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Roll out your best cookie: You might just win $100

November 06, 2012
  • This lemon lavender sandwich cookie by Carolyn Etzler was the winner of The Herald-Mail's annual Cookie Exchange Contest in 2011. One judge said the cookie was full of good, old-fashioned ingredients, but with a twist of lavender. Judging for this year's contest will be Monday, Dec. 3.
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Lavender-lemon. Pistachio-orange. Pumpkin-white chocolate. Walnut-dark chocolate. Orange-cranberry-almond-white chocolate.

Random notes from a classy baking cookbook? No. These are the flavor profiles of a few recent recipes that found favor in The Herald-Mail's annual Cookie Exchange contest.

The 20th Cookie Exchange contest will be held Monday, Dec. 3.

Tri-State residents are asked to share their best cookie recipes for a chance to win $100.

Cookies are judged on taste, appearance, overall quality and originality — meaning original recipes. If submitting a recipe that was previously published, it must be significantly adapted by the person entering our contest.

 Contest entries will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at The Herald-Mail, 100 Summit Ave., in downtown Hagerstown. Each entry must include a dozen cookies and a copy of the cookie recipe on a 3-inch-by-5-inch index card. If handwritten, make sure writing is clear and legible. Also on the card, or on a separate card, specify the source of the recipe and include name, hometown, and daytime and evening phone numbers of the baker. In particular, tell us the phone number at which the baker can be reached during the day on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Bakers may submit up to two cookie recipes per person. Contestants also must be available on Thursday, Dec. 6, or Friday, Dec. 7, to have their photo taken with a plate of their winning cookies. We suggest saving some extra cookies in case you win.

The grand-prize winner and top five cookie recipes will be published Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Lifestyle section of The Herald-Mail.

For more information, call Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle at 301-791-7136, or email lifestyle@herald-mail.com.

If you want your container returned, please note so on the recipe card and make sure the container is labeled with your name and phone number.

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.



Lemon lavender sandwich cookies

For the cookie:

1/4 cup butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 box lemon cake mix

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon culinary lavender (see cook's note)



For the filling:

1/4 cup butter, softened

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 1/2 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of 1 lemon

1/2 cup chopped pecans



Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add cake mix, flour and lavender to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into 48 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets, flatten slightly. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until set.

Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

For filling, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and lemon zest until smooth. Add chopped pecans. Spread filling on bottom of a cookie, top with another cookie. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Cook's note: Culinary lavender is lavender that is suitable for eating. Etzler gets hers from Willow Pond Farm in Fairfield, Pa. Go to WillowPondHerbs.com.

— Adapted by Carolyn Etzler of Hagerstown



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This lemon lavender sandwich cookie by Carolyn Etzler was the winner of The Herald-Mail's annual Cookie Exchange Contest in 2011. One judge said the cookie was full of "good, old-fashioned ingredients, but with a twist of lavender." Judging for this year's contest will be Monday, Dec. 3.

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