Holidays in Philly

Ultimate Holiday Cookie Bracket, Round 4: Taste your way through the semifinals

Pick your favorite in person at our Final Four Cookie Tasting!


Welcome to the semifinals in Billy Penn’s Ultimate Holiday Cookie Bracket, and wow, that last round was a nail-biter.  One cookie advanced by a margin of only two votes, and another made it through with a minute surplus of just five.

But! Every vote counts, and so we present our Final Four ballot below. Sarcone’s pine nut-studded pignoli cookies are going up against Famous 4th Street Deli’s giant rugelach, and Sweet Box’s red velvet rounds will do battle with the classic cannoli from Termini Bros.

Go ahead and make your picks below, but also save the date — and some room in your tummy — for our Final Four Cookie Tasting! Yes, we’re thrilled to announce that you’ll get a chance to sample some of the semifinalists in person. Please join us for a free lunchtime tasting this Friday, Dec. 18, at the Rotunda at the Shoppes at Liberty Place. Along with the treats, we’ll be giving away milk and hot chocolate courtesy of Saxbys. The event will run from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, and you’re welcome to stop by anytime, have a sweet snack, and cast your ballot right then and there.

May the best, most delicious holiday cookie win.


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