Centreville Cookie Contest draws flavorful entries
CENTREVILLE — At high noon Saturday, Oct. 29, three cookie judges determined the winners of The Great Centreville Cookie Contest. Five finalists appeared with cookies in hand, milk was provided, and the judges, under high pressure, began tasting the incredible cookies before them.
One judge commented, “This is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.”
After about 15 minutes of tasting and sipping milk, the placings were determined. Centreville had a new cookie baking champion!
This contest is open to all amateur bakers who are Centreville residents, or who work at a Centreville business or attend a Centreville school. The cookies must be made with ingredients that can be left at room temperature. An amateur baker is defined as someone who is self-taught, has never received professional training.
All entries were judged on: Taste (50 percent), Appearance (25 percent), Best representation of Centreville (a written statement, 10 percent) and Originality of recipe (15 percent).
There were nine entires in this year’s contest, and preliminar y judging took place on Thursday. The list of finalists was narrowed down to five: Nancy Weibell with her Candy Corn Snickerdoodle cookies, Debbie Raspe with her Dee’s Fudge Cookies, Kelsey Merkel with Maple Glazed Waffle Cake Cookies, Mary Condon with Hershey’s Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies and Ann DeVilbiss with Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chips Cookies.
Interesting representation of Centreville written statements were part of the judging. Weibell wrote, “The Candy Corn Snickerdoodle is just like Centreville; a cute classic surrounded by corn!”
Debbie Raspe’s statement read, “This cookie recipe as been in our family for over 100 years. It’s always a favorite and just like the Town of Centreville — it just gets better with time!”
From a judge’s view, all the finalist cookies were great. All were worthy of being finalists, however, the top three places were remarkable in flavor.
With the Raspe cookie, the chocolate fudge portion overwhelmed the senses. Weibell’s cookie was a great blend of what a traditional fresh baked sugar cookie should taste like, and Merkel’s waffle cookie took the cake (pun intended). It was a unique creation for a cookie, a simple waffle portion with special flavoring of maple added. The winner was determined there.
After tasting each, and some deliberation between the judges on the high points of the cookies, scoring was provided and the placings rendered.
Merkel received first place and $100 cash; Weibell second and $50; and Raspe, third and $25. Fourth and fifth place finishers received honorable mention cookie medals.
Centreville residents are urged to pull out some of those longhidden family cookie recipes and share them for next year’s contest.
Editor’s Note: Reporter Doug Bishop, author of this article, was one of the cookie contest judges.
The Centreville Day Cookie Contest winners, from the left, Kelsey Merkel, who took first place with Maple Glazed Waffle Cake Cookies, Nancy Weibell, who took second with Candy Corn Snickerdoodle Cookies, Debbie Raspe, who finished third with Dee’s Fudge Cookies, and, wearing their honorable mention medals, fourth place Mary Condon (Hershey’s Special Dark Triple Chocolate Pudding Cookies) and Ann DeVilbiss (Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies).
To sweeten the cookie contest, members of Harmony on the Bay Sweet Adelines singing group, from the left, Gale Guinand, Claudia Horney, Joanne Groom and Nancy Lorsong sang classical songs. The foursome called themselves “Hot Pink,” and they performed to roaring applause before and after the cookie contest.
Cookie judges, from the left, Camp Pecometh Chef Chris Shultz, Shore United Bank Assistant Branch Manager Celynda Frank, and Record Observer/ Bay Times Reporter Doug “Cookie Monster” Bishop.
What happens to your teeth when you eat too many cookies? Sisters, Isabella, 8, left, and Siena Passaro, 6, sample Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies made by Ann DeVilbiss after the cookie contest. A face painter provided the girls with their new and festive Halloween decorative teeth.
Maple Glazed Waffle Cake Cookies by Kelsey Merkel received first place.