First, my apologies if I'm advancing the seasons too rapidly for you!
But EEK! I spotted my first pumpkin cookie of the year about two weeks ago, so I'm afraid that Halloween cookies might already be past due! Without further delay, let me announce this week's Halloween hot list* so it still has time to cast a spell on you.
While some of this week's selection are downright ghastly (in a good way) and others are as sweet as trick-or-treat candy, each contains a potent dose of Halloween magic as you'll see!
#1: Halloween Ghost Cookies by Mike at Semi Sweet
#2: Trick or Treaters by Nancy at Seasons of Joy
#3: Halloween Cookies for the GO BO Foundation by Dolce
[EDITOR'S NOTE: For the uninitiated, the GO BO Foundation brings hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions by funding research, supporting treatment, and helping their families during times of financial need. Many of our cookiers have donated cookies for an upcoming GO BO fundraising auction.]
#4: Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Cookies by Melissa Joy
#5: The Walking Dead by Tricia Z at The Cookie Loft Girls
#6: Grinning Jack-o-Lantern by The Sweetest Tiers
#7: Haunted Gingerbread House by De Koekenbakkers [EDITOR'S NOTE: Boy, this cookie creation has staying power; it was #10 last week!]
#8: Day of Death Cookies by Anna at Cookies Unleashed!
#9: Spooky Halloween by Trilogy Edibles
#10: GO BO Foundation Halloween Trick or Treat Cookies by Sugar Rush Custom Cookies
* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos are added to the site. But what you see here is who was hottest over the previous week at the time of this post!
So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.
To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.