baking. I had an inspiration (brain fart) to make colored cookies. I should of stopped with the thought and not acted on it haha. I made purple sugar cookies, while the dough looks pretty, baked... they are a horrid lavender haha No one would touch them , they finally became bird food :-)

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  61. Baking sugar cookies and decorating them for Christmas with my two beautiful children. There was usually more frosting than cookies, but it was tons of fun. These are the memories I always carry with me.

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