Does anything beat the taste of a fresh warm cookie just out of the oven?
The State Fair has offered baking contests in the Creative Arts department for years. Kitchen creatives of all ages spend weeks, if not months, tweaking and testing recipes to find the absolute best flavor for their entry into one of numerous cooking contests. The chance to win a coveted State Fair of Texas blue ribbon is a yearly mission for Texans across the state.
Today we highlight our Youth Cooking Contest. In 2013, Mansfield resident Campbell Grove delighted judges with his entry of soft buttery cookies with a cinnamon-sugar coating, aptly named: “Don’t Snicker at my Doodle Cookies”.
The 2014 Youth Cooking Contest will be held Saturday, October 4 in the Creative Arts Building. The contest offers two sections: children aged 6-11 and junior aged 12-17. Encourage the young chefs in your life to participate in this Texas tradition.
The State Fair loves to showcase Creative Arts competitors and their creations in our Cookbook and our new recipe blog on bigtex.com. Enter in this year’s Creative Arts competitions for your chance to be in the spotlight!
Don’t Snicker at my Doodle Cookies
Created by: Campbell Grove – Mansfield
2nd Place – 2013 Youth Cooking
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. butter, room temp.
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 lg. eggs
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix ingredients together
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in Vanilla. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar coating, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack.