How to enter the 2019 Dayton Daily News holiday cookie contest

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time to start that holiday baking!

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that your family can’t live without every year?

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If so, please share your best cookie recipe with the Dayton Daily News during our annual cookie contest.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

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Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell


What: Dayton Daily News Annual Holiday Cookie Contest

When: Cookie judging on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

How to enter: Just bring one dozen of your favorite cookies to the Dayton Daily News lobby, 1611 S. Main St., Dayton between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. Please enter the main doors that face Main Street. Drop off your cookies at the front desk.

What to bring: The person dropping off the cookies (whether that's the baker or a representative) will need to provide photo identification.

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What needs to be included with my entry? One dozen cookies, a copy of the recipe with exact ingredients and measurements and thorough step-by-step directions on preparation and baking. Cookies with incomplete recipe details will be eliminated from the contest. You must also include: your first and last name, hometown, daytime phone number and email address for confirmation. If this information is not included, the cookies will be eliminated from the judging. Please send your cookies in a disposable sealed container that you will not need back.

When will judging take place: Judging will take place in the afternoon.

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What if I don't want to share my family recipe? We're sorry but entries without recipes attached will not be eligible.

Can I enter more than one cookie? Yes, but they must be packaged separately and each must include the recipe and all of your contact info.

Photo: Before you submit your entry, please have someone snap a photo of you either baking the cookies or posing with your plate of completed cookies. If you're a top three winner, we just might ask you to share that photo with us for publication!

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Eligibility criteria: Entrants must be age 18 or older, live in the Dayton Daily News circulation area and be home bakers. No professional bakers or chefs.

Prizes: The first-place winner will receive a $100 Kroger gift card. The second-place winner will receive a $50 Kroger gift card. The third-place winner will receive a $25 Kroger gift card.

Credit: Lisa Powell

Credit: Lisa Powell

When will the winners be notified? Only the top three prize winners will be notified in advance. Winners will be notified no later than Dec. 12. Our favorite recipes will appear online. Our top three winning recipes will appear in the Dayton Daily News print edition on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Who should I contact with questions? Barbara Kedziora at

Happy baking!

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