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GREAT AMERICAN COOKIES® TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER BY OFFERING THE CHANCE TO WIN $1,000 IN PRIZES

Santa teams up with his favorite cookie company to sweeten the holiday season with prizes for the funniest holiday photos using #keepsantajolly, along with 10 ways parents can make his nice list this year

ATLANTA - December 15, 2015 - 'Twas the holiday season, when all across the U.S., parents and children alike were busy getting in good deeds - within reason - in time to make Santa's "nice" list. And to give folks a chance to win a treat for their good behavior and a break from holiday season stress, Santa has teamed up with Great American Cookies® - his favorite brand of cookies - to give away $1,000 in gift cards throughout December to parents who submit their funniest family photos with Santa.

To enter the contest, parents can post photos of their not-so-happy campers sitting on Santa's lap using the hashtag #keepsantajolly. Weekly winners will be chosen to receive a $250 Great American Cookies gift card to sweeten up this year's holiday celebrations.

"Great American Cookies knows that the holiday season can be a bit stressful, making it a challenge sometimes for both children and parents to be on their best behavior. For the second year in a row, we've teamed up with Santa to give folks a little encouragement - with cookies, of course," said David Kaiser, vice president, Great American Cookies. "We hope people join us in celebrating the holidays and spreading cheer by sharing their funny Santa photo memories with us for the chance to win something sweet for their holiday gatherings."

While children can make Santa's nice list by cleaning their rooms, doing their homework or being kind to their siblings, Santa is also reminding parents that there are some key tasks they too can complete to ensure they won't receive coal in their own stockings this year, including:

1. Have faith that fruitcake is doing its best.
2. DON'T EMAIL IN ALL CAPS.
3. Tell the truth about Santa. He's real.
4. Be a more patient parent by counting to ten. Thousand.
5. Re-gift cautiously.
6. Give your kids the gift of not singing along to Drake.
7. Stop saying "in-laws" like it's a swear word.
8. Submit a holiday meltdown photo and #keepsantajolly.
9. Don't start arguments under the mistletoe.
10. Restore everyone's faith in the holidays with Great American Cookies' Cookie Cakes.

From holiday-themed Cookie Cakes to dozens of delicious cookies in a variety of flavors, it's no wonder the holidays is one of the biggest times of the year for Great American Cookies. Cookie Cakes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be personalized with an endless combination of designs, colors and unique messages. Customers may place their order online at www.greatamericancookies.com and pick it up at a nearby store location. For ease of shopping, customers may also customize and select a Cookie Cake in the days leading up to holidays, or on the actual holiday. Great American Cookies always makes sure there are enough Cookie Cakes to go around and they can be ready in minutes.

For more information about Great American Cookies and store locations, visit www.greatamericancookies.com, follow Great American Cookies' national Twitter handle, @Gr8AmCookies, or become a fan of the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies.

* Contest entrants may enter once from now until December 23, 2015. No purchase or obligation necessary. Open only to legal residents of The 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 or older as of 12/1/2015. Sweepstakes began 12:01 a.m. EST on 12/1/2015 and will end on 12/23/2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. See official rules for sweepstakes restrictions at http://bit.ly/1TexhBP.

Notes to Editors:

  • Excellent interview and photo opportunity - To request an interview with Great American Cookies representatives, or to obtain photos or graphics, please contact Kristi Betz at kbetz@mghus.com (410) 902-5053.

    About Great American Cookies® www.greatamericancookies.com
    Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip Cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet Cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary Cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in Bahrain, Chile, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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