My Cookies Are The Best!

October 17, 2012

With the holiday season approaching, it’s the perfect time to get passionate about cookies.  We want to hear about your favourite cookie, the recipe and your story behind the cookie that is baked with heart healthy canola oil.

We are calling all bloggers to enter our My Cookies Are The Best!” contest and win your way to the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference, April 12-14, 2013 at the Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario.

We are giving away two outstanding prize packages – one to a Manitoba blogger and the other to a blogger from anywhere in Canada.  It’s a sweet deal.  Each package includes full conference registration, hotel accommodation, meals and travel.  Yes, that’s right, we will fly you to conference.  Are you as excited as we are?

You must be a Food Bloggers of Canada member to be eligible to win.  Head on over to the Food Bloggers of Canada site and sign up to as a member today (it’s a free)!

You can check out the full contest details, rules and eligibility criteria at the bottom of this post.  Contest closes November 28, 2012 and the winner will be announced on December 3, 2012.

Our Baker’s Dozen Reasons on why we’re excited to partner with FBC and over 700 food bloggers Canada-wide:

1. We love bloggers!

2. We love to partner with people who have heart and passion!

3. We love to partner with people who love to cook or bake!

3. We love to share a great story, check out our Be Well blog www.blog.canolarecipes.ca

5. We love to learn.

6. We are proud to represent 9,000 canola farmers in Manitoba.

7. We love our farmers – check out Bruce and his story.

8. We believe in heart healthy canola oil!  It’s a great choice for your kitchen; low in saturated fat, high in heart healthy monounsaturated fat and a source of omega-3’s.  It’s our go-to-oil.

9. We want to create meaningful connections with you!

10. We want to grow our community as you grow your own.

11. We love a good contest – check out the winning recipes from our Ontario Home Economist Association cookie contest.

12. …which is why we’d love to see what cookies you can bake up with Canola oil and possibly WIN YOUR WAY to FBC2013!  Yes – The Manitoba Canola Growers are excited to partner with FBC to bring you “My Cookies Are The Best!” contest.

13. We love to create long-term relationships.  Here is one of our partners, Mairlyn Smith making her Triple Oat Cookies in our Manitoba Canola Growers Culinary Theatre at Assiniboine Community College. 

Mairlyn Smith’s Triple Oat Cookies (printer friendly version)

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar 125 mL
1/2 cup canola oil (measure accurately) 125 mL
1/4 cup granulated sugar 60 mL
1 omega-3 egg 1
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 5 mL
1 1/4 cup large-flake rolled oats 310 mL
1 cup whole wheat flour 250 mL
1/2 cup Scottish, Irish, or steel-cut oats 125 mL
1/4 cup oat bran 60 mL
2 Tbsp wheat germ 30 mL
2 tsp cinnamon 10 mL
1/2 tsp baking powder 2.5 mL
1/4 cup finely chopped dates 60 mL

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat together the brown sugar, oil, and granulated sugar in a large bowl. The mixture will look like wet sand; don’t worry, it’s supposed to.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla until the mixture thickens slightly and is sort of smooth.
4. Stir together the large-flake oats, flour, steel-cut oats, oat bran. wheat germ, cinnamon, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the dates and toss until they are coated with the oat mixture.
5. Add the oat mixture to the sugar mixture, and stir with a large spoon until the dough comes together.
6. Wash your hands and roll up your sleeves. You have to use your hands to finish mixing this; the heat from your hands helps meld all the ingredients together. The dough will be very stiff so some elbow grease is required. This is a great recipe to make when you’re crabby- all that mixing gets rid of a ton of tension.
7. When the dough is mixed, scoop out 1 Tbsp (30 mL) dough, roll it between your palms, and place the ball on one of the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing out the balls about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. (You should get 30 balls of dough in total, 15 per baking sheet.) When you have finished scooping out the balls of dough, lightly press down on them with your palm to flatten them. If the dough sticks to your hands, wash your hands, then lightly press down with slightly damp palms.
8. Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies and let them cool completely on wire racks. (Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 3 months.)

