It's time to bake! Submit your entries now for our 2018 Holiday Cookie Contest

What are the categories?

There are five cookie categories: Classic, Bar, Special Diet, Beauty and Kids' Choice. Winners get Central Market gift certificates: £150 for first place, £100 for second and £50 for third. The sixth category, Cookie Man, is judged on appearance only.

The winning Cookie Man will be the mascot for next year's contest. Last year's Cookie (Woman!), 13 Dolls a-Stacking, is our mascot this year. She was created by Chelsie Doak of Garland.

Classic: So many people are just discovering (or rediscovering) baking that we want to showcase what a classic holiday cookie really means. Find your best of the best recipes from over the years. Bar: We're bringing back the Bar category!

We have missed the creative layers the last couple of years. Beauty: Doin' it for the 'gram. This cookie should be drop-dead gorgeous: colorful, glitzy, perfect for Instagram.

This is your chance to decorate and get creative. It still needs to be edible, though. Kids' Choice (ages 7-12): We want to inspire and encourage the next generation of bakers, so if your children have favorite recipes that they help you with or bake by themselves, please enter.

Special Diet: We are always very aware of special diet considerations, and so are many families and hosts. These cookies can be gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, or any combination. Cookie Man: The contest mascot is judged on appearance only.

Currently a Russian nesting doll, Cookie Man has also taken these forms: a cowboy (twice), a fox, a baking Santa, an elf, a leaping lord, an angel, a snowman, a snowflake and a gnome.

Cookie Man is picked by the judging panel and does not need to be edible.

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