Contests: Recipe

We are no longer accepting entries for this contest as of June 10, 2019. Please visit our Contests Page for something more current.

Attention, cooks: We’d like to share your best original holiday recipe with more than 3.5 million Texas Co-op Power readers and give you the chance to win a cash prize and the acclaim of your friends and family, as well as a bright red Texas Co-op Power apron.

Send us your best ORIGINAL recipes to fit in the savory dish or sweet dish category. Original recipes are those that you develop yourself, not something copied from a book, magazine or friend. Winning recipes will highlight creative and imaginative ways to prepare savory vegetables, meats and salads, or sweet confections such as cookies, cakes, pies and candies that add your personal touch to festive holiday gatherings.

In addition to our $1,000 grand prize, we also award two prizes of $500 each for the recipes deemed best in the savory dish and sweet dish categories, plus two prizes of $250 each for honorable mention recipes chosen from either category.

We’re excited to see this year’s delicious recipes, so pick your favorites and enter the contest today for your chance to win!

IMPORTANT: When entering the contest, please indicate sweet dish or savory dish in the Notes section of the entry form. Deadline for receipt of entries is June 10, 2019. Winners will be announced in our November 2019 issue.

14 Years of Holiday Recipe Contest Winners

2018: Sherry Zawadzki

Heart of Texas EC

Sherry’s Shrimp Clemenceau


2017: Rebekah Stewart

San Bernard EC

Warm Gingerbread With Lemon Basil Sauce


2016: Karen Bergman

Trinity Valley EC

Stuffed Chicken With Mushroom Pan Jus


2015: Jamie Parchman

Magic Valley EC

Pecan Pie Cake With Cinnamon Whipped Cream Frosting


2014: Griffin Clarke

Heart of Texas EC

Ultimate Chocolate Pecan Pie


2013: Peggy Dickerson

Farmers EC 

Pecan-Studded Crowns of Shrimp Atop Royal Spring Greens


2012: Rita Lutz

Pedernales EC

Texas Pecan Butterscotch Cake


2011: Linda Morten

Bluebonnet EC

Pecan-Cranberry Bread Pudding With Lemon Hard Sauce


2010: Sharon Fabianke

Heart of Texas EC

Better Than a Fruitcake Cheese Ball


2009: Myrna Toote

Grayson-Collin EC

Peanut ‘Meat’ Balls


2008: Donna Deteau

Bluebonnet EC

Kickin’ Christmas Confetti


2007: Susan Riley

Grayson-Collin EC

Holiday Hazelnut Raspberry Chocolate Linzertorte


2006: Jo Ann Kugle

Pedernales EC

Upside-Down Cranberry Puffs


2005: Anna Ginsberg

Pedernales EC

White Chocolate Ribbon Pumpkin Cake With Maple Glaze

Official Rules

Deadline for receipt of entries is June 10, 2019. Winners will be announced in our November 2019 issue.

The contest is open to eligible members of electric cooperatives that subscribe to Texas Co-op Power magazine. Up to three entries are allowed per member, and each should be submitted on Alternatively, the recipes may be submitted on separate pieces of paper via U.S. mail or by fax. The recipe must be legibly printed or typed. Each entry sent by mail or fax MUST include the entrant’s name, address and phone number, plus the name of the entrant’s electric cooperative, or it will be disqualified. The same information must be supplied when an entrant registers on (The address and phone number will be used only to contact you with questions about your entry and to notify winners.) Mailed entries may be submitted in a single envelope. Send entries to: Texas Co-op Power Holiday Recipe Contest, 1122 Colorado St., 24th Floor, Austin, TX 78701, or fax to (512) 763-3401. No emailed entries will be accepted. No purchase is required. We will not send notice of receipt. Incomplete, illegible or late entries will be disqualified.

Each recipe must be submitted under one of the two categories: savory dish or sweet dish. Include a complete list of ingredients with the exact quantities in the order in which they are used. Specific directions must include cookware size (e.g., 10-inch pie dish), cooking time and temperature, and number of servings. Entries will be judged on originality, taste and visual appeal. Texas Co-op Power staff will test selected recipes to determine finalists. Recipes will be tested as submitted, so please check carefully for accuracy.

All recipes become property of Texas Co-op Power and will not be returned. By entering this contest, you grant Texas Co-op Power the right to edit for clarity and publish the recipe, with credit, in Texas Co-op Power publications, products and online services and those of its sponsors.

Entries must be the original recipe of the entrant and not previously published. Previously published recipes (such as those appearing in major cookbooks, in magazines, in newspapers, from food companies, found on the internet and winners in national contests) will be disqualified, unless the recipe entered features changes considered significant by the judges. Decisions regarding qualifications of recipes are at the sole discretion of Texas Co-op Power.

Prizes will be given as follows:

• An overall grand prize of $1,000.

• Two category-winning prizes of $500 each, with one winner in the savory dish category and one in the sweet dish category.

• Two honorable mention prizes of $250 each (may be chosen from either category).

There will be no substitution or transfer of prizes, except at the discretion of Texas Co-op Power. Texas Co-op Power is not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission or for lost, misdirected or delayed mail. Winners might be required to sign a statement of eligibility and release of liability. This statement includes certification that his or her recipe is original and has not been previously published or publicized. Winners younger than 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the statement of eligibility and release of liability.

Contestants are wholly responsible for all costs incurred and any damage, loss or injury sustained during or resulting from participation in the contest. Winners must be legal residents of the United States at the time of judging. By acceptance of a prize, winners consent to the use of their name and/or photograph for publicity purposes without further compensation. Void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local regulations apply. Taxes are the responsibility of winners. Names of winners and winning recipes will be published in the November 2019 issue of Texas Co-op Power.

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