Centreville Cookie Con­test draws fla­vor­ful en­tries

Record Observer - - News - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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