Enter the 2019 Holiday Cookie Contest

Prizes will be awarded for Best Tasting, Best Decorated and Best Overall

Enter the 2019 Holiday Cookie Contest

Break out the butter.

The annual Working@Duke Holiday Cookie Contest returns Dec. 10-11 with a panel of guest judges picking the Best Tasting, Best Decorated and Best Overall cookie. 

The contest is open to all Duke staff and faculty. 

Here’s how to enter: 

  • First, complete the entry form with your recipe by 8 a.m. on Dec. 10.
  • Next, drop off your six holiday cookies between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 or between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Office 01 at Duke's Human Resources Building, 705 Broad St. Parking is free in the visitor area. Truffles, bars, and pastries are not eligible.
  • Include your name, department and phone number with your cookies when you drop them off. 
  • To be eligible for prizes, your entry form with the recipe must be received by 8 a.m. on Dec. 10. Only one entry per person allowed.

Winners will be announced on Working@Duke/Duke Today by 5 p.m. Dec. 12. 

Prizes include a $50 card from Duke Stores for Best Overall and $25 Duke Stores cards for Best Tasting and Best Decorated. Working@Duke will award a "Proud to be Working@Duke" T-shirt to the honorable mention winner.

A downloadable PDF booklet of submitted recipes will be included in the winner story.

Evan Heisman, staff assistant for the Dean of Students Office in Student Affairs, won Best Decorated for his sugar cookies in the shape of Duke University Chapel. Heisman will be a judge in this year’s competition. 

"I had so much fun being part of the cookie contest in the past and can't wait to see how creative people can get this year,” he said. “Holiday cookies are colorful, intricate and full of the goodness of the holiday season that makes this time of year truly special."

Cookie contest judges are:

  • Jason Cunningham, executive chef at the Washington Duke Inn
  • Evan Heisman, staff assistant for the Dean of Students Office in Student Affairs (2018 Best Decorated winner)
  • Michael Royster, store supervisor for Duke University Stores, (shutterbug award for 2019 Duke Time Off photo contest)
  • Robin Woods, project coordinator of facilities and space manager for Duke Eye Center (Working@Duke superfan)

Check out how to make chocolate biscotti with this tutorial from Washington Duke Inn pastry chef Stephanie Rosse:

Questions? Call Jonathan Black at 919-681-9965.