Whoopi Goldberg selects Wonderland Bakery’s gingerbread cookie contest winner.

The morning talk-show co-host of The View taste-tested more than 40 cookies and narrowed it to her top four featured on the show. Goldberg selected Wonderland’s cookie as the winner based on look, flavor and texture. 

The View contacted Wonderland Bakery to help in Goldberg’s search of America’s best gingerbread cookie. The endorsement caused more than 5,000 hits within 30 minutes on the bakery’s web site.

“We are thrilled that we were chosen as Whoopi’s favorite cookie,” said Ames. “She has already placed orders for herself and holiday gifts.” Goldberg’s order included gingerbread men, sugar cookies, brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

Wonderland Bakery is also set to provide cookies for the President-elect Obama’s Inauguration dinner in January. “We are delighted to share a taste of the West Coast with the rest of America,” said Ames.

Wonderland Bakery, founded in 2005 and located in The Bluffs shopping center in Newport Beach, is the creation of Sondra and Allyson Ames, who serve as Chief Visionary and Executive Chef.

The bakery also was selected by California State Senator Tom Harman (R-Newport Beach) to receive the 2008 California Small Business Association Award for the 35th District. “The Wonderland Bakery story is a homegrown story that can be an inspiration to all who have dreams to follow. We have watched Sondra and Allyson Ames of Wonderland as they grew their vision through hard work, community contributions and creativity,” said Sen. Harman.

Wonderland Bakery is an enchanting bakery that specializes in cupcakes, cookies, cakes, artistic desserts and whimsical gifts. In only two years, it has become Orange County’s “premier bakery for edible art” and destination of choice for a growing list of celebrities and locals. Named the official “Sweet Ambassador” of Newport Beach in 2006, Wonderland Bakery creates custom-baked goodies for any social celebration or business occasion, including logo cookies and tins for personalized corporate gifts.

Wonderland Bakery offers local delivery and nationwide shipping as well as a gift concierge service, special event planning, a corporate giving program and private parties for children to design their own cupcakes and cookies. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-WB-Cookie or visit