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Plenty of cookies for Santa Claus…try these

Americans consume more than 2 billion cookies a year or 300 cookies for each person annually. Mathews Memorial Library with its annual cookie contest has added at least 350 more cookies to the 2 billion list.

There were 17 entries in this year’s “Tis the Seasoning,” a holiday cookie exchange. The program is designed to create a bit of magic by baking your favorite cookies and then sharing with friends. Everyone including the contestants goes home with a box of cookies once the judging is concluded.

All 17 entries were delicious but it was Joan Keith who was awarded the top honor for her Orange Almond Cookies.

There are several criteria to consider when judging a cookie contest. The cookie must look good and delectable. It must have a fresh smell like in a bakery. It must taste more than just good. It must not crumble in your hand but in your mouth. Monitor your bites.

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