EatingWell Picks the Best Holiday Cookies of 2010

By Stacy Fraser, EatingWell Editors, "Winning Cookies," November/December 2010

How we found the best winning holiday cookies.

About The Winners

Grand Prize winner Jeanine Dinsmore, 53, entered Nana’s Creole Pecan Cake Bars in our contest in honor of her mother, “Nana,” who passed away recently and always added extra love when she baked. Jeanine is the Children’s Director at her church, where she teaches kids how to be healthy from the inside out.

Jennifer Beckman, 36, writes occasionally on her blog,, about cooking and eating well at home. Developing her Sugarplum Biscotti for our contest sparked her interest in entering more contests and exploring the world of, in her words, “competitive housewifery.” Right now, she’s experimenting with Asian cuisine, so dinner at her house frequently features “something stir-fried, served over rice.”

Making cutout sugar cookies is a longtime tradition in JoAnne Geiger’s family and has inspired her large collection of cookie cutters. Her Joy Cookies are based on sugar-cookie dough that she modified for her mother-in-law, Georgia Geiger, who has limited use of her hands. Instead of rolling out the dough, it can be spread into a pan and cut out after baking.

Teresa Ralston, 44-year-old mother of four active children, bakes almost every day and loves to create new recipes. Two years ago, she won a cooking contest and a trip to the Food Network to cook with Iron Chef Bobby Flay. She developed her Citrus-Kissed Honey Buttons because her family loves citrus flavors and she wanted a cookie that was “a little different than the usual chocolate chip or peanut butter cookie.”

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