Sunday, April 20, 2008

Carolyn Gurtz and her fairworthy cookies

I have no pictures of the Pillsbury Bake Off Winner's cookies. If you haven't seen a picture yet, go here, here or here. Instead here is a picture of a fairworthy baby. She turned two months old this week. She doesn't eat cookies yet.

In my search for a fairworthy cookie, I became excited when I found out that Carolyn Gurtz won the Pillsbury Bake off with her Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. I thought, "If I made a chocolate cookie dough and wrapped it around the peanut butter mixture from her recipe, that would be so yummy. I bet it would win a ribbon at the fair." Well I was right, it would and it did. Last year or maybe the year before, Carolyn entered that very same combination in our county fair (we live in the same county) and it won a ribbon for cookies. Sigh . . . thought I was onto something there. Anyway it was that recipe that she changed to make it more appealing to the pillsbury people. It worked, she won! I'm sorry to hear people bashing the recipe because it uses premade cookie dough. Of course she would make the recipe so that it would use the most products that would appeal to the company. If anyone had bothered to do their research, they would have found out that she just changed a recipe in which everything originally was made from scratch. For those interested, here's a link to the very article that tells the real story.

I could make the cookies anyway, but I know the judges would say "Carolyn wanna be!" I believe she won Grand Champion/Best of Show in baking two years ago with a pecan pie. She was in the paper with all the other Best in Show winners from the other neighboring county fairs. So I can keep trying for a Best in Show item (can be anything baked-cookie, cake, pie, cheesecake, brownie) since she can't win for another three years since a person can win it only once every five years. I am so far from there though. The best I've ever done is a blue ribbon here or there. Not even a champion, so I have a lot of work to do yet. I have high hopes for the Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake I made from Smitten Kitchen. Maybe that will win champion for Cheesecakes. I can dream!

On the sewing front, I have a few smocking items I am finishing up and hope to have completed in the next month or so. I only smock in the car on the way to church, so the going is slow. I also knit and have been finishing some socks for Ellie I started a while back. Pictures soon, I hope!

1 comment:

Mary said...

Wow, you've got some competition in your county! I made the recipe last week and it was SO GOOD. I was disappointed that it used the prepackaged dough, but you have to remember that the sponsors want their products featured in the winning recipes, so I understand. You have me thinking about trying it with chocolate chip dough, hmm. . .