By Alandra Johnson

The Bulletin


This year’s cookie contest included eight judges. Two were assigned to each category. Cookies were evaluated primarily on taste — but originality, texture, appearance and skill were also factors, depending on the category. The judges then tasted the winning cookie in each category and voted for a favorite. The fan favorite cookie was determined during a cookie social, after the official judging had concluded. Contestants and Bulletin employees voted on which cookie they liked best.

This year’s judges

Alandra Johnson

Editor of The Bulletin’s At Home section and cookie contest founder

Heather Abendroth

Culinary student and winner of last year’s cookie contest

Elise Hurley

Co-owner of Fearless Baking (1900 N.W. Division St., Suite 102, Bend,, 541-508-7469)

Sean Lannin

Co-owner of Bend Cookie Co. (www.bend, 541-977-9177)

Theresa Whitney

Owner of Bliss Baking Company (www.blissbaking, 528 S.W. Sixth St., Redmond, 541-316-1614)

Di Long

Owner of La Magie Bakery and Cafe (www.lamagie, 945 N.W. Bond St., Bend, 541-241-7884)

Lindsey Bivens

Longtime judge of baked goods at the Deschutes County Fair

Riley MacKenna Glenn

This year we included a kid judge. Riley, 10, was the perfect pick, as she recently started her own baking business, Better Than Donuts, which sells items to local friends and family.

The winner of The Bulletin’s cookie contest is a bit of a surprise. The top honor goes to 8-year-old Wyatt Chance. His Fairy Drops, shortbread cookies with a peppermint frosting, were simple but well-executed and, frankly, scrumptious. They beat out dozens of other cookies, from chocolate chip to molasses to snickerdoodle.

A panel of eight judges sampled the cookies and determined winners in each of five categories.

Another standout were the painted cookies from Rika Turel. Her simple sugar cookies were tasty — but it was the impressive painted scenes of Central Oregon that really wowed us. Her cookies were truly works of edible art.

The Bulletin would like to thank all of this year’s participants and judges for making it another great cookie contest.

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