MOTHER'S 1987 Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest Winners

The MOTHER EARTH NEWS 1987 Christmas cookie recipe contest produced ten winners who are sharing their delicious cookie recipes with MOTHER's readers.

| November/December 1987

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    A cookie collection including: Busia's Yuletide Cookies, Mocha Chocolate Cookies, Meltaways Cookies, Almond Butter Cookies, and Fruitcake Cookies.
    PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

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The winners of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS cookie recipe contest share their recipes for memorable holiday snacking. 

MOTHER'S 1987 Christmas Cookie Recipe Contest Winners

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is staffed by tough, seasoned professionals, able to work under good conditions or bad. And if journalistic enterprise and editorial integrity force us to sample fresh-baked cookies day after day, week after week—well, we're up to it.

"Send us your best recipe," we said in MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 106, announcing our Great Christmas Cookie contest. And you did—almost 200 of you. We sifted through the entries and gave the likely-looking ones to our test bakers, who brought the finished products into the office.

"Cookie test!" Typewriters stopped; conversations ended; offices emptied. Editors and shippers, illustrators and typesetters, administrators and receptionists quick-marched through the halls toward a long table holding half-a-dozen varieties of Christmas cookies.



And now, after two months of such hardships, we've arrived at our 10 favorites.

How did we select the winners? We discussed each batch at length, of course: "Great texture." "Too much salt." "An interesting twist on an old recipe." But there were other indications when we found a really great cookie. People lingered around the table to debate fine points of editorial policy—between bites. They left with groaning plates, explaining, "I know this looks like a lot, but some of these are for my office mates." They returned five and six times, trying to look investigative, instead of greedy. They demanded recipes. ("It'll probably be in the magazine." "I want it now.") They left only a few lonesome crumbs at the end of the day. And weeks later, while they nibbled a cookie that failed to inspire them, they waxed nostalgic: "Remember the cherry walnut bars?" Sighs all around.

annete burton
12/21/2010 6:32:56 PM

I was so happy to find this archive. I have been making these cookies every Christmas, since I first got that issue, back in '87. The cherry bars may be all time favorite:) thanks so much, for posting this, as I have packed my issue, and could not find it. it was covered in flour and almost unreadable anyway!


W Mack Courtright
12/21/2008 11:54:35 AM

I looked long and hard for the recipe for Giant Oatmeal Spice Cookies, we have been making every year since it was first published in 1980somthing. This year almost everything is in storage in Texas awaiting me finding a suitable living space out here in New Mexico and we cannot find the old magazine, so I started searching on Mother web site and found it. Thank you so much for the archives. Mack







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