After blind tasting around eight different types of cookies and arguing amongst themselves for about a half hour, the judges in the Daily Guide's annual cookie contest chose their winners.

The judges were the field staff of the Pulaski County Sewer District, a group of guys who know what a good cookie tastes like. They were very tough judges too, commenting on taste, texture, and presentation as they sampled the cookies.

Crystal Miller's chocolate covered cherry cookies were the majority of the group's favorite without question, followed closely by Zoie Helton's Snickerdoodles and Melody Hubbard's peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

The first place winner, Crystal Miller, will win a $50 gift card, second place winner, Zoie Helton, gets a $30 gift card, and Melody Hubbard gets a $20 gift card. Congratulations to the winners!

 

1st place: Chocolate covered cherry cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 c. unsalted butter at room temperature

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 c. chocolate chips

3/4 c. maraschino cherries, diced into small pieces

 Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together and chill dough for 30 minutes

Drop dough on pan 2 inches a part and bake for 11 - 13 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

2nd place: Snickerdoodles

 Ingredients:

1 c. butter, softened

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 eggs beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tbl. sugar

2 tsp. cinnamon

 Instructions:

Mix butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar together in a large bowl. Add beaten eggs and vanilla.

Combine the flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda in another mixing bowl.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture a little bit at a time until the dough is blended and no flour is left in the bottom of the bowl.

Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon with a fork in a cereal bowl.

Roll the dough into balls and toss them into the cinnamon-sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees on the top rack of the oven for four minutes and then switch to the bottom rack of the oven for another four minutes. Cool them on a wire rack for five minutes and enjoy.

 

3rd place: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Ingredients:

1/2 c. butter (1 stick softened)

1/2 c. peanut butter

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

couple shakes of cinnamon

1 bag chocolate chips

 Instructions:

Place peanut butter and butter in a bowl and mix.

Next add all dry ingredients, mix. Then add the two eggs and vanila, mix well.

Last add the chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.