Tuesday December 03, 2013 | 02:21 PM

Valerie Stone's Christmas Stars, one of the finalists in the MaineToday.com Holiday Cookie Contest. (Courtesy photo)

Six cookie bakers will advance to the finals in MaineToday.com's First-Annual Holiday Cookie Contest.

At an event at Grace Restaurant on Dec. 10, their cookies will be tasted and judged by a panel of professional pastry chefs: Tara Smith of Standard Baking Co., Alysia Zoidis of East End Cupcakes and Ilma Lopez of Piccolo and Blue Rooster Food Co. Prizes, courtesy of King Arthur Flour will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Guests at the event will also choose a People's Choice winner.

The finalists are:

Alexandra Daley-Clark, Lyman — Kransekake Sticks Dipped in Chocolate
Donna Speirs, Kennebunk — Auntie Anna's Sugar Cookies with Orange Frosting
Carol Marshburn, Gorham — Lebkuchen
Karen Watterson, Yarmouth — Maine Macaroon Mountains
Valerie Stone, Falmouth — Christmas Stars
Jessie Grearson, Falmouth — White Christmas Cherry-Pistachio Florentines

For more details and the cookie recipes, see MaineToday.com.

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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