So it seems choosing Best Cookie of 2013 was tantamount to asking, "Who's more talented, Picasso or Monet?"!! All of the 39 finalists' cookies were remarkable in their artistry, each just in a different way.
And, yes, as predicted, the popular vote was neck and neck - even with over 920 votes cast, the race was too close for us to call just one winner. As this award is super special and one we at Cookie Connection don't take lightly, today we're posting the FINAL finalists, meaning the top 10 emerging from the popular vote. We're also launching an additional judging round to determine the ultimate winner as systematically and objectively as possible. (Hold onto your seats, this contest is about to get even more exciting!)
Over the next week, Kip Simpson and his team at BRP Box Shop; Karen Anderson, one of our faithful and talented Cookie Connection contributors; and I will score each of the ten finalists on the following four criteria:
- Originality of design;
- Difficulty of design/techniques used;
- Mastery of design/techniques used; and
- Overall appeal/aesthetic.
Our individual scores will be totaled and then averaged for each cookie; the highest average score will determine the winner. To allow us time to judge carefully and thoughtfully, we'll be announcing the results of this judging round in our next Saturday Spotlight on January 18.
In the meantime, sit back and revel in the cookie fabulosity that is represented in each of the 10 FINAL finalists, listed below in the order they appeared on the site.
Thanks again to Kip and BRP Box Shop for sponsoring this contest and going the extra mile into this judging round. (For a reminder of his lovely prizes, click here.) Thanks as well to Karen for adding the Herculean task of choosing to an already long to-do list!
Entry #3: Paisley Flower by Art & Honey
Entry #5: Rainbow Birthday Cake Allison at Baked on Briar
Entry #6: Superman by Brynn at Craft Me A Cookie
Entry #8: Nantucket Delicacy Set by Rebecca at The Cookie Architect
Entry #10: Classic Pooh Onesie Favors by Allison at Baked on Briar
Entry #19: Gingerbread Carousel by LSchuy
Entry #21: Cheez-It by Grunderfully Delicious
Entry #23: Finding Nemo by Sugared Hearts Bakery
Entry #26: Bird Houses by Tina at Sugar Wishes
Entry #35: Spiders! by Lucy at Honeycat Cookies
Congrats, everyone! Just one more week of waiting with bated breath!