Let them eat cookies!

Melissa Stagnaro

Tonight is the night. A Night of Cookies and Cream, of course. In just a few short hours, the celebrity cookie smackdown – I mean – auction will begin.

Let’s face it, it is THE cookie-related event of the year. Where else can you expect to see – and bid on – homemade goodies baked from scratch by Chenango County’s preeminent business and community leaders. (And one not-so notable newspaper reporter, I might add.)

I, personally, can’t wait. The anticipation has been killing me. Ever since that cookie jar appeared on my desk a couple of weeks ago, I’ve had cookies on the brain.

First it was the anxiety over what kind of cookies to bake. In the end – after careful consideration and amazing restraint (I wanted to sample every recipe I came across!) – I decided to stick with the tried and true: Raspberry Pecan Thumbprints.

Yeah, I know that’s what I made last year. And some people have already given me a hard time about it, but I don’t care. They are just so darn good! I didn’t want to mess with perfection.

Then, of course, there was the baking. Those delightful thumbprints aren’t complicated per se, but it’s still a lengthy process. Probably because the recipe makes like 8 dozen cookies!

Not that 8 dozen made it into the jar, mind you. The number was whittled down significantly during the, ahem, taste testing portion of the evening. And of course I had to bring in samples for The Evening Sun crew. (They would never have forgiven me otherwise.)

That little stash was quickly depleted, however. So, here I sit with mouth watering, thinking of nothing else but those sinfully delicious cookies. Must have more of those super yummy pecan-crusted, raspberry preserve-topped jobbies.

Looks like someone might have to bid on her own cookies tonight…

It is, after all, for a good cause.

Don’t miss this year’s Night of Cookies and Cream to benefit The Children’s Center’s Scholarship Fund 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Norwich Fire House.

Cookies and milk for everyone! How can you go wrong?

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