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Cake Poll: WINter Wonderland Giveaway!

WINterwonderland Giveaway!
Halloween and the election are over...whew! And now, we're at the cusp of the sweetest season of the year, that series of two months where we eat copious amounts of delicious pumpkin pie and christmas cookies. That's right--November is the point of do not pass go, do not diet until New Year's.

And in celebration, we're offering a seasonal sweets poll! It's a bounty of five sweet prizes--for five separate winners! The following prizes are being offered:

  • One lucky winner will receive a cupcake tote bag from Penguinbot! Love is in the details with this sturdy, durable vinyl tote--it's delicately reverse-appliquéd with an adorable cupcake, with the an inner lining of bright, contrasting pattered fabric. It's an extremely well-made bag which would usually retail for $50 (and would be worth every penny). Even if you don't win, you should probably buy one (you know, to help the economy); you can get one here.
  • Two lucky winners will receive Elisa Strauss' new book, Confetti Cakes for Kids. Even without kids, these recipes are super fun and the pictures are amazing to look at!
  • Two winners will receive a pack of Cakespy Holiday notecards! Each pack includes an assortment of cards which are guaranteed to make this the sweetest holiday season ever!

What do you have to do to enter? Don't worry, it's easy. All you have to do is answer the following two questions.


1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?
2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

But wait, there's more! If you copy and paste (or include a link to) a recipe for either of your responses, you'll be entered into the drawing twice! That's right...double your chances of winning!




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Reader Comments (219)

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert will still be a warm slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top. yummmm!

My favorite Christmas cookies are chocolate crinkles. Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/ChocolateCrinkles.html

its really good and super simple and easy to make!

November 10 | Unregistered Commentersharyl

Wow! Those are great prizes! My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my Mom's Apple Crisp! As far as Christmas Cookies go...I would probably have to go with spritz cookies as my favorite! With red hots on them!
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November 10 | Unregistered CommenterJingle

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is a half-slice of pumpkin pie next to a half-slice of pecan pie, topped with whipped cream. Alternate bites. Enjoy!

My favorite Christmas cookie is a beautifully frosted sugar cookie. Yum.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Thanksgiving: Banana Pudding-its my favorite so my mom makes it for me whenever I am home.

Christmas: sugar cookies that you get to decorate or really good biscotti.


This would be great to have on hand for breakfast during the holidays!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterCasasailer

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert EVER is Paula Deen's Pumpkin Pie. Its pretty much the most amazing thing I've ever tasted, and its just that much better when you make it yourself.

My favorite Christmas cookies are those little tins of Danish Shortbread. They're delish. I don't know the recipe though!

November 10 | Unregistered Commenterjjertmann

1. My favorite Thanksgiving dessert are Maple Pecan Tarts:

2. Favorite Cookie: Shortbread Cookies filled with white chocolate and raspberries.. MMmmmMm

November 10 | Unregistered Commentermădălina

Thanksgiving: Pumpkin pie, for sure!

Christmas: Decorated sugar cookies or Snickerdoodles ("fancy" sugar cookies, I guess :-))

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterKaoru

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is the figgy bar from the Fat Free Vegan Kitchen here: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2006/08/skinny-figgy-bars.html

And my favorite Christmas cookie... hmm.. I'd have to say, gingerbread cookies. I love ginger in baked goods. (http://www.fatfreevegan.com/desserts/gingerbread_cookies.shtml)

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterEva

So fun!
My fave Thanksgiving dessert is this cake (I know it's not very Thanksgivingy, but I make it every year for my brother's bday, which always falls right around Thanksgiving).

And my fave Christmas cookie is this sugar cookie recipe:

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

thanksgiving - warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream (why am i lying thats my fave dessert all year long!) and i always have to have a lil slice of pumpkin with whip!

xmas - ricotta anisette cookies my moms friend used to make who passed away. found a recipe and cant wait to make them this year!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

Thanksgiving...My nieces and I make pies of their choosing together, so it is usually something new. My favorite isn't very seasonal: lime coconut buttermilk pie with fresh whipped cream.

Christmas cookie? Shortbread or anything from a cookie press.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Ooooh! Deliciousness!

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Lucky Cinnamon Apple Cake:


and my favorite Christmas cookie is Holly Leaves, which will turn your fingers, teeth and tongue green, but are so worth it:


November 10 | Unregistered Commenterpaintandink

I want those adorable holiday cards! My favorite thanksgiving dessert is cold pumpkin pie with candied pecans thrown on top and slathered in soyatoo whipped cream.

Christmas cookie=can whoopie pies with mint icing in the middle count as a cookie or is that really just a cake in the guise of a cookie?

