Yankee Magazine Primary Cookie Contest

Friday, December 14, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Judges have named Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson’s biscochitos, New Mexico’s official state cookie, the winning cookie in Yankee Magazine’s first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary Cookie Contest, held Dec. 14 at Southern New Hampshire University. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul won the online “popular” vote with 93 percent of the more than 9,800 votes with Mrs. Pauls’ recipe for apricot-coconut balls.

The cookies were baked by SNHU culinary students and served to the judges, who determined the winning cookie based on taste, appearance and originality. The online vote, now closed, was open to the general public and ran for three weeks.

Judges included state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, D-Manchester; Amy Diaz, executive editor of The Hippo; Theodore Gatsas, Republican leader of the New Hampshire Senate; Stephen James, executive pastry chef at Popovers on the Square in Portsmouth; Tami Plyler, deputy managing editor for The New Hampshire Union Leader; Polly Bannister, home and garden editor of Yankee Magazine; John Knorr, executive director of SNHU’s culinary program; Nazzy, 105.5 WJYY’s morning on –air personality; and Annie B. Copps, food editor of Yankee Magazine.

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came in second place with Mrs. Huckabee’s snicker doodles, reportedly a Huckabee family favorite. Republican candidate Mitt Romney came in third place with Mrs. Romney’s Welsh skillet cakes, with high marks for originality.

Political analysts predicted that Ron Paul had the best chance to win the online vote based on his success with raising $4.3 million dollars in one 24-hour period of online fundraising.

Yankee, “New England’s Magazine,” first published in 1935 and the only magazine devoted to New England, ran this inaugural contest to find out which presidential candidate is the top cookie — or rather, which one has the top cookie recipe.

Learn more about the candidates and their cookies by visiting http://www.yankeemagazine.com/.

SNHU students who assisted in the contest included Patrice Crowley, Elizabeth Sampson, Danny Dwyer, Katherine Bilodeau and Mindy Mathiason.

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