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Enter the Holiday Cookie Contest!

We're thrilled to have your participation in the HeART Gallery Holiday Cookie Contest, sponsored by King Arthur Flour!  There is a two-step application process. The first must be completed by OCT 8, and is a simple email to

Include your


Cell phone

Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas cookie entry

Adult division (Oct 19) or Student division (Oct 21)

Name of cookie

Short story about your holiday cookie

Recipe (must include King Arthur Flour and be baked)


PART II - where the fun begins!

You are asked to bake two dozen cookies from your submitted recipe and deliver them to HeART Gallery on Wednesday, Oct 18 in your preferred storage container. They will be plated for the Contest Cookie Table which will also include the story submitted about your baked good. The Contest Table will be arranged by holiday: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.  One dozen will be on display Oct 19 and one dozen on Oct 21.  We will make every effort to keep your baked goods as fresh as possible, based on storage needs and provided container (refrigeration, etc).

Judges will sample Adult Division cookies on Thursday, Oct 19 during the Lunch & Learn event at noon.  The Student Division judging will take place on Saturday, Oct 21 during Lunch & Learn at noon.  Winners will be announced after the lunch and speaker have concluded.

BOTH the adult and student entries will be displayed on Oct 19 and 21, although judging takes place on different days. 


1st place $250 cash, $75 gift card from King Arthur

2nd place $150 cash, $50 gift card from King Arthur

3rd place  $100 cash, $25 gift card from King Arthur

plus a gift basket from our local sponsors & ribbon


1st place $100 cash, $40 gift card from King Arthur

2nd place $50 cash, $25 gift card from King Arthur

plus King Arthur tote bags & ribbon

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About Lunch & Learn

HeART Gallery Lunch & Learn takes place on the third Thursday each month with an art exhibit, themed lunch menu and speaker. Monthly presentations cover a variety of topics of interest. HeART Gallery is a ministry of St Paul's Lutheran Church where we can reflect God's grace by sharing time and fellowship with one another.

Lunch is by donation, with a suggestion of $20-$30pp. HeART Gallery is located in St Pauls Lutheran Church,  428 North Erie Street, Toledo. Free parking is available in the KWIK LOT adjacent to the building, which is handicap accessible.

Oct 19 and Oct 21 Lunch & Learn

We are pleased to announce a holiday baking competition in partnership with King Arthur Flour. The competition will take place in October, in celebration of National Cookie Month, and in preparation for the upcoming holiday baking season.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cookies are all eligible for the contest. 

"We want to use this competition as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on excellent home-bakers in the Greater Toledo area, " said Kate Philabaum, Director HeART Gallery. "We hope this will include favorite family recipes as well as ethnic cookies that our community is known for.  Each cookie will be accompanied by its story of inspiration or family tradition, and we look forward to learning about each other through our holiday baking traditions."


Cookies will be plated by HeART Gallery on themed contest tables: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. One dozen will be plated for Oct 19 and one dozen for Oct 21.  Even though cookies will be plated both days,  judging for adult entries will take place on Oct 19. Judging for student entries will take place on Oct 21.


We have a fantastic panel of judges with diverse culinary backgrounds and contest baking experience.  Judges will talk about their unique experiences after lunch and then announce their prize-winning favorite cookies.  Adult entries will be judged Thursday, Oct 19 and student entries will be judged Saturday, Oct. 21.


Thursday, October 19. TBD


Saturday October 21

Melissa Jollands, from Hudsonville, MI was the winner of the 2022 Pillsbury Bake Off Contest. Her passion is baking of all kinds and she will share her story of the contest, its preparation and participation.  Melissa will also demonstrate her prize-winning recipe.


Caroline Crispino, from Chicago, ILL, was the winner of the 2022 Chicago Tribune Christmas Cookie Contest.  Her winning recipe, Chocolate Salted-Caramel Surprise cookie  is a chocolate cookie dough with a Rolo inside, topped with flaky salt. She will do a live demo with the winning recipe, which will be available for all Lunch & Learn guests.  



Reservations to attend the Lunch & Learn OR to enter the Holiday Cookie Contest should be made to Lunch is by donation with $20-$30 suggested. 

Halloween                          Thanksgiving                        Christmas

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