This contest is open to ANYONE! $500 Sponsored by Blooming House, Central Bank and Rick Angell Insurance. Deadline is December 7th. Winners will be announced at Blooming House Saturday December 8th.  Rules and entry form can be found here:

Blooming House invites you to join them on Saturday, December 8th to announce the winner of the $500 cookie bake-off. 

RULES: 1)  One entry per contestant. Contestant must personally deliver their cookies to be entered into the contest.

 2)  Entry form must be completed in full and accompanied by a $5 entrance fee along with your plate of cookies. This fee is being collected as a donation for the James 1:27 Project Orphanage, Les Cayes, Haiti, which several local churches support. Thank you for supporting this event. Entry forms may be picked up at the Blooming House - 205 Indian Street - Cherokee or printed out from the website at 

3)  Judges will be selected by the sponsors. Judges will not be allowed to enter the Bake-Off.

 4)  Entries need to be delivered to the Blooming House on Thursday, December 6 between 4pm-7pm or Friday, December 7 between 7:30am-12noon. You do not need to be present for the judging.

 5)  First round of judging will be based on the following criteria:

 • You must arrange 6 cookies on a plate • Presentation- uniform size and appropriate shape, neatness and consistency of appearance and decoration • Creativity-use of embellishments/icing/decorations to create an appetizing holiday treat 

Note: The cookies do not have to be “Christmas” cookies. They do not need to be traditional cut-out, decorated cookies. They can be any kind of cookie, however, in order to pass the elimination round, plan on decorating or embellishing your cookie in some way to make it stand out like a true holiday treat. Appearance and presentation will be crucial in the first round of judging.

 6) Finalist cookies will be judged on the following criteria:

 • Taste and aroma – Smells amazing and tastes delicious!! Can I have another, please! • Texture - Perfect! • Overall appeal as a cookie anyone would be proud to serve at the holidays.

 7) Judging for the finalists will take place Friday afternoon and will be announced at 4 pm.

 8) Judging will take place on Saturday and will be announced at 1 pm.

 9) One $500 prize will be awarded to the winner. 




  • Occurred Saturday, December 8th, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Blooming House 1st Annual Cookie Bake-Off

205 E Indian St.
Cherokee , IA 51012