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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)

1) favourite dessert at Thanksgiving is pumpkin pie with real whipped cream
next would be pumpkin creme brulee

2) favourite Christmas cookie is Sweedish Pepparkokar

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterFlour Confections

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

Apple dumplings, I started making PDubs this year, and its now my fave recipe! http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/apple_dumplings/

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie? I love love those shortbread press cookies that my gma used to make. I havent had them in years and miss them!

I've never been to your blog, but I'll def be back!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterFatGirlsSkinny

Great prizes! My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream. (Still haven't perfected a version I can eat, but hey). Here's a great Canadian recipe for it: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/cooking_school/crunchy_top_pumpkin_cheesecake.php
For Christmas, I love chocolate peppermint cookies. You might try these: http://www.recipezaar.com/Mint-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-152834

November 10 | Unregistered Commenterdietdessertndogs

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is hands-down Pumpkin Pie!

My favorite Christmas cookie is decorated Sugar cookies!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterJon and Angela

Hi Jessie!

This is an awesome contest!

1. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dessert?

Answer: Apple Pie ala mode
Recipe can be found here: http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/t--1715/apple-pie-ala-mode.asp

2. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?

Answer: Christmas Tea Cakes (cookies)
Recipe can be found here: http://baking.about.com/library/recipes/blcoo14.htm

Nora (NO!ra from Flickr)

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterNora

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is my trademark caramel apple cheesecake.

My favorite Christmas cookies are Walnut Shortbread balls. They are so easy and so light.
8 oz butter
4 tbsp Sugar
1 cup ground walnuts
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix ingredients and form into balls. Roll in powdered sugar and bake at 325F for approx 25 minutes. When cool, roll in powdered sugar again.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterDigital Misfit

for Thanksgiving I always make Ina Garten's Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pumpkin-banana-mousse-tart-recipe/index.html.

Favorite cookie is, sorry, I know it's Jewish, ehhh, Rugelach. (but Jesus was originally Jewish, no?). Becuase I LOVE cake, and this is the only cookie I will ever choose over cake. Recipe is from Martha's Baking handbook.

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Crisp--yummmmm.
My favorite Christmas cookie is Walnut Shortbread rolled in powdered sugar.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterNanna

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is Pumpkin Crisp--yummmmm.
My favorite Christmas cookie is Walnut Shortbread rolled in powdered sugar.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterNanna

For Thanksgiving it's Pumpkin Pie, baby!!!!
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/detail.aspx?ID=18470" REL="nofollow">Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Christmas cookie, well... I LOVE them all!! I guess if I have to pick one... Snowball Cookies.
http://www.backofthebox.com/recipes/cookies/snowball-cookies-g.html" REL="nofollow">Snowball Cookie Recipe

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakeDD

Thanksgiving dessert...pumpkin crunch cake. The one with the yellow cake mix, pecans, and lots of butter on top.
Christmas cookie...Amish sugar cookies from a store near my parents house.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterCandy S

1. Thanksgiving dessert: Smuckers Caramel Pecan pie. I'm not sure why I love this pie so much. Maybe because it's easy. Maybe because I also like to drizzle dark chocolate across the top. Mmm!

Recipe link: http://www.smuckers.com/sk/recipes/desserts/caramelpecanpie.asp

2. Shortbread. I used to just press the dough into the bottom of a pie pan, but now I have two different shortbread molds. This online recipe is the closest to the one I actually use. Just three ingredients (use the freshest butter you can get) and that's all one really needs: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Scotch-Shortbread-Cookies/Detail.aspx

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterOwl Chick

Adding another comment (but not trying to get multiple multiple chances to win...honest!) because I wanted to offer also, in addition to easy shortbread with only 3 ingredients, an entire story that goes with a much longer and different cookie recipe.

Danish brown cookies. The recipe makes a gajillion of them that will last indefinitely in an airtight container: http://www.owlchick.net/2001/12/cookies

I didn't mark these as my favorite as I don't get to make these every year; they take time. But I do love them and wanted to share the story.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterOwl Chick

I love pumpkin pie, but recently I tried the Pumpkin Roll. And Its fantastic. That is my new favorite Thanksgiving dessert. I cant wait to make more of that.


My favorite cookie would have to be the Snickerdoodle.


November 10 | Unregistered Commentervfernandez

1. Oh, it would have to be my mom's pumpkin pie. I know it's just the Libby's canned pumpkin recipe with a bunch more cinnamon, but it's the tradition and love that makes me clamor for it. Of course, with whipped creme.

2. Hmm. Again, my mom's doing here. Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without those delicious buttery Spritz that are piped out of the cookie gun. It might look like a caulk gun, but it puts our pure happiness. And Spritz just melt in your mouth!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterMo

My favorite Thanksgiving dessert is apple pie, and for Christmas I have to give a shout-out to gingerbread cookies! Here's a good-looking recipe from Martha:


November 10 | Unregistered Commenterandrea jean

1. I get so excited when I see pumpkin cheesecake coming out!

2. I love cut out sugar cookies with icing!!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterAK

1. Pumpkin bread!
2. Sugar cookies with icing of course!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterAC Supers

1. Thanksgiving dessert is Pecan Pie:

2. Christmas dessert is Mexican Wedding Cookies. I have such great memories of making these with my mom and then sneaking some away. And they were so conveniently small, it wasn't hard to do. :)


November 10 | Unregistered CommenterJachiCue

1. My mom's gooey Pecan Pie
2. Spritzer Cookies!

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cupcaketologist

Favorite Thanksgiving dessert would be apple pie with chocolate ice cream - what can I say? Dessert without chocolate just isn't dessert.

Favorite Christmas cookie would be Peanut Butter Balls:


2 c. peanut butter (natural style)
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 stick butter
3 c. Rice Krispies (you can add more if you want)

Mix well. Make into small balls. Chill thoroughly.

In top of double boiler melt:

1 (12 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/8 of a cake of paraffin (keeps them shiny)

Using spoons, dip ball into melted chocolate and place on tray. Chill.

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterLolliCakes

Ooooh, how fun...and yummy! I'm loving all the recipes posted!

1. Favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Cousin Craig's Fantasy Fudge...yes from the back of the Marshmallow Creme jar! http://tinyurl.com/6bzbkh

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie? Chocolate Chip...Santa loves these: http://www.texasbelle.net/?p=1329

November 10 | Unregistered Commentersnarflemarfle

Pecan pie is my favorite thanksgiving pie (although cherry pie is my favorite pie in general).

Xmas cookies? I didn't know there was such a category. I've been living in a bubble I guess. I think something with chocolate would be my favorite. Are there xmas cookies with chocolate? Again, I'm clearly clueless :)

November 10 | Unregistered CommenterElina
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