I am going to share my recipe anyway because my family and everyone else who tried these cookies before I submitted them to the fair loved them.
If you have not entered anything into the state fair or any food contest, it is nerve wracking. I spent six months trying to perfect my cookie recipe, making several different versions of it. One of the biggest challenges was reviewing the classes and reviewing all the rules for the food contests. What should have been the easiest thing to prep for the contest was the most challenging — finding white small plastic plates to display the cookies. I had to go several places before I found white plastic plates. Once at the fair turning in the cookies is a little scary, too. There were several people ahead of me in line turning in their canned items, and they all seemed to know each other and exactly what to do.
The last thing I wanted to do was upset a potential judge. Once it was my turn, I got a couple of “Oh, those look good,” and I left thinking those are winners. Oh well, there is always next year. I hope you enjoy these cookies and consider entering something into the fair next year.Beth McDonald is a wife and mother and works full time in Des Moines.