The tally is in, and the taste-testers have spoken.
At today's #StribHQ cookie event, hundreds of cookie lovers cast their votes for their favorites in our 13th-annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest. Their decision? Kit Kat Christmas Bars took the top spot, squeaking out a victory over Cardamom Orange Zest Cookies by two votes.
The Star Tribune handed out 2,500 cookies, all baked by Rush City Bakery, and the crowd was serenaded by a quintet of carol-singing actors from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' production of "Sister Act."
Here's the best news: Cookie-eaters donated generously to Second Harvest Heartland. Cash contributions totaled $340 -- that's enough to cover the cost of 1,258 meals -- along with nearly a quarter-ton of non-perishable food items.
Looking for another taste-testing opportunity? On Saturday (from 1 to 3 p.m.), the Mill City Museum is hosting a meet-and-greet (and sample) event, featuring our five winning bakers.