Winners Announced For Cookie Crumble

HammondThe Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the winners of the Inaugural Cookie Crumble.

Overall cookie – Patti Komara, Dyer – Mint Layer Brownies

Bar Category – Patti Komara, Dyer – Mint Layer Brownies

Ethnic Category – Christine Lieberman, Crown Point - Kolaches

Decorated Category – Amanda Straker, Hammond – Mandy’s Melt-in-your-Mouth’s

Chocolate Category – Jane Fisher, Highland – Chocolate-dipped sandwich Macaroons

Fruit & Nut – Starla Peak, Hammond – Pecans in Paradise

Professional – Amelia’s Bake Shoppe, Cedar Lake – Apricot Ruskies

Each winner in the amateur categories received a $100 gift certificate to Strack & VanTil and Ultra Food stores. The overall winner received $250 of gift certificates and a gift basket. The winner in the professional category received a trophy by Shore Magazine. All 7 winners also received a Cookie Crumble “Winner” apron.

The judge’s panel was representative of the sponsors: Barbara Rolek and Judy Milne represented The Times, Lisa Weber from Shore Magazine, Ijunia Vallaincourt of Strack & VanTil, and Ric Federighi represented WYIN am1420. Judges were evaluating each cookie or bar according to taste, appearance, and texture.

The 2nd Annual Cookie Crumble was a challenge for the best cookie recipe in the region held at the Indiana Welcome Center at I-80/94 & Kennedy Avenue south. Through this contest, the Lake County CVB raised $457 for the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.

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