<Cheers and applause>
Andrea is one fantabulous cook. It's been proven that Sunday School attendance is higher when she brings the refreshments. I'm just sayin'.
This year, Andrea delved into the world of contest by entering the annual Fort Worth Star-Telegram contest. Not only did she take the grand prize, the panel of eight professional bakers unanimously voted her Chai Snickerdoodles the winner!
Andrea, we’re so excited to have you in the café today. Scoot yourself on up to counter and tell us how you came up with your winning recipe?
What went through your mind when you found out all eight judges had unanimously voted your cookie number one?
I was crazy excited!!! I think I drove my husband and kids crazy bouncing around the house saying, "Guess what? I won!!" about every half-hour.
What did they have to say when they found out you’d won?
My husband just kept (keeps) saying how proud he is of me. The kids were both excited as well. My son bragged about the cookies at work, and asked me to bake them for his Christmas party. I have a good family!
So where do you go from here? Are there any more contests on the horizon?
I was actually searching online for a contest this weekend, might enter it in the Taste of Home cookie contest. I haven't entered a lot of contests in the past, just one in Indiana where I got a second place prize in a chocolate cookie contest. Beyond that, who knows?
Ah yes, I can see it now…. Soon you’ll be competing on the Food Network.
Well, Andrea, let's whip up a batch up your winning cookies so everyone can have a taste.
Here's what you're going to need:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening (the butter/shortening combination makes for a softer cookie. If you prefer your cookies crispy, use all butter)
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar (Mindy note: I used dark brown because it's what I had on hand)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Hershey's cinnamon chips
- 4 tablespoons Oregon Chai Tea Latte Mix (or equivalent)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter and sugars until creamy; mix in eggs.
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt, and stir into creamed mixture. Stir in cinnamon chips. These are new from Hershey and they are, indeed, tasty little morsels.
Scoop dough into 1-inch balls and roll in chai mix to coat. Place on cookie sheets about two inches apart. Bake 7-9 minutes. Cool slightly on pan until firm before transferring to cooling rack.
Oh my, do these babies make the house smell yummy while they're baking. One bite and you'll know why they're winners.
Andrea, I'm so glad you dropped by to share these with us. They're definitely going into my baking/holiday repertoire. Now the whole world can enjoy chai snickerdoodles.
Merry Christmas, y'all!