Sweet stuffed! Gorge on baked goods at cookie competition

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Time to get into the kitchen!

Brooklynites can go on a Santa-style cookie binge on Dec. 13, when an amateur baking competition hits the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus. The event’s organizer guarantees that the spread will satisfy any sweet tooth.

“You’re going to see some interesting cookies, some weird cookies, some yummy cookies, and maybe even some s----- cookies,” said Matt Timms, the mastermind behind this weekend’s Cookie Takedown competition.

The Bushwick resident started organizing the Takedown food frenzies 15 years ago, and has been pitting kitchen warriors against each other ever since.

Thirty dough punchers will bake mass batches of their most original cookies in hopes of securing the Takedown title, and the prize of kitchen appliances to help their next baking endeavor.

But the guests will be the real winners of the cookie extravaganza. A $20 dollar ticket buys attendees all of the delectable discs they can stomach. Their only responsibility will be voting for their favorite at the event’s conclusion.

Winning recipes in previous years have included toffee peanut butter cup, a Sriracha cookie, and one very special sea-salt, bitter orange, and lavender creation, according to Timms.

The cookie commander said that even though the event takes place during the holiday season, bakers are discouraged from baking bland butter biscuits and throwing some red and green sprinkles on top.

“Holiday cookies basically suck,” he said.

Instead, he hopes attendees will embrace the holiday spirit in a different way — by devouring all the sweets they can swallow.

“The holidays are about gorging and eat cookies,” said Timms. “There’s no other time of year I would want to do it.”

Cookie Takedown at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club [514 Union St. between Third Avenue and Nevins Street in Gowanus, (347) 223–4410,]. Dec. 13, noon–2 pm. $20.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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