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Golden Barrel Recipe Tops Gingersnap Cookie Entries During 2012 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg – Kathy Francis of Westchester, Chester County, baked her way to the top in the second annual Gingersnap Cookie Contest Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Four judges sifted through 46 cookie entries, narrowing it down to the top 12 entries. Judges included Barbara Grumbine from the Lebanon Valley Expo; home economist Debbie Felak of Ephrata, Lancaster County; Charles Gerow, CEO of Quantum Communications, Harrisburg, Dauphin County; and Debbie Bender, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, of the PA Lace Guild.

They first evaluated appearance, looking for cookies of all the same size, having an old-fashioned presence. Each judge evaluated the cookies on texture, flavor and aroma.

Long-time judge Debbie Bender commented, “Give me anything [with] molasses and I’m happy.”

Noting the appearance of the cookies, Gerow added, “Some are so pretty they should be on TV.”

Francis was awarded $250 by Ron Glessner, representative of contest sponsor Good Food, Inc. Second place and a $100 prize went to Alexis Foor of Bedford County. Rachel Logue of Cumberland County received third place honors and $50. Marel Raub of Perry County won fourth place and Jane Lerew of York County received fifth place.  

Golden Barrel Ginger Snaps

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
Dash of ground black pepper
½ cup shortening
¼ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses
¼ cup raw sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream the shortening, butter and sugars together with an electric mixer. Add the egg and molasses and beat well. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until combined.

Roll into 1 inch balls and dip tops in raw sugar.

Bake 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet for 18 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
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