Friday, February 4, 2011

Cookie Bake-Off Finalist

Meet the finalist and winners of our first Cookie Bake-off!

On Saturday January 15th entrants in the Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off gathered at the Cherry Hill Service Center (CHSC) to share their desserts, creatively made with Girl Scout Cookies. Although it was a tough choice, contest judges narrowed down the competition from ten semifinalists to three, who would go on the final round of competition. On January 22nd three finalist gathered to make their desserts at the CHSC and present them the a panel of judges, which included Mary E. Connell our CEO; Rhonda Holland, GSCSNJ Board Member; Toni Walton, owner and baker for Sweet T’s Bakeshop and former cake decorator at Carlo’s Bakery; and  Sumiyyah Harvey, Manager at the Cherry Hill Cheesecake Factory.

First place went to the team of Kelly McVeigh and Mia Mancini who created a delicious Peanut Butter Pattie Pie made from Peanut Butter Patties and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Kelly and Mia are both Girl Scout Brownies from the Marlton Service Unit who love cooking and baking.  Both girls have taken cooking classes and are always getting together to make new dishes to emulate their favorite television show such as “Cake Boss” and “Chopped.” Their spin on a Peanut Butter Pie was not only mouthwatering, but it looked delectable. Kelly and Mia’s clever use of Girl Scout Cookies and visual presentation made their dessert rise to the top.

Girl Scout Daisies Jessica Herstein of Marlton Service Unit and Erin Eckert of the New Brunswick Service Unit were the two runners up. Jessica made a very refreshing Thin Mint Nanaimo Bar. Jessica was inspired to make a Girl Scout Cookie version of the Nanaimo Bars, which are famous in Canada, because her mom is Canadian. Erin baked a scrumptious Coconutty Caramel deLite Pie, using Caramel deLite Cookies in the crust and as a topping. It is easy to tell that Erin’s favorite cookie is the Caramel deLite because her dessert incorporated the creamy “coconutty” flavor from the first bite to the last crumb. 

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