How to enter “My Cookies Are The Best” Contest:

-Create a cookie recipe using canola oil as the only fat in the recipe and blog about it.
-Your blog post must include; a mouthwatering photo and the story behind the cookie (memories, family, friends, your passion for baking, cookie exchanges, etc).
-Your post must mention and link to both Manitoba Canola Growers (www.blog.canolarecipes.ca) and Food Bloggers of Canada (www.foodbloggersofcanada.com).

For one entry leave a link to your blog post in the comments section of My Cookies are the best in the Members Only section on the FBC site (Please note that you need to be logged into FBC site for this link to work). Please mention in your comment where you are located.

For a second entry to the contest, bloggers who have created a post may also tweet about the contest: “#Mycookiesarethebest and @canolagrowers should send me to @foodbloggersCA conference” (You are encouraged to include the link to your post so everyone can see your cookies!).  Then come back here and leave a comment to let us know you tweeted!

For a third entry to the contest, leave a link to your blog post below in the comment section of this page.

(you may enter more than one recipe but each recipe is required to be seperate blog entries/post on your blog.)

Eligibility and contest rules:
-Bloggers must be Canadian residents (Members abroad are not eligible for this contest and Quebec residents are disqualified from entry).
-Bloggers must be 18 years or older.
-Bloggers must be members of Food Bloggers of Canada.
-Bloggers must be able to attend the Food Bloggers of Canada conference April 12-14, 2013 .
-Prize package is not transferable.
-No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
-Winners will be chosen randomly (using www.random.org) from all qualified entries on November 28th after 4pm EST.
-Winners must answer a skill-testing question in order to claim the prize.
-Winners will be announced in the Food Bloggers of Canada Monday News on Monday December 3rd and also on the Be Well Blog.
-There are TWO prizes up for grabs – one for an FBC member from Manitoba and one for an FBC member located elsewhere in Canada.
-Each prize consists of of one all-inclusive registration to Food Bloggers of Canada conference, accommodation and all meals plus reasonable travel/transportation. Package values are dependent on the departure cities of the winning bloggers and each package is not to exceed $1700. Incidental expenses are the responsibility of the winners.
-Upon returning from Food Bloggers of Canada conference, each winner will be asked to write a post about the event, to be published on their own blog(s) as well as on the Manitoba Canola Growers blog (www.blog.canolarecipes.ca).

About the Author

Jenn

Jenn

A Professional Home Economist, mom of two, avid baker and passionate about yoga. Follow Jenn on twitter @jeniferdyck.

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77 thoughts on “My Cookies Are The Best!”

  1. Cathy C

    18. Oct, 2012

    This is a cool contest!!!
    A bunch of foodies all in one place sounds fun and yummy

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  2. Sandra

    21. Oct, 2012

    That title…well dem dere are fightin’ words! I see a title like that, and the competitive…ahem…lady in me comes out….where’s my Flashdance costume???! Totally checking this out, baking is my second occupation…well, if I actually had a first occupation, which I don’t yet, but I will soon, THEN baking will be my second occupation!

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  3. What a fabulous contest, I would LOVE the opportunity to attend FBC2013! I have THE BEST cookies blogged, Crisp Gluten & Dairy Free Gingersnap Cookies. Mmm…. Check it out when you have a minute!

    http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2012/10/crisp-gluten-free-gingersnap-cookies.html

    (I am from Steinbach, MB)

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      22. Oct, 2012

      Thanks Jeanine for the awesome Gluten Free entry. Best of luck in the contest!

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  4. Maya @ Mayaskitchen.ca

    23. Oct, 2012

    This sounds so AWESOME :) my fingers are crossed (both hands and feet). Just posted in my blog these wonderfully sweet and soft banana chocolate chip cookies and entered the contest :)
    I’ll be more than happy if you took a peek :)

    https://twitter.com/mayakitchen/status/260767758218842114

    Maya, from Halifax, NS

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  5. rebecca hadfield

    23. Oct, 2012

    I have entered my Funky Monkey Mookies in the “My cookies are the best!” contest. My blog post (and recipe!) can be found here:

    http://zenbecca.blogspot.ca/2010/05/funky-monkey-mookies-love-story.html

    Rebecca Hadfield
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      24. Oct, 2012

      Sounds like a case of #mookielove to me! Best of luck Rebecca and thanks for sharing such a fun and funny story about cookie love!

