Every year we have a Christmas Cookie Bake-off. I believe this is the 8th or 9th annual, I will have to look it up. Here is the video footage from the 2010 bake-off. Beware, the footage is shaky, babies are wailing, I have a heavy bang and Leigh has baby Freya in her arms. Imagine, Leigh has no idea the trouble ahead of her.
I’m not sure what started the bake-off, but it instantly became a Christmas tradition. It has been a few years since we have made actually cookies; I think after year two we abandoned the cookie and began working with “secret ingredients”.
In case you were wondering, I’m a two-time champ. Leigh has won once, which was highly contested. We actually compete as couples, so I should say Wizz and I have won twice. The photo above is from last year when we won for our Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows. The first time I won, I’m sorry, we won, was the year we used mascarpone cheese. We made a Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake – it was unreal.
At Thanksgiving each couple selects an ingredient for consideration. The four ingredients are put into a hat and Dubsy picks one out. It is then up to each couple to select a recipe that highlights the secret ingredient. It must be a recipe we have never baked before. We are judged based on presentation, use of ingredient, taste and originality. The secret ingredient has included mascarpone cheese, marshmallow, dulce de leche, and cream cheese; this year the secret ingredient is shortbread.
The bake-off is a bit early this year, we usually wait until right before Christmas. I’m not overly confident this year. Regardless of the results, it is always entertaining to watch everyone go at it in the kitchen.