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UPDATE: We Have a Winner! The Food52 Holiday Cookie Truck (and Some Healthy Competition)

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UPDATE: We have a winner! #TeamMerrill's Soft Chocolate Almond Cherry Cookies stole your hearts, and #TeamAmanda's Chewy Vanilla Spice Cookies with Chocolate Chunks (Vegan, Too!) are being good sports about the whole thing.

Thanks to everyone who came out, ate cookies, and voted, and special thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for making our Cookie Truck dreams come true.

Read on below for the story behind the cookie truck, plus see what happened when it hit the streets of NYC, and find out the strangest answers we got to the question: Do you want a free cookie?

Imagine cookies. Now, imagine if said cookie recipes came from our co-founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. You’re probably thinking something along the lines of, “Yes.” Then imagine if said A&M cookies were delivered in a cookie truck. But wait, it’s no dream!


The Food52 Holiday Cookie Truck, presented by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, will be driving around New York City from December 7 to 13, distributing cookies and good cheer, but—naturally—only after a little healthy competition.

Competition, you ask? Well, this isn’t the first instance of a friendly cookie war between A&M (see below for proof!). But this time, they need your help developing recipes! The only requirement is the cookies use vanilla in some form, as all great cookies do. They'll take your suggestions to heart, and then you'll be able to vote for your favorite cookie—Amanda's or Merrill's—from the cookie truck. 

And once the recipes are up, be sure to make them, too! Instagram what you bake, tagging your photos with #F52CookieTruck (plus #teamamanda or #teammerrill) to pledge your cookie allegiance. So here are their requests: 

From Amanda:

Hey, everyone—my record against Merrill is shaky and I'd love your help creating a cookie that will leave hers in the dust graciously defeat hers. I'm looking for something that's chewy in the center with a crisp perimeter, a little salty and not too sweet, and the flavors I have in mind are chocolate and ginger. Any ideas and tips welcome....go! (And thanks from the bottom of my cookie jar.)

From Merrill:

Our last cookie showdown may have ended in a draw, but this time things are going to get real. And I need every bit of help I can get, because if there's anything Amanda knows cold it's baked goods.

I'm looking for a cookie with a good balance of salty and sweet and a crumbly/sandy texture (not chewy). It could involve chocolate, maybe nuts or oats, perhaps some fruit or jam. No meringues or sugar cookies—I’m going for something with a little more oomph!

Add your cookie suggestions to the comments below, or Instagram them, tagging your ‘grams with #f52CookieTruck (plus, of course, #teamamanda or #teammerrill).  

And, finally, here’s that vintage (a.k.a. 2009) cookie video:

Best Chocolate Cookie Recipe from Food52 on Vimeo.

Photos by James Ransom, Bobbi Lin, and Mark Weinberg 

We'll be tooling around New York City from December 7 to 13 in The Food52 Holiday Cookie Truck, thanks to Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

Tags: Vanilla, Dessert, Holiday, Bake, Food52 Life, New York City