Taking a bite out of the competition

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - At the Seaway Senior Citizens Club, a room full of bakers all hoped when their cookie crumbled it was in their favour - or rather flavour.

Christine Giroux, Chateau Cornwall residential service manager stands with Carolyn Ford, cookie bake-off winner.

During a cookie bake-off, hosted by Chartwell and Chateau Cornwall, 10 contestants showed of their dessert skills. The winner's recipe will be used as the club's signature cookie in fundraising events next year and all the proceeds will be given to their charity of choice.

The competition was heavy as the batter made for the event. But it was Carolyn Ford who stole the show. She won first place for her lemon blueberry cookie and second place for her date-filled oatmeal cookie. Ford picked the annual Poppy Fund campaign put on by the Royal Canadian Legion as her charity of choice.

"Both of my parents were vets, so that charity means a lot to me," said Ford. "I'm shocked I won."

Her winning cookies have no family secret to tell. She saw the recipe and simply tried it out. The results were clearly a success as numerous people circled her booth taking bite after bite.

"This is our first year," said Christine Giroux, Chateau Cornwall residential service manager. "It's a great way to share with the community during Christmas."

Lois McCartney won third place for her oatmeal cookies. They have been a family favourite for 15 years.

"My grandchildren really like them," said McCartney. "This was a lot of fun. I love to bake."

Organizations: Poppy Fund, Royal Canadian Legion

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