November 10 | Unregistered Commentersmalazzo-miller

Cool questions!

My fave Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie squares. I made them a few weeks back on my blog:


There like a cross between pumpkin pie and a cake.

Christmas - I have a new fave now. Soft Molasses Cookies. The best cookie I have ever made. Check them out here:


November 10 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is crumb-top apple pie, cold, with vanilla soy ice cream! Link to the pie here: http://veganplanet.blogspot.com/2008/10/apple-pie-is-apple-pie.html

My favorite xmas cookie is the Mexcian Wedding Cake/Russian Tea Cake! So yummy. Link to cookies (same cookies, different name) here: http://www.veganexplosion.com/#entry_27
Although I prefer mine with walnuts!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterValerie H.

My favorite Christmas cookie is the sugar cookies from Joy of Baking! http://www.joyofbaking.com/SugarCookie.html
Although, my mom always added cinnamon to these cookies, so they were more of a cinnamon/sugar cookie, and instead of icing, she'd put sprinkles on tops, and we'd have to flatten them before baking so that they were super thin. like a cracker. crispy thin cookies with sprinkles. But the recipe was definitly from the Joy of Cooking--OldeSchool.
My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is apple pie. I didn't have pie until, like, 10 years ago, because we were always a cake family. But once I had pie...oh, boy. I learned how to make a great pie and haven't stopped. I like this recipe for Dutch Apple Pie (http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/ApplePie.htm)
but I am not a super-de-duper fan of the cognac inside, so I'd probably leave it out. Also, I'd add in some strawberries. Because apple + strawberry + pie + vanilla ice cream is about the super greatest thing I can imagine.

November 10 | Unregistered Commenterfeathermar

My favorite thanksgiving dessert recipe before i went vegan was the America's Test Kitchen recipe for pumpkin cheesecake (AMAZING! http://www.americastestkitchen.com/cookstv/preview/default.asp?req=1&station=mainChannel&video=s5/pumpkincheesecake ). If i ever figure out how to veganize it, i'll probably die of happiness.

My favorite christmas dessert is cut out gingerbread cookies (a la this recipe: http://www.theppk.com/recipes/dbrecipes/index.php?RecipeID=196 )
I like to cut them into non-traditional shapes. Particularly dinosaurs and ducks. Delicious!

November 10 | Unregistered Commenterradioactivegan

1. Hmm, I think apple pie. A wonderful classic.
2. The super messy cut out sugar cookies I make with my mom, who dreads every second of it!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie's Creations

Thanksgiving dessert: Butterscotch Pumpkin pie (from the most recent Bon Appetit -- I blogged about it here: http://ndlawwife.blogspot.com/2008/11/pumpkin-butterscotch-pie.html)

Christmas cookie: That's a really hard one. I love ALL cookies. Favorite is probably a classic snickerdoodle like these: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mrs-Siggs-Snickerdoodles/Detail.aspx

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterLayla

Thanksgiving dessert would be an Apple Cranberry Ribbon Pie -- the perfect amount of tart and sweet. Plus, the left over cranberry spread makes a wonderful snack on crackers; almost like a chutney.

Christmas cookie would have to be a classic ginger snap.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Oh! How does one narrow it down?

1. Home made butter mints! But this year I'll be making sour cream apple pie.
2. Our little family favorite is making a clone version of the Girl Scout Thin Mints. They freeze well (actually they are very yummy straight from the freezer) so we've made them in advance and given them as gifts. http://food.ivillage.com/recipefinder/display/0,,hr1h,00.html
But last year we made gingerbread trains and turns out the recipe was super too! http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/special/feature/ff1106-gingerbread-train/

Sorry I couldn't narrow it down very well!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

I happen to have my own cupcake tote from Penguinbot, and it's AWESOME! I get a ton of compliments on it, and it's very well made. :) But I'd still like another one...

1) Tollhouse Pie. Like a giant, warm chocolate chip cookie
2) Snickerdoodles!

November 10 | Unregistered Commentercraftybitch

1. My favorite t-day dessert is pumpkin pie!
2. My favorite Christmas cookie is the italian cuccidati cookie.

Mmm..soo good! What a fun giveaway!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert? I have two favorite desserts on Thanksgiving one is apple pie served warm with ice cream and the other is mocha moose.

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie? My grandmother's sugar cookies.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

For the past couple of years I have been making tofu-pumpkin pie and it has become my new favorite! Don't worry you cant taste the tofu at all.


You basically just replace the eggs and milk with a bit of pureed tofu.

My favorite Christmas cookie would have to be spritz cookies of all flavors, especially almond. When I was a kid we would bake tons of these cookies!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterLinds
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