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With a new recipe she had taken from the internet, Joi Ball won first place in Mathews Memorial Library’s annual cookie contest. “I had never made Bourbon Balls before but thought it should be a good cookie. I had not made cookies for a long time,” Joi said.

The Bourbon Balls were among 14 cookie entries and the recipe was selected as the winner by public vote. People attending tasted and re-tasted, and then placed their votes in a box. Besides the culinary treat of tasting all the cookies, each guest was presented a gift cookie box. “Please fill your box with cookies and enjoy,” announced contest chairman Bette Dillehay, Library director.

Americans make, bake, eat and enjoy cookies year around. They consume more than two billion cookies a year, about 300 cookies for each person. Half of the cookies baked in 95.2 percent of American households are chocolate chip. In an average lifetime, an American will have consumed 35,000 cookies.

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