Happy Holidays means eating a billion cookies. I’m sorry, but it’s true.

Like you, I’m not feeling especially fresh this morning. But that’s not the point. Last night, we emerged victorious from the rubble of a billion  cookies. I don’t want to even SEE another cookie ever again!!! Wait ha ha that’s not true, I filled up a mongo tupperware with extra cookies pilfered from the tables at the Cookie Takedown!!! Suckers!!! I’ll be eating cookies for DAZE!!!!!!!

I think this is a good harbinger of the amazing holidays we’re all going to have.  (BTW my birthday is December 29.)

Thank you, cooks! You are all so sweet and hard core, it is most vicious to serve with you on the front lines of doom.  Thank you Bell House, and all my rad sponsors!!!

Fascinating piece by the New York Daily News.  Scintillating VIDEO reportage by the New York Post !!!

And Gabi Porter took some AMAZING pics for MetroMix!!!! Seriously, this woman is the best photographer of people ever!

More pics are up at my Takedown Facebook Page! Add yourself to that!!!

Here’s the winners, in order of their dopeness:

Judges
(Our judges know a thing or two about cookies, because they are from Baked, in Red Hook! Renato Poliafito , Matt Lewis, and Eric Wolitzky! Eric was on TOP CHEF!!!)

1st Ben Lesnak and Allegra Angus – “P.B. I Love Thee”
2nd Greg Erskine – “Almond Toffee Coffee”
3rd Laura Wyatt – “Mint Chocolate Magic”

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Michaela Hayes – “Not Your Mama’s Kitchen Sink Cookie”
Anne Garrett and Katie Feola – “Salty Bourbon Choco Choco Chip”
Mina Hochberg – “Chocolate Chip A La Mode with a Moment of Sea Salt”

People’s Choice
1st Mina Hochberg – “Chocolate Chip A La Mode with a Moment of Sea Salt”
2nd Greg Erskine – “Almond Toffee Coffee”
3rd Anne Garrett and Katie Feola – “Salty Bourbon Choco Choco Chip”

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Ben Lesnak and Allegra Angus – “P.B. I Love Thee”
Stephanie Venetsky – “French Toast in Bacon”
Denise Burrell-Stinson – “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip with Cream Cheese”

Every contestant is super pumped, not only to win  an Oxo spatula, but also a BOTTLE OF BULLEIT BOURBON! WOWZERS!!! XXX!!!

Thank you BELL HOUSE! You are so awesome- and still the best venue in Brooklyn and the sickest staff, who are my actual friends!!!  And thanks to all my brillo sponsors- Anolon, Microplane, Le Creuset, Bulleit, Wusthof and Oxo!!!

After the jump, CHECK OUT ALL THE CONTESTANTS AND THEIR AMAZING COOKIES!!!
#1 Jeanna Miller “Sugar Plums”
#2 Pat Jones “Vegan Pumpkin Oat”
#3 Zoë Parasenoupoulos and Vina Ayers – “Iced Pumpkin Cookies”
#4 Michaela Hayes “Not Your Mama’s Kitchen Sink Cookie”
#5 Cassie Pallas and Alyson Mance “S’ Munchies”
#6 Ben Lesnak and Allegra Angus “P.B. I Love Thee”
#7 Stephanie Venetsky “French Toast N’ Bacon Cookies”
#8 Merrilee Santoro “Canadian Moonties”
#9 Denise Burrell-Stinson “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip with Cheesecake Frosting”
#11 Anne Garrett and Katie Feola “Salty Bourbon Choco Choco Chip”
#12 Melissa Zhang and Emily Hanhan “Spiced Milk and Cookies”
#13 Allison Young “Chocolate Bacon Snicker Doodle”
#15 Sasha Shlyamberg “Sasha’s Sassy Chips”
#16 Sara Kunz and Daph Miller “Bieber Bites”
#17 Melissa Denchak “Drunken Elf Bites”
#18 Richard Claplin and Marc Daniel – “Aztec Snaps”
#19 Laura Wyatt “Mint Chocolate Magic”
#20 Anne Lind “ Tipsy Grandmas”
#21 Jennifer and Brian Sampietro “White Chocolate Macademia Nut”
#23 Greg Erskine “Almond Toffee Coffee”
#24 Rachel Anderson “Mama Said Nacho Stout”
#25 Mina Hochberg “Chocolate Chip Cookie a La Mode with a Moment of Sea Salt”
#27 Gilllian Shotwell “Christmas Crumbies”
#28 Jennifer Diviney “Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin”

THANK YOU SPONSPORS!!!!

A portion of proceeds benefited Women’s Education Project!

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