Reynolds Kitchens, maker of Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper with SmartGrid, is looking to give one lucky cookie enthusiast the opportunity this holiday season to get paid to bake (and eat) cookies. This opportunity will pay one baker $5,000 to be the Reynolds Kitchens Cookie Connoisseur, who will be tapped to create five unique recipes, one of which will be featured on the brand’s 21 day Cookie Countdown to 2021.

From now through December 8, interested applicants can submit an original cookie recipe that uses an unexpected or wacky ingredient to Each submission must include:

  • Age and city, state, and zip code (Must be 18+ and live in the US)
  • Photo of the cookie
  • The cookie recipe with bulleted list of ingredients
  • Explanation of why you deserve the job in 250 words or less

Candidates will be evaluated based on the creativity, originality and uniqueness of the recipe. The candidate’s winning recipe will be included in Reynolds Kitchens virtual Cookie Countdown to 2021 on Facebook and on its website, where the brand is sharing the most unforgettable recipes. Once selected, the Cookie Connoisseur will create four more cookie recipes that show their expertise as a cookie expert.

For applicants that are not hired, Reynolds Kitchens will send complimentary cookie kits to 100 people at random.

“The holidays may be filled with some uncertainty this year, but baking cookies always brings joy,” says Lisa Smith, senior vice president of marketing, Reynolds Brands. “We’re looking for a fun-loving baker to help us end this challenging year on a sweet note with a creative cookie countdown.”