I'm thrilled, and really rather shocked, to announce that my humble Hungarian Horns have won 5 second rule's Virtual Cookie swap! I just received the news this afternoon and, if I'm being honest, I must admit that I'm ridiculously excited about it! I was out and about for the better part of the day - but hopped on to Cheryl's blog as soon as I got home to find out the results. I couldn't be happier - I called Mama Diva to share my joy the minute I read the news. Whee!
The prize? A box of Meyer Lemons from Cheryl's tree and a package of her adorable 5 second rule note cards. I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on those delicious lemons and I know I'll put the note cards to good use as well. Thank you so much, Cheryl, you've made my day ... really, my week ... ok, my month!
The other cookie finalists were as follows:
Pistachio, Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Biscotti
Lemon Sunshine Cookies
Orange-Sables Ginger Cookies
... and really you couldn't go wrong with any one of those recipes. They all look spectacular and I'm excited about trying them as soon as time will allow. I was so pleased to even be included in the contest that, for me, winning wasn't really the point. I was mostly excited about adding a bunch of new recipes to my cookie repertoire. If you're looking for last minute ideas for your own cookie tray, do take a look. Cheryl's photography is truly remarkable and I know you'll enjoy her posts as much as I do.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank those of you who voted for my Horns in the early stages of the contest. I couldn't have done it without you! I'd like to dedicate this victory to my dear Grandma Pam and the amazing Mama Diva. My love of baking comes from you both and I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to share this treasured family recipe with others.
And with that, I'm donning my apron and heading back into the kitchen. Its time to begin the long process of making my favorite cookie of all: butter cookie cut-outs. The mixer awaits!