Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies

 

Seeing as this is my last Spotlight before Christmas (more on the Cookie Connection holiday schedule below), I'm just going to say this now in case I miss you on the 25th: MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! May you have a truly wonderful and blessed holiday season with your treasured ones.

Speaking of treasures . . . this site has been full of them in the run-up to Christmas, and this week is no different. Tonight's hot list* boasts a magnificent 3-D nativity scene, classic candy canes and evergreens, a pony masquerading as a reindeer, flying gnomes, gnomes on Christmas trees, gnomes at night . . . the list of wonders goes on. But, let me stop reciting them, so you can see the magic for yourself!

I love the bold, graphic, iconic Christmas look of our topmost-trending cookie photo, and so it has the double honor of being our cover image this week. Special congrats to @Cookies on Cambridge!

#1: Merry and Bright by Cookies on Cambridge#1 - Merry and Bright by Cookies on Cambridge

#2: Snow Globe Cookies by Gingerland [EDITOR'S NOTE: This all-time Christmas fave once again hits our hot list! I've lost count of how many times it has!]
#2 - Snow Globe Cookies by Gingerland

#3: My Pony Believes It's a Reindeer by Dolce Flo#3 - My Pony Believes It's a Reindeer by Dolce Flo

#4: Pastel Gnomes and Christmas Candies by Teri Pringle Wood [EDITOR'S NOTE: The first of three recognitions for Teri this week! @Teri Pringle Wood, I don't know how you keep up your tremendous pace!]#4 - Pastel Gnomes and Christmas Candies by Teri Pringle Wood

#5: Christmas Baubles by La Shay by Ferda Ozcan#5 - Christmas Baubles by La Shay by Ferda Ozcan

#6: Aqua Blue by Teri Pringle Wood#6 - Aqua Blue by Teri Pringle Wood

#7: 'Tis the Season by Teri Pringle Wood#7 - 'Tis the Season by Teri Pringle Wood

#8: Skrzaty Nocą (aka Gnomes at Night) by Teresa Pękul
#8 - Skrzaty Nocą (aka Elves at Night) by Teresa Pękul

#9: Christmas Characters by Tina at Sugar Wishes#9 - Christmas Characters by Tina at Sugar Wishes

#10: Nativity Scene by Elke Hoelzle
#10 - Nativity Scene by Elke Hoelzle

And that's a wrap! Congrats to all of our honorees!

Before I leave you, just a housekeeping note: I will be out of town next weekend, doing pre-Christmas in New York City with some old friends, so there will be no Spotlight on December 21. I'll resume them the following weekend, on December 28. In the meantime, have the happiest of holidays!

* 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.

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.

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