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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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Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes

Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes

There was a restaurant near my old office that served tomatoes broiled with gruyere cheese on top. Delicious. This easy appetizer was inspired by them. These Panko Parmesan & Mozzarella Topped Tomatoes are my go-to when craving something like pizza or lasagna…but in…

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Firecracker Chocolate Cookie Bars

Firecracker Chocolate Cookie Bars

Perfect for the Fourth of July holiday or to bake with kids, these Firecracker Chocolate Cookies Bars are a blast! Oatmeal, nuts and milk chocolate toffee bits take the chocolate chip cookie for a spin. You sprinkle chopped pop rock…

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Fig Jam, Pear, Bacon SPAM & Goat Cheese Pizza

Fig Jam, Pear, Bacon SPAM & Goat Cheese Pizza

The first 2015 official blue ribbon winning recipe that we’re featuring this fair season is from the San Diego County Fair and our longest running competition, the annual SPAM® contest. The first place winning recipe is called The Figgy Pig, named…

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Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Wisconsin State Fair
Toasted Pecan Shortbread Cookies

In just a few weeks, some of the biggest fairs in the country get underway. Certainly the avid hobby bakers and cooks of the country who annually compete at the fairs have their thinking caps on. What will they enter?…

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