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The Honest Weight and Times Union 'Naughty or Nice' Cookie Challenge

Times Union Naughty or Nice Cookie Challenge

We have our Honest Weight - Times Union Cookie Challenge winners! There were 302 physical ballots cast and our winners are:

Naughty Division - Szechuan Peppercorn Gingersnap

  • Submitted by Stephanie Espinal, Albany
  • This is a cookie that leaves your mouth tingling. It brings some heat with Chinese five-spice powder, Szechuan peppercorns and fresh ginger. The molasses cool everything down.

See the recipe and find out more about Stephanie Espinal.


Nice Division - Orange Cranberry Pecan Shortbread

  • Submitted by: Johanne Friedman, Niskayuna
  • This is a vegan, gluten-free and free of refined sugar. These cookies are sweetened with maple syrup and include oats, almond flour and tapioca starch. Orange peel, dried cranberries and pecans provide the flavor.

See the recipe and find out more about Johanne Friedman.


The winners will receive a prize package from Honest Weight and will have their cookie recipe baked and sold at the store during the holiday season. Come in to try them out!

You can see the pictures of the cookie finalists and online vote tallies on Facebook.

We sincerely want to thank everyone and Jennifer Gish of the TU so much for participating. 

We are grateful and hope to see you all soon.

Note: Employees of the Times Union and the Honest Weight Food Co-op and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter.