A recent LA Times contest named Sherry Yard of Spago the proud maker of the "Cookie of the Year". The winning cookie was an Austrian- American version of a macaron, with an influence of Lebkuchen (a traditional German gingerbread recipe).
Do not mistake this contest for some food entertainment holiday fluff piece. Competitors were serious, and one even sent in an entry anonymously, with a note that read : "Blind cookie justice for all"! It doesn't get much better than that.
This contest has inspired me...My King Arthur Flour cookbook includes a Lebkuchen recipe I have been eyeing for weeks, so this reminds me that I need to get to the oven and start baking.