Ok, so that sounds a little inflated, but my Peppermint Snowball Cookies were First Runner-Up in the SCBWI WWA Annual Cookie Contest! Woohoo! The competition was heated -who could beat out the first-place winner, Whoopie Pies from Chadwick? Most Creative Cookie went to these gorgeous ones hand-illustrated by Lida Enche.
Of course, the best part about last night was getting to hear YA superstars Lisa Schroeder and Liz Gallagher talk about their paths to publication as well as voice lessons from up-and-coming YA breakout Jolie Stekly (I ought to know - I've had the pleasure of reading her YA manuscript, and as for voice, it hits all the high notes!). Check out Jolie's blog soon for a writing exercise based on her talk.
And the second-best thing? Getting to show off my bound TELL ME A SECRET galley!
For those asking for the prize-winning cookie recipe, here it is (modified a little from Northpole.com):
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1.25 cup butter (softened)
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
.5 teaspoon salt
.75 cup finely crushed peppermint candy
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixer bowl, combine the powdered sugar, butter or margarine, peppermint extract, vanilla and egg. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until creamy (2-3 minutes). Reduce speed to low. Add flour, baking powder and salt; Beat, scraping bowl often until well blended (1-2 minutes). By hand, stir in 1/2 cup candy. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls; roll in granulated sugar. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. ENJOY !!