Could your cookies win you $100?

October 31, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

With trick-or-treating scheduled for tonight in many towns, candy is probably on the mind.

Try instead to think c-o-o-k-i-e-s.

The Herald-Mail's 16th annual Cookie Exchange contest is gearing up.

Tri-State-area residents are encouraged to share a batch of their best cookies for a chance to win $100 and bragging rights for a year. (You may keep bragging after that if you so desire.)

Cookies are judged on taste, appearance, overall quality and originality - meaning original recipes. We're not biased against traditional favorites, but originality will carry weight with the judges.

Bakers can make a recipe unique by adding or removing an ingredient, said Tammy Twigg, culinary arts instructor at Washington County Technical High School and a judge at this year's contest.


Try changing the flavor by adding items such as nuts, fruit or icing, Twigg said.

Perry Sanders, owner of Sanders Cookie Jar Bakery in Hagerstown, said people shouldn't be afraid to go off the beaten path when using different ingredients.

"A lot of people are doing wacky flavors," Sanders said. Sanders, also a contest judge, is hoping no one submits a cookie flavored with hot peppers. He tried a chipolte apple pie and didn't like it.

It's a little more difficult to alter the base of a recipe, Twigg said, though applesauce works well as a substitute when cookie recipes call for vegetable oil, and dried fruits add moisture to a cookie, Twigg said.

Contest entries will be accepted Monday, Nov. 12, or Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Herald-Mail. With a dozen cookies, cooks must include a copy of the cookie recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch index card. Also include name, hometown, daytime and evening phone numbers - in particular, the number at which cooks can be reached on the night of Nov. 13 after judges taste the entries and choose a grand-prize winner.

We will accept one cookie recipe per person.

Contestants also must be available on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to have their photo taken with their winning cookies. So save some extra cookies in case you win.

The top 10 cookie recipes will be published Wednesday, Nov. 21, in the Food section of The Herald-Mail.

Bring cookies to The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown. For more information, call Lifestyle Editor Jake Womer at 301-733-5131, ext. 2340, or e-mail

Contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Herald-Mail employees and their relatives are not eligible to win; however, we will happily scarf down their cookies.

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