‘Tis the season! The wonderful, chilly, and in some places, snowy white, season we call winter. If your family is anything like mine, cookies are coming. My grandmother always had a tin of cookies waiting for us grandchildren when we arrived. We each had our favorites, spritz style, Russian tea cakes, or chocolate chip. Maybe your family has favorites too such as linzer cookies, rosettes, krumkakke, or spice cookies by many a name.
To celebrate the season of cookies, library staff decided to have a friendly (and delicious) cookie competition. Cookies were required to arrive within the time frame of the competition and be stored in an airtight container. Each staff member was allowed to vote once per day for the duration of the contest. Staff members could try as many of each cookie as they liked (scarcity encouraged people to try cookies faster, and vote). At the end of the competition, the votes were tallied and the winner received the coveted “Cookie Master” trophy along with a little gift.
These are recipes similar to the recipes used to create this year’s delicious entries:
Each cookie had a unique flavor and texture. They were all quite tasty. The Mint Chocolate Chip had a classic chocolate flavor with a cooling hint of mint throughout it. The Molasses was soft and chewy with mild undertones of ginger and and a great molasses flavor. The Cranberry White Chocolate was soft and chewy with big chunks of cranberry and white chocolate throughout giving you a bit of both in each bite. The Moravian Spice was thin and crisp with hits of ginger, cloves, and pepper in each bite and the Raspberry Rugelach was like having your own mini croissant filled with just the right amount of raspberry filling. Not too sweet, and just a few bites of buttery goodness.
As the time flew by, the cookies disappeared and the voting box filled up. At the end of the contest the votes were counted and the outcome was close. The winning cookie was determined by a single vote. The library staff had spoken and the winner was library dean, Chris Schafer’s Cranberry White Chocolate cookies. Coming in a close second were Saint Paul Public Library’s, Savitri Santhiran’s Raspberry Rugelach. The winner received the “Cookie Master” trophy to display in their office for the next year and the runner up received the “Cookie Apprentice” medal to hang in theirs.
Until next year, may you have all the cookies your heart desires.
This weeks blog was written by Mallory Kroschel, an information commons specialist at Metropolitan State Library.