Since we re-opened the Hotel Pattee in November of 2013, we have started a new tradition of preparing complimentary freshly baked chocolate chip cookies for our guests each night. At or around 9:30 PM we place a tray of cookies on both the 2nd and 3rd floor landing. The response has been overwhelming, and the feedback wonderful. I mean, who doesn’t like a fresh out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie right before bedtime? Particularly, if you don’t have to bake it!
I decided early on that it would be fun to sponsor a Cookie Baking Contest at the Iowa State Fair, and luckily, they allowed us to sponsor our first Hotel Pattee Cookie Contest. My thought was that the winning recipe would be our complimentary fresh baked cookies for the Hotel Pattee Guests until next year’s fair.
I based the criteria of the contest on three factors: Taste, ease of preparation and appearance. Taste and ease of preparation were equally rated at 45% each with appearance weighing in at 10%.
The response for the contest was awesome. We had over 30 entries and it was a very, very difficult job picking the best cookie. Sure, it was fun eating all of these great treats and there truly was not a bad cookie in the bunch. The amount of time, effort and dedication that each contestant put into this competition was very evident. Thank you to all of the contestants for entering this competition.
The winning Snicker-doodle recipe prepared by Jan Trometer of Jamaica, IA is a “Champion of Cookies”. It hit all of the key components we were looking for. With regards to taste, it was moist, chewy, and flavorful with the perfect hint of cinnamon to top it off. Ease of preparation will be ideal in our environment and the presentation of the cookie is more than appetizing.
Hats off to Susie Jones of Waukee who earned second place. Karen Steggerda of Urbandale who received third place, and Diane Schlegel of Bouton who was awarded an honorable mention.
Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank Vicki Lage for helping me judge the contest. She is truly a classy lady who helped me make the best decisions possible with regards to picking the “Cookie of the Year” for the Hotel Pattee. Guests can look forward to enjoying the winning cookie at or around the 1st of September. I am more than confident that they will LOVE these Snicker-doodles!
Jay Hartz, owner.