AM1240 Cookie Contest

The Holidays are full of traditions and if your family is anything like ours that means baking cookies. To honor this tradition, Brenda is hosting the 4th annual AM1240 Christmas Cookie Contest. This means listeners have a chance to submit their best cookie recipe. AM1240 listeners can submit their recipe with a photo of the final product one of three ways:

The Grand Prize winner will receive four (4) tickets to the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and the Cheery Snowman Trio pictured below! Don’t worry, our 2nd and 3rd place finalists will receive a little holiday cheer prize pack too.

Check out this year’s winners!

1st Place

Jim Stafford-Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-3/4 cup sugar divided
-2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and levelled, not scooped)
-1 cup butter, cubed (and cold)
-1 tsp. Almond extract
-Zest of 1 orange
-1 to 2 tbsp of fresh orange juice (Optional)
-Additional sugar to coat cookies before baking if desired

Directions:
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
-Combine cranberries and ¼ cup sugar in a food processor and process until cranberries are broken
down into smaller pieces. Set aside
-Combine flour and remaining sugar in a large bowl
-Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter. You want very fine crumbs
-Stir in extract, cranberries and sugar mixture, orange zest and orange juice (optional).
-Use your hands to knead dough until it comes together and forms a ball. Work the dough until it comes
together
-Shape dough into a log about two inches in a diameter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for two
hours or up to 72 hours.
-Preheat over to 325 degrees. Cut slices of cookie dough about ¼ inch thick.
-Place about a half a cup of sugar in a bowl and coat the cookie slices with sugar.
-Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or just until cookies are set.
-Let cookies cool for several minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.

2nd Place

Lucas Plumadore-7 Layer Bars

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
-14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
-1 package chocolate chips
-1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
-1 cup chopped nuts
-6 ounces butterscotch chips

Directions:
-Melt butter in 13 X 9 pan in oven while it preheats. Sprinkle crumbs over melted butter in pan, gently
pat down.
-Top with chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut and nuts. Pour milk over all.
-Press Down and bake 25-30 minutes.

3rd Place

Christian Plumadore-Chocolate Philly Fudge

Ingredients:
-4 cups sifted powder sugar
-1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
-4 one ounce squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted
-1 teaspoon of vanilla
-Dash of salt
-1/2 cup chopped nuts if desired

Directions:
-Gradually add sugar to cream cheese, mixing well after each addition.
-Melt chocolate. Add remaining ingredients; mix well
-Spread into greased 8- inch square pan. Chill several hours; cut into squares.