Season’s greetings! We’re celebrating the holidays with a merry cookie-decorating contest, and we want to see your sweet skills! Find out how to enter our Instagram giveaway.


Instagram Giveaway

Your cookies might be featured on our social media or in a newsletter, and one winner will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to the Our State Store. Decorate sugar or gingerbread cookies — or another favorite family cookie recipe! — with colorful icing, candy, sprinkles, or any other edible decorations you wish. Entries will be judged on their creativity and how much they impress our editors. Bonus points for a North Carolina theme! The winner will be announced on this page and on our Instagram on December 30.


Holiday Cookie Recipes From the Our State Staff: Treasured treats from beloved grandmothers, simple-but-delicious recipes that have been passed down for generations, and an almond biscotti that tastes like Italy — these are a few of our favorite holiday treats.

How to Throw a Holiday Cookie Swap: We chatted with a cookie swap pro — yes, really! — to find out her best tips for preparing a festive fête with family and friends this season, what makes cookie exchanges so special, and some of her very favorite recipes.

Our State’s Mix-and-Match Guide to Custom Christmas Cookies: These 18 classic treats are sweet enough for Santa — and all your friends and family.

Aunt Nancy’s Cookies: A writer in Greensboro recalls how a favorite relative arrived each December, bearing shirt boxes brimming with old-school gems.

5 Vintage Cookie Recipes: Cocoa-dusted sugar balls, cream wafers, featherweight butter cookies — these sweet recipes are straight from the land of the TV dinner.