Saturday Spotlight: Top 10 Cookies of the Week

 

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)#1 - Gingerbread Fairy Cottage by mintlemonade (aka Cookie Crumbs)

#2: Keep Warm by Maybe a Cookie#2 - Keep Warm by Maybe a Cookie

#3: Blue Star by AnikÓ VargÁnÉ OrbÁn#3 - Blue Star by Anikó Vargáné Orbán

#4: Winter Walk by Maybe a Cookie [EDITOR'S NOTE: And she does it again! Woo hoo!]
#4 - Winter Walk by Maybe a Cookie

#5: Hearts and Roses by Teri Pringle Wood
#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!]#6 - Cookie Country by Ale Capurro

#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!]
#7 - Santa and Snowflakes by Evelindecora

#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!]
#8 - Gingerbread Star by Anikó Vargáné Orbán

#9: Woodland Creatures by The Sweet Workshop
#9 - Woodland Creatures by The Sweet Workshop

#10: How to Make a Reindeer by The Cookie Studio
#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! 

* 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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Beautiful cookies and amazing gingerbread houses Congratulations everyone. 

Have a lovely break Julia. Thank you so very much for all your amazing hard work making this such a fantastic community. Looking forward to a brilliant 2016. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Dear Julia,
I am very surprised! It's a big honor, at this mentioned is really great for me. Thank you!!! Therefore I feel free to experiment on my overpiping style .
Congrats to everyone! All of yours cookies are beautiful and exude warmth and a sense of love. I happy to be with You again!
Dear Julia, and cookiers, 
I wish You Merry Christmas, and may this new year bring you joy and laughter, many hours happy in creating, many nice ideas, and honor.


So honored and surprised to see my oldies in this amazing list of Christmas cookies! 

Thanks with all my heart to Julia and all the Cookie Connection members who have liked them ❤️ I wish a Merry Christmas to you all! ^^

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