When we announced the fifth annual VegNews Holiday Cookie Contest, we couldn’t wait to see what our readers would whip up. After receiving an overwhelming number of mouthwatering cookie entries, we had the tough task of narrowing the entries to just five finalists. And after a rigorous day of cookie judging (and sugar comas), we give you the esteemed winners. Congratulations to all, and happy baking!
First Place
Chocolate Peppermint Buttons
By Anna Jurik

Second Place
Soft-Baked Citrus Cranberry Cookies with Lemon Drizzle
By Karin Kreutzer

Third Place
Maple Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Filling
By Molly Jean Elwell