Toothpicks, toaster ovens and loads of endurance have been important instruments for this yr’s Working@Duke Vacation Cookie Contest winners.
The “Greatest General” winner was Amanda Hodges, a medical nurse within the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke College Hospital. Hodges’ “Mint Chocolate Cutout Cookies” have been adorned in shades of blue, inexperienced, white and pink utilizing royal icing.
“Oh my god, that’s loopy,” stated Hodges, when she was advised she gained.
Hodges says chocolate chip cookies are her staple, however she needed to attempt one thing new for the cookie contest. She made just one batch.
“It took a pair hours to pipe the icing onto the cookies,” Hodges stated. “I did a base shade then used a toothpick for the stripes. I wanted fairly regular palms.”
The fourth annual Working@Duke Vacation Cookie Contest acquired 37 submissions, 12 greater than final yr.
“It was a pleasure that all of them took a lot time to make these cookies style and look unimaginable,” stated Kelsey Liddle, a employees specialist within the Workplace of the College Registrar and a decide on this yr’s competitors.
Considered one of Liddle’s favorites was the “President Worth is Proper Sugar Cookies” by Evan Heisman, a employees assistant for Scholar Affairs. Heisman made the cookies within the likeness of Duke president Vincent Worth by drawing, with icing, a black go well with and Duke blue tie. He additionally drew Worth’s spherical glasses and used brown sprinkles for hair. One of many additional cookies was later delivered to President Worth, who despatched Heisman an e mail to thank him.
“That e mail undoubtedly made my day yesterday,” Heisman stated. “Since he’s new to Duke I assumed it will be a enjoyable method to welcome him.”
Rachel Kaufmann, medical trials coordinator at Duke Medical Analysis Institute, used a toaster oven to make her “Turtle Thumbprint Cookies.” Kaufmann baked the cookies at her dad or mum’s home, which didn’t have an oven due to kitchen renovations.
The cookies get their sweet-salty style from melted Werther’s Unique Tender Caramels, semi-sweet chocolate and chopped pecans.
“I’m all the time making an attempt out new recipes,” she stated. “My household is a fan of nuts and I’m a fan of chocolate, so these cookies are the right mixture of candy and salty.”
Elizabeth Jones’ “Additional Spicy Gingerbread with Lemon Icing” packed a punch for the style buds and eyes. Her cookies, full of cayenne and black pepper, have been formed into houses smaller than a pc mouse.
Every of the six cookies have been formed into houses with uniquely made roofs and designs of Christmas timber and home windows on the partitions of the houses. Jones, assistant managing editor for Duke College Press, stated they every took about 40 minutes to design.
“They have been a dedication, nevertheless it was numerous enjoyable,” she stated. “It’s a recipe I’ve performed round with the final yr or so.”
This yr’s Greatest General winner will obtain a $50 present card to Duke Shops. The winners of Greatest Tasting and Greatest Adorned will every obtain a $25 present card. All three winners will obtain printed recipe books that includes this yr’s cookie contest entries. Anybody can obtain a digital copy of the 2017 contest recipes here.
The 4 volunteer judges for this yr’s competitors have been:
- Marti Brauer, Info Safety Analyst for Duke Well being Know-how Options
- Kate Collins, assistant librarian and coordinator of the Rubenstein Test Kitchen
- Mark Turner, government chef of Duke Eating
- Kelsey Liddle, employees specialist for the Workplace of the College Registrar and final yr’s Greatest General winner