New Holland Announces Winner of Inaugural Great New Holland Christmas Cookie Contest!

Cookie recipes from throughout North America came pouring in for the first annual Great New Holland Christmas Cookie Contest. Some were old family favorites, passed down through generations. Others provided a new twist on some holiday flavors. All of them were delicious!

Our Food Editor narrowed down the 147 entries to 10, based on originality, flavor and appearance, and brought samples for our team of cookie connoisseurs (the New Holland Brand Communications team) to judge. It was a tough decision, but after the cookies were sampled and resampled, the grand prize winner emerged. Congratulations to Kathy Albsmeyer of Payson, Illinois, whose Orange Drop Cookies earned her bragging rights, a holiday cookbook and a $250 gift card.

Thanks to all the bakers who shared their favorite recipes with us. Be sure to check out the top five cookie recipes at newholland.com. We hope you’ll find one or more cookies that will become a family favorite. Happy baking!

Grand Prize-Winning Recipe

Orange Drop Cookies
Kathy Albsmeyer, Payson, Illinois

1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. grated orange rind
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter
3 Tbsp. hot orange juice
¼ tsp. grated orange rind

Cream sugar and butter; add eggs and beat. Add dry ingredients alternating with buttermilk. Add vanilla and orange rind. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Mix frosting ingredients and frost cooled cookies.

Food Editor note: If you’re an orange lover, add some additional grated orange rind to the cookies and icing for more orange flavor.


Power Bites
Lois Lendt, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

1/3 cup honey (or more to taste)
½ cup peanut butter (or more to taste)
3 cups oatmeal or granola
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup small M&M candies or chocolate chips

Mix all together. Roll into 1” balls & refrigerate. Put in container. Can also add dried cranberries or butter brickle chips or whatever you like. Keeps a long time in the refrigerator.

Fanny’s Good Cookies
Ethel Burkholder, Himrod, New York

4 eggs
4 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter (room temp.)
1 cup nuts
1 cup coconut
1 cup raisins
1 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp cream
1 cup dates
1 tsp salt
6 cups flour

Grind nuts, dates, raisins and coconuts and set aside. Cream together the sugar, eggs, and butter. Dissolve soda in cream. Add to sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients and raisins/nut etc. mixture. Chill, form into rolls then chill again. Slice into uniform slices so they bake evenly. Bake at 350 °F. These are a chewy cookie.

Family Christmas Cookie
Anna Robinson, Stacyville, Maine

Cream ½ cup shortening and 1/2 cup butter and 2 cups sugar
Add 2 beaten eggs and 1 cup molasses with 4 tsp soda beaten together
- 4 Tbsp cooled coffee
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Add 5-6 cups flour to handle.
Cool, roll out to 1/4-3/8” thick cut shapes. Place on greased cookie sheet, add sprinkles as desired.
Bake 6-8 minutes at 350° F degrees.

Red Velvet White Chocolate Cookies
Sharon Zegers, St. Thomas, Ontario

1 box of Red Velvet cake mix (any brand)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp water
2 eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F. Blend cake mix, oil, water and eggs then stir in chips. Spoon out on greased cookie sheet and bake 12-14 minutes. Cool and enjoy.


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