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Christmas on Las Olas Cookie Battle Is Tonight

The 49th-annual Christmas on Las Olas is tonight! Time to take a break from the mall frenzy (don't worry -- Target will have the same plastic crap tomorrow) and bundle up the family and friends. 

Bundle up? In south Florida! Yup! Because tonight's forecast calls for snow! And cookies!

Tonight, Las Olas Boulevard will be filled with ice skating, snow, carolers, and Christmas cookies.

The inaugural Christmas Cookie Battle will feature three of Fort Lauderdale's best cookie bakers in a heated battle of gingerbread, chocolate, and butter. The cookies will be judged by a panel of experts... and you!

For a $2 donation to the American Lung Association, you'll be able to sample the competing cookies and vote for your favorite from these participating bakeries:

Tea for Two Cookie Co.

for Two Cookie Co. is an online artisan bakery located in Fort

Lauderdale. Founded by supermom Kim Neale in April of 2010, Tea for

Two was inspired by the love of family, food, and a genuine

fascination with human connections. Like many who love to cook and bake

for others, the kitchen is the setting for the most memorable family

gatherings. The plaque hanging in her kitchen reads "The kitchen is the

heart of the home."

Cindy Made Them

mother of three little ones, Cindy started baking cookies for friends

and family. When her family became adoring fans of her baking skills,

she decided to turn her hobby into an online business. Cindy Made Them

specializes in adorable cookies in the shapes of bees, hearts,

footballs, and (of course), gingerbread men and trees.

East End Eats

on Las Olas Boulevard, East End Eats is a small breakfast and lunch

place that packs big taste into its menu. Baker Dominique Beckers

comes to this café from We Take the Cake, making Key lime tarts,

empanadas, muffins, and other treats and turning this café into a sweet place for


Christmas on Las Olas runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Las Olas Boulevard from SE Sixth Avenue to SE 11th Avenue. Admission is free.

George Strait loves Christmas cookies (and we love George Strait):

But this screeching bimbo hates christmas cookies (isn't hate a strong word for a cookie?):

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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