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Christmas in July Giveaway with Zazzle

***** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED *****

 

Hey, all! Cookie Connection is partnering with Zazzle this week on a terrific giveaway surrounding their blow-out Christmas in July sale that's running from today, July 21, through July 25, 2014.

 

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If you didn't know, Zazzle will personalize just about any product for you: aprons, labels (perfect for cookie packaging), cookie jars . . . heck, even cake pans (which can easily double as cool cookie boxes)! During this week's sale, you can receive hefty discounts on these items, and many more!

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And that's not all! If you enter this giveaway, you'll be in the running for a $75 gift certificate, which can be applied to any purchase on Zazzle. (The certificate is valid for both US- and non-US-based customers, with no expiration date).

 

You don't even have to make cookies to join the fun!

 

How To Enter

 

Simply do the following before 11 pm central, July 25:

  • REQUIRED: Tell me (in the comments area below) what's the best Christmas cookie design you've ever made. 
  • OPTIONAL: Copy the following text (in hot pink) and tweet it by clicking on the blue Twitter bird icon at the end of this post: #Zazzle Christmas in July giveaway on @JuliaMUsher 's #Cookie Connection: http://tinyurl.com/nf6e3kp 

Other Giveaway Details

  • Only one comment per person is permitted. Duplicates will be deleted.
  • Remember, you must be a Cookie Connection member to comment on this site. To join, just click on "Join Community" in the upper left of our home page and follow the sign-up prompts.
  • The winner will be determined by random number generator at the close of the giveaway. The person whose comment position matches the number drawn by the random number generator will win!
  • The winner will be announced on this site and also contacted directly via email shortly after the close of the giveaway.

I think I've covered the basics! If you don't want to try your luck in the giveaway, you can still take advantage of great savings on Zazzle through July 25! Shop now! And/or best of luck!

 

***** GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT *****

 

First . . . I wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about everyone's favorite Christmas cookie designs - and even seeing a few, thanks to those who uploaded their work! My personal favorite may very well be the ones I'm working on now (3-D ornaments with windows and other tiny cookies in them), but, honestly, it's a little too soon to tell. I'll know more in a few days when they're done! Hopefully, they'll cooperate.

 

Thanks to everyone for participating in this giveaway, and especially to Zazzle for sponsoring it.

 

And now, for the winner!

 

We had 54 entries at the time of contest close, and I drew the following random number:

 

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This means that comment #33 by Lorraine is our winning entry: 

 

Lorraine

 

Congrats, Lorraine! I'll be emailing you shortly with information about how to redeem your $75 gift certificate from Zazzle. Woo hoo!

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Thanks for the blog, your videos, and all your information sharing!

 

I'm pretty new to cookie decorating, so my favorite so far is snowflakes with royal icing and clear sanding sugar on them to give some sparkle. I used just a drop of blue in the white icing to make it slightly icy-looking. 

 

I've got your post set to tweet on a schedule when the most people will see it tomorrow. 

 

I'm just wondering since it's Christmas in July, how long can you bake, decorate, and store cookies before you sell/serve them?

 

Thanks again!

 

[EDITOR'S NOTE: I'M ANSWERING IN YOUR POST SO I DON'T GET ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY! I LIKE TO BAKE MY COOKIES "TO ORDER" FOR MAXIMUM FRESHNESS, SO I TYPICALLY DO ALL OF THE BAKING IN ONE DAY, TOPCOATS THE NEXT, DETAILS THE NEXT IF THE TOPCOATS NEED TO DRY FIRST; THEN SERVE. SO TWO TO THREE DAYS IN PROCESS DEPENDING ON THE DESIGN AND QUANTITY.  ~JMU P.S. WELCOME TO THE SITE AND HAVE FUN!]

Last edited by Julia M. Usher

Last Christmas was my first attempt at decorating a cookie with royal icing. I made a lot of different cookies mostly copied from the internet, but one of my favorites was the last one. I had one more cookie and didn't know what to do with it so I piped red and green lines horizontally and vertically, then threw on some red sanding sugar. It looked like a sparkly plaid and I loved it.

Thank you for the chance!  I'm a beginner to cookie decorating, but so far my favorite cookies are ones that I made based on closeups of some of my favorite famous paintings.  After "painting" the closeups, I piped ornate frames around them without any sort of stencil or example.  Some of them were not so good, but I was proud of most of them.  After dusting with gold they really looked great and I received a lot of compliments on them.