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Baking connoisseurs provide their best at Christmas cookie contest in Chambersburg

December 19, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Stephanie Koons, left, of Chambersburg, Pa., and her baking buddy Amber Hauger, of Greencastle, Pa., used their culinary talents at the Cookie Contest at the Chambersburg Mall Wednesday to help raise money for the Salvation Army.
Photo by Roxann Miller

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Just the vision of melted chocolate, sugar and vanilla mixed together into chewy Christmas cookies that melt in your mouth can tempt even those with the strongest wills.

Not only are decadent sugary treats a part of the holiday season, but the familiar red kettles and sounds of Salvation Army bell ringers are synonymous with the season.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau sponsored a friendly C is for Cookie Contest at the Chambersburg (Pa.) Mall on Wednesday as part of its Food Fight on 11/30 promotional effort.

All proceeds from the cookie contest will benefit the Salvation Army of Franklin County, which is based in Chambersburg.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Director of Tourism Janet Pollard said the event raised about $230 for the Salvation Army.

Scott Hershberger, public relations contractor for Franklin County Visitors Bureau, said the cookie contest was open to the public.

They were encouraged to bring a batch of their favorite homemade cookies, along with a printed recipe.

“Participants baked their own cookies. This is a chance to bake your family’s favorite cookie for the general public. They are all doing it out of donations. No one is getting paid to participate. All the money is going to the Salvation Army,” Hershberger said.

Eleven types of cookies, including lacy oatmeal and wheat-germ cookies, soooo good coconut bars, orange-slice cookies, oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookies, Dutch apple cookies, fresh fruit shortbreads, Gerri’s clothespin cookies, old fashioned apfel kuchen cookies and dark chocolate espresso truffle cookies, were available for mall-goers to sample.

Those tasting the cookies could vote on their favorite by making a monetary donation.

The winner of the cookie contest was Fran Martin, inn keeper for the Inn at Ragged Edge, with her dark chocolate espresso truffle cookies, Pollard said.

The winner of the contest received only bragging rights, Hershberger said.

“This is really a neat twist on the usual bell ringer,” said Cindy Rumberger of Chambersburg, who voted for a peanut butter confection.

“This is so nice because it really helps out people who need help,” she said.

Stephanie Koons of Chambersburg and her baking buddy Amber Hauger, of  Greencastle, Pa., baked two different kinds of cookies for the contest.

“We like to bake and this is one way we can use our skills to help someone,” Koons said.

The Food Fight on 11/30 initiative began in May as part of an effort to promote Franklin County’s variety of restaurants.

Pollard said the holiday cookie contest is the first time the general public has been invited to both create and taste the items involved.

“We were pleased with the success and we’re definitely going to hold it again next year,” Pollard said.

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