With one week 'til the big day, it's still all about Christmas cookies here on Cookie Connection! If you're like me - with all of your shopping and baking left to do - then you're in luck, because this week's Spotlight has plenty of ideas for both. Yes, both! After all, cookies make the greatest holiday gifts, right?
Boasting everything from gingerbread cottages and dimensional stars to reindeer and other cute-as-a-button snow creatures, our hot list* provides a little something to delight everyone on your shopping list. So preheat that oven, don your most festive holiday apron, and stop procrasti-baking - pronto!
#1: Gingerbread Fairy Cottage by mintlemonade (aka Cookie Crumbs)
#2: Keep Warm by Maybe a Cookie
#3: Blue Star by AnikÓ VargÁnÉ OrbÁn
#4: Winter Walk by Maybe a Cookie [EDITOR'S NOTE: And she does it again! Woo hoo!]
#5: Hearts and Roses by Teri Pringle Wood
#6: Cookie Country by Ale Capurro [EDITOR'S NOTE: A special congrats to Ale on her first Spotlight! How well deserved!]
#7: Santa and Snowflakes by Evelindecora [EDITOR'S NOTE: Posted back in 2013, this set, now with over 15,000 views, is a prime example of staying power! Great job, Evelin!]
#8: Gingerbread Star by AnikÓ VargÁnÉ OrbÁn [EDITOR'S NOTE: Another two-time winner this week! And for good reason - AnikÓ's intricate overpiping is truly one-of-a-kind!]
#9: Woodland Creatures by The Sweet Workshop
#10: How to Make a Reindeer by The Cookie Studio
Now if those beauties don't leave you with visions of sugar cookies dancing in your head, I'm not sure what will! Congrats to everyone on this week's hot list for a job well done!
P.S. I'll be on vacation from December 23 through January 2, so the next Saturday Spotlight is scheduled for Sunday, January 3, 2016. But, don't worry, we've got more great content coming your way before Christmas, including the announcement of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #14 and a holiday cookie tutorial from Dolce Sentire that is guaranteed to have you doing double takes!
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