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Pumpkin Date Pinwheels

First Place Cookie - Los Angeles
Pumpkin Date Pinwheels

Fall means it’s time for one of our all-time favorite flavors to take center stage: pumpkin. Be sure to try out these past winning recipes: Pumpkin Pull-Apart Monkey Bread and Pumpkin Cupcakes. Plus DO NOT MISS these Pumpkin Date Pinwheeels. They are…

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Wisconsin SPAM Pierogi

Prize-Worthy & Perfect for Oktoberfest
Wisconsin SPAM Pierogi

Earlier this year we had the delight of testing and tasting these prize-winning SPAM Pieorgi, dumplings filled with zippy sauerkraut and cubes of savory SPAM. The combination really works! The recipe comes from Katelyn Pelzek who won the blue ribbon…

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Citrus Ginger Pinchies

Minnesota State Fair
Citrus Ginger Pinchies

The Minnesota State Fair is in full swing and these cookies came out on top in the 2015 Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest. Named after the winner Patrice Johnson’s ginger cat, these creative sweet treats are impressive in more ways than one.…

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Cappuccino Cookies

Indiana State Fair
Cappuccino Cookies

Coffee lovers rejoice! We have the perfect cookie for you. These coffee-flavored, crispy cookies taste like biscotti dipped in a cup of espresso. Cappuccino Cookies is a 2015 Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest award-winning recipe developed by Raymond Graham. He…

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Maddie’s Sugar Cookies

Ohio State Fair
Maddie’s Sugar Cookies

These are classic cookies that you can bake (and decorate!) to perfection. Maddie’s Sugar Cookies won first place in the Ohio State Fair’s 2015 Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest. Winner Margaret Price developed these cookies with her sister and named…

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Raspberry Berets

Ohio State Fair
Raspberry Berets

These colorful and creative cookies are like mini fruit pies. They are crowd-pleasing and easy to make! You start with a delicious cookie shell made with butter, granulated and powdered sugars, baking soda, salt, and flour. Fresh out of the oven (while still…

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Toasted Pecan Honey Squares

Ohio State Fair
Toasted Pecan Honey Squares

These simple and scrumptious Toasted Pecan Honey Squares are a winning sweet treat. They come from Cheryl Adkins, a home baking exhibitor at the 2015 Ohio State Fair. She won second place for these shortbread cookie bars topped with a pecan-pie type “filling.”…

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SPAM Satay Salad

Minnesota State Fair
SPAM Satay Salad

Inspired by the upcoming Minnesota State Fair and the long-running SPAM recipe contest, we pulled a 22-year-old recipe from our archives. Karen Radford won first place for this dish (back in 1993, in the early days of the ‘best SPAM recipe” contest.)…

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Blueberry Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

Minnesota State Fair - Best Overall Pie
Blueberry Rhubarb Strawberry Pie

This Mixed Fruit Pie earned its maker the “best overall pie” honor at last year’s Minnesota State Fair (2014). The judges, a panel of food science professionals, chose the top pie based on appearance/color, texture/internal appearance, and flavor/aroma. In other words,…

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Orange Cookies

Kentucky State Fair
Orange Cookies

These citrus sweet treats come from Jenny Haeberlin of Louisville. With the orange juice and orange zest, they burst with flavor. “I come from a cookie family,” Jenny shared. “For birthdays, we don’t to cakes, we do cookies!” Jenny won accolades with “Nana’s Orange…

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