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  6. Marisa

    28. Oct, 2012

    Wow I love a cookie contest and I’ve entered my White Chocolate Apricot & Hazelnut Biscotti and everyone’s cookies look so delish!
    http://tastyd.blogspot.ca/

    Thanks Manitoba Canola Growers and FBC!

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    • Ellen

      31. Oct, 2012

      Marisa, thanks for entering the contest, I grew up with a Ukraine mamma teaching me how to bake and cook! A great story and great to see a yummy biscotti cookie. They are one of my favourite to enjoy with tea.
      Good luck with the contest!

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  7. So excited about the contest, I’m back with another entry. I really do think that my soft Gluten-Free Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are pretty darn special – they may even be the best! ;)

    http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2012/10/gluten-free-sour-cream-sugar-cookies.html

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    • Ellen

      31. Oct, 2012

      Great pictures of the cookies Jeanine, they look amazing! Well, the contest states, My cookies are the best! so I am sure your recipes tells the truth :) Good luck and thanks for entering.

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  8. Kathryne

    31. Oct, 2012

    Jenn and Ellen -thank you so much for this unbelievable opportunity! Here is my Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookie Recipe and Blogpost: http://foodmusings.ca/recipes/desserts/peanut-butter-stuffed-chocolate-cookies/ in the hope of winning a trip to attend this fantastic event. Be well. Love-that is all. K

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  9. Ellen

    31. Oct, 2012

    Kathryne, love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate together and I can’t wait to try this one at home. My hubby will love them.

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  10. I must say, I’m loving this contest, so many great cookie ideas bouncing around in my head, it’s a great chance to start building up the Christmas cookie collection too!

    I have another entry here: http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2012/11/gluten-free-turtle-cookies.html

    Jeanine
    Steinbach, MB

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      09. Nov, 2012

      Mmmm…these look fantastic! You can’t go wrong with some caramel. Thanks for the entry Jeanine. Best of luck!

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  11. Wanda

    08. Nov, 2012

    Loved creating my cookie (Pumpkin Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies) for the contest! Would love even more to be able to attend FBC2013!

    http://www.bakersbeans.ca/pumpkin-orange-chocolate-chip-cookies/

    Wanda
    Calgary, Alberta

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      09. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for the entry Wanda! I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate together. I’m sure these were a hit. Best of luck in the contest.

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  12. Marisa

    10. Nov, 2012

    http://tastyd.blogspot.ca/
    Just made a Fudgy “Gorilla” cookie for the “Best Cookies Ever” contest.
    Love everyones entry and I would so enjoy being able to attend the FBC2013 conference
    I’m in Vaughan, Ontario

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Great entry Marisa! I love chocolate and these look like they would be a delicious treat. Best of luck in the contest.

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  13. Marisa

    10. Nov, 2012

    Thanks Ellen
    Do Ukranians make biscotti or something similar? My friends who are Ukranian are fab cooks but I have never seen any baked delights!

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  14. Marisa

    12. Nov, 2012

    http://tastyd.blogspot.ca/2012/11/lemon-cloud-lemon-cloud-delights-tender.html

    Good Morning! Hope you like my Tangy Lemon Clouds here in Vaughan Ontario

    A surprise filling with a tangy bite

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Sure look light and delicious. Can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing and best of luck in the contest.

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  15. Marisa

    12. Nov, 2012

    Just tweeted! Hope I did it correctly

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  16. Logan Prong

    13. Nov, 2012

    Here’s my entry for the best cookie competition. They’re damn great.

    http://loganprong.com/lactose-free-chocolate-chip-cookie/

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Great photo Logan. The cookies look light, crisp and chewy all at the same time. Thanks for sharing your knowlegde on canola oil with you readers. Be well…Jenn

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  17. Marisa

    14. Nov, 2012

    Just tweeted my Lemon Couds and White Chocolate dipped Apricot Hazelnut cookies!

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  18. I’m loving the challenge of making cookies with canola oil! I just posted another cookie recipe, this one for Chewy Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Sooo good!
    http://www.thebakingbeauties.com/2012/11/chewy-gluten-free-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

    Thanks!

