AARON SNYDER — Cooking the Best: Winners Named in First Holiday Cookie Contest | Opinion

I must say, The Independent DailyThe inaugural Holiday Cookie Making Contest was a huge success.

And I’m not saying that just because I was one of three lucky judges who got to gobble up the scrumptious treats.

A few weeks ago our previously anonymous “Appetizing Ashland Area” columnist approached me with a wonderful idea that would allow a few local kids to engage with the paper – and provide us with the perfect snacks to go with our coffee. of newsroom.

The contest was limited to chocolate chip cookies that had to be made from scratch. It consisted of three divisions: 5 and under, 6-9 and 10-13.

Participating children had to be involved in the cooking process – with photos to prove it.

Columnist GG, aka Norma Meek, editor Lisa Callihan and I served as judges…and we were all so happy to have signed on for this assignment!

All the talented young bakers did an exceptional job. There wasn’t a single bad cookie in the batch!

But there could only be three winners, and we have a prize for each of the winning trios.

Each of us savored every bite and enjoyed every piece of chocolate chip as, separately, we rated our #1 pick in each division.

Although the results weren’t necessarily unanimous, each winner received two of the three votes needed to propel themselves to the top.

The winners are:

• 5 cents: Olivia Wright

• 6-9: Avery Gullett

• 10-13: Owen Caudill

Really, though, all of those kids were winners. They all have a bright future in the kitchen if they wish. Our youngest cookie maker is only 3 years old!

We hope each of the children (and their parents/guardians) enjoyed participating in this competition, which we hope to make a regular occurrence. As Norma said, we thought this would be a great way to have fun over Christmas while building math and reading skills over the holidays.

Congratulations to Olivia, Avery, and Owen – and all the awesome kids who baked delicious chocolate chip cookies for this contest.

Now… it’s time to hit the treadmill.

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