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Naughty or Nice Cookie Challenge!

Whose cookie recipe will win a $100 HWFC gift card?

Winning cookies packaged and on sale at Honest WeightThe Naughty or Nice Cookie Challenge, presented by Honest Weight and the Times Union, is back again!

Seventy-six bakers sent us their best holiday cookie recipes--some nice (on the healthier side of the 'cookie' label) and some naughty (decadent and with no-calories-spared). We rated the recipes and voted for six favorites- three from each category. 

See the finalists in the Times Union online!

Now, it's up to you to VOTE! Go to the Albany Times Union Facebook page and view the gallery of photos of all these semifinalist cookies, under the Photos tab. Go through and like the picture of the cookie(s) that appeal to you. Each like will count as a vote.

Plus, mark your calendars for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the tasting portion of the competition! Ballots will be available for those who come and taste the cookies at Honest Weight. We will tally those votes, as well as the Facebook likes, and determine our winners. The winners of each the Naughty and the Nice categories, as well as our new Lovin' Local winner, will be announced in the Dec. 13 Times Union Food section, along with their recipes and those of the semifinalists.

The winners of each category will receive a a $100 gift card and prize package from yours truly. We'll also bake and sell the winning cookies through the holiday season!

Two runners-up in each category will receive a $25 gift card from Honest Weight. Plus, we’re adding a new Lovin' Local prize this year for recipes using a locally-grown or produced ingredient.


Three smiling HWFC Bakers in HWFC teeshirts with plates of cookies

Photos of last year's winners and Honest Weight staff by John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union