    Jeanine
    Steinbach, MB

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for sharing another fantastic GF cookie recipe. Nothing better than a chewy chocolate chip cookie with some oats for good health!

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  19. Marisa

    18. Nov, 2012

    I just added another delish Orange Mocha Biscotti recipe
    http://tastyd.blogspot.ca/2012/11/orange-mocha-biscotti-dont-these-look.html

    Having a great weekend hope everyone is as well!
    From Vaughan Ontario
    Marisa Raponi
    Will tweet as well

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Mmmm…Chocolate, Orange and Coffee. The perfect treat for an afternoon with friends over a good pot of java. Thanks for sharing your biscotti with us and best of luck!
      Be Well…Jenn

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  20. What an awesome contest!! I’ve always wanted to go to a blogging conference, but it was never in the budget, winning would be fantastic!! Here are some Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries and Walnuts, that I created, for the contest.
    http://hunwhatsfordinner.blogspot.ca/2012/11/gingerbread-oatmeal-cookies-with.html

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      I always love a good oatmeal cookie. I love how you’ve included the gingerbread flare into yours. Best of luck in the contest. Be Well…Jenn

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  21. Julie A.

    20. Nov, 2012

    Thank for this recipe! My classic Oatmeal Cookies can be found here:
    http://pleasepasstheketchup.ca/2012/11/20/oatmeal-cookies-featured-blogger/

    Julie
    Victoria, BC.

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    • Julie A.

      20. Nov, 2012

      And by “thank you for this recipe” I meant “thank you for this contest” :)

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      20. Nov, 2012

      Thanks Julie for the awesome entry. I loved how you shared with your readers how you were easily able to convert your own recipe from butter to canola oil. Good on you for educating your readers. Best of luck and wish I could taste what I see on screen. Be Well…Jenn

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  22. Wanda

    20. Nov, 2012

    Back with another entry that is very tasty. White Chocolate Cranberry Kiss Cookies. http://www.bakersbeans.ca/white-chocolate-cranberry-kiss-cookies/
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Wanda
    Calgary, Alberta

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      21. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for the entry Wanda. Great idea and flavour combination. Very cute cookies and would make a great gift this holiday season. Best of luck!

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  23. Shari

    20. Nov, 2012

    Here’s my entry for the contest! Thanks for the opportunity!

    http://www.talesfromasmallkitchen.com/food/revisited-chocolate-gingerbread-cookies/

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      21. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for the entry Shari! I love the combo of gingerbread and chocolate. These are on my baking list this season for sure! Best of luck in the contest.
      Be Well…Jenn

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      • Shari

        21. Nov, 2012

        Jenn, I probably should have mentioned that I’m from Grande Prairie Alberta when I posted my original comment.
        Thanks for your kind words,
        Shari

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  24. Julie

    24. Nov, 2012

    Here is my second entry: Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies.
    http://pleasepasstheketchup.ca/2012/11/24/vanilla-bean-sugar-cookies/

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      26. Nov, 2012

      Mmmm….vanilla bean infused oil baked into a cookie. Great idea! Thanks for sharing and best of luck.
      Be Well…Jenn

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  25. Shari

    25. Nov, 2012

    Hi again,

    Here is a second entry for Double Chocolate Cookies (http://www.talesfromasmallkitchen.com/food/double-chocolate-cookies/).

    Thanks,

    Shari (Grande Prairie AB)

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      26. Nov, 2012

      Chocolate, chocolate. You can never go wrong with chocolate. Thanks Shari for sharing this chocolate treat! Best of luck!

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  26. […] It also means my go to Christmas cookie is eligble for a shot at winning a trip to the Food Bloggers Conference in April of 2013 thanks to the Manitoba Canola Growers and the Food Bloggers of Canada though the My Cookies are the Best Contest! […]

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  27. Redawna

    26. Nov, 2012

    Thank for your the opportunity! Blogging just north of Grande Prairie Alberta!

    Cookies made with Canola Oil. Iced Almond Gems.

    http://nutmegdisrupted.com/?p=6751

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      26. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos in your post. I love the canola field with the rainbow. What a great bumper crop of tomatoes. Best of luck in the contest!

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  28. Mrs Little

    26. Nov, 2012

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  29. Mrs Little

    26. Nov, 2012

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      26. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for sharing your unique waffle cookie. Great idea to use up candy canes. Best of luck!

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  30. Mrs Little

    27. Nov, 2012

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for sharing! Great idea to create a single serve cookie for those moments where you only want and need a little sweet treat.

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  31. Julie A.

    27. Nov, 2012

    One more to add! Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cookies with Sea Salt: http://pleasepasstheketchup.ca/2012/11/27/nutella-stuffed-chocolate-cookies-sea-salt/

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Mmmm…Nutella and I are long time friends too! Thanks for sharing this creative way to use it in a cookie.

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  32. Rheanne Marcoux

    27. Nov, 2012

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  33. Rheanne Marcoux

    27. Nov, 2012

    And here is the link, peanut butter and butterscotch cookies.

    http://sucrefarine.blogspot.ca/2012/11/caramel-au-beurre.html

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Fantastic photo! I love the idea of combining peanut butter and butterscotch. I will have to give that a try.

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  34. Trina

    27. Nov, 2012

    Here’s my entry for the cookie contest: http://willcookforshoes.posterous.com/chewy-toffee-almond-cookies

    This recipe means a lot to me. Every time I make it I’m reminded of my Grandma and how she taught me to bake.

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Grandma’s really are the best teachers. Especially when it comes to baking. Thaks for sharing your story and recipe.

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  35. Gwen Wright

    27. Nov, 2012

    Here’s my recipe for festive Mojito Cocktail Cookies, bringing the fresh flavours of muddled mint and lime (and a splash of rum, of course!) and baking them into a sparkling holiday treat.

    http://devourandconquer.com/entries/general/mojito-cocktail-cookies-for-the-festive-season

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Great use of flavour combinations into a cookie. I love how your creativity took you from a summer beverage to a holiday cookie. Thanks for sharing!

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      • Gwen Wright

        28. Nov, 2012

        Thanks Jenn! I’m lucky here on Vancouver Island, BC that my garden mint usually stays green through the winter when other herbs hibernate, making this a homegrown recipe.

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  36. Lillian (@beyondumami)

    28. Nov, 2012

    Hot out of the oven just in time for the contest! Would love to go to my first ever FBC2013 here’s the link to my Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies : http://beyondumami.blogspot.ca/2012/11/mouthwatering-easy-oatmeal-chocolate.html

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for the entry and for teaching us how to make brown sugar from white sugar and molasses. I enjoyed all of your photos.

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  37. carole brown

    28. Nov, 2012

    I made chocolate butterscotch oatmeal cookie bars – my first time making butterless cookies and they are really grea!
    http://theyumyumfactor.blogspot.ca/2012/11/chocolate-butterscotch-oatmeal-cookie.html

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Love your photos. Thanks for sharing with us your first time baking a cookie with canola oil. I hope that it is the first of many times to come. Happy baking and best of luck!

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  38. Mrs Little

    28. Nov, 2012

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    • Jenn

      Jenn

      28. Nov, 2012

      Thanks for your entry! Pumpkin is always a great way to start a baked item.

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  39. Stephanie @GlobalDish

    28. Nov, 2012

    I’ve entered my “Island Molasses Cookies” for the My Cookies are the Best contest, and here they are: http://bit.ly/TqTFKU. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Stephanie (from Calgary, AB).

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  40. Jenn

    28. Nov, 2012

    Thanks Stephanie for the entry. As I mentioned on your blog -so funny that I almost spat out my coffee. Thanks for sharing and best of luck!

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  41. Jenn

    28. Nov, 2012

    Thank you to everyone for all the fantastic entries. The contest is now closed. Check back on Monday, December 3 for the announcement of the winners.
    Be well…and happy baking!

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  42. Jenn

    Jenn

    03. Dec, 2012

    Drum roll….the moment you’ve all been waiting for….and the winners are:
    Manitoba – Jeanine (@bakingbeauties) The Baking Beauties with Gluten-Free Sour Cream Sugar Cookies.
    Canada – Maya (@mayakitchen) Maya’s Kitchen from Halifax with Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted all these fabulous recipes. Stay tuned as there is still more to come!!!

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