'Tis the season to be baking and creating tasty treats. We asked you to send in your best cookie recipes and now it's time to put them to a public vote.

Try out each of the recipes, then vote for your favorite. Be sure to get your vote in before midnight on January 1st, because we'll be announcing the winner at noon on January 2nd! Choose carefully, because the baker who submitted the winning recipe will win $500!

*One vote per household.

  • Sugar Cookies

    Submitted by Amber Radke

    Sugar Cookies

    1 C. Unsalted Butter soft

    1 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar

    1 Egg

    1/2 tsp. Almond Extract

    1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

    2 1/3 C. Flour

    1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

    Frosting

    4 C. Powdered Sugar

    3 Tbsp. Meringue Powder

    6 Tbsp. Water

    Blend butter and powdered sugar until creamy. Add egg, almond extract and vanilla extract and blend until combined. Add flour, and baking soda and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, roll out dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick and using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes depending on size and thickness of cookie. Cool completely before frosting.

    To make frosting, mix all ingredients together. Thin using small amounts of water until you reach desired consistency. Let frosting dry on cookie for 24 hours. Enjoy!

    Amber Radke
  • Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

    Submitted by Connie Smith

    2 Cups granulated Sugar

    1 Cup Sour Cream

    3 Eggs

    1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine, softened

    1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening

    5 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

    2 tsp. Baking Powder

    2 tsp. Baking Soda

    2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

    1/4 tsp. Salt

    In large mixing bowl combine sugar, sour cream, eggs, butter & shortening. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light & fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla & salt. Beat at low speed until soft dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 1-2 hours or until firm.

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using powdered sugar sprinkle surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness.Cut into desired shapes. Place shapes 2 inches apart on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 7 minutes. Let cool completely. Frost with Butter Cream & Cream Cheese frosting. Decorate as desired.

    Butter Cream & Cream Cheese Frosting

    1 Cube of Margarine

    1/2 package Cream Cheese, softened

    1 tsp. Milk

    2-4 Cups Powdered Sugar

    Blend with mixer. Add more powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency.

  • Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookies

    Submitted by Darcy Armstrong

    Mix together 1 1/2 cups butter, 2 cups of sugar and 1 tbsp. of Cream of Tartar ~ add to mixture 4 eggs and 2 tsp. mint extract. Blend together 4 1/2 to 5 cups of flour,1 cup of cocoa,1 tbsp. of baking powder, and 2 tsp. salt. Gradually add flour mixture to remaining ingredients. When mixed together, form into two discs and refrigerate for two hours. Roll out on floured surface (I like to add cocoa to the flour when rolling out dough) ~ Cut into desired shapes and place on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 9 minutes. Let cool before frosting/icing and frost/ice with your favorite topping! Enjoy!!