‘Thumbs’ Up To York County Cookies At Farm Show
Mother and daughter Shelly and Elizabeth Pokrivka of York, York County, took a bite out of the Thumbprint Cookie Competition Sunday, Jan. 5, at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Shelly took home the top prize, beating out 41 other entries, Elizabeth came in fifth.
For the mother-daughter pair, baking competitions are a regular affair. “I have been competing at the York County Fair since 1989, and we have been competing at the Farm Show for about 12 years,” said Shelley. “We don’t always compete against each other, but today we were.”
For Shelly, winning comes often. “I’ve won the Hershey’s Cocoa® Cake Competition as well as the Angel Food Cake Competition in previous years at the farm show. I actually bought my KitchenAid® mixer with my winnings.”
The cookies are judged on appearance, texture, taste, presentation and uniformity
“It’s tough to judge because they are all good,” said Howard Burrell, contest coordinator. “There really are no losers, they are all great bakers.”
The competition is open to people of all ages. Owen Chaffin of Bethel Park, Allegheny County, was one of the youth competitors. Chaffin won best of show earlier in the week during a junior division cookie competition.
Thumbprint cookies are made by pressing your thumb into the cookie creating a cavity to be filled with jelly, jams and preserves.
The Winning Thumbprint Cookie Recipe:
½ cup butter soft
½ cup Crisco®
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, separated (use whites to roll in nuts, only yolks go into batter)
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup finely ground toasted walnuts
1 small jar homemade elderberry jelly
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, Crisco and sugar together. Add egg yolks, extract, flour, and salt.
Form 1 inch balls and place evenly onto baking sheet. Roll in nuts as desired. Form “thumbprint” hole in desired size. Bake 20 minutes.
When cool, fill with elderberry jelly.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies