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Food: Midwest Living Cookies

Food: Midwest Living Cookies

August 20, 2021

Cheryl Ashwill of Des Moines won First Place Overall and a $250 cash award in the Midwest Living Cookies contest, judged Tuesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 18, at the 2021 Iowa State Fair.

Alisa Woods of Des Moines claimed Second Place and $150. Lynn Kumagai of West Des Moines earned Third Place Overall and $100.

Peri Halma of West Des Moines won the Sweepstakes Award. Natalie Larson of Des Moines and Judy Kiburz-Harrision of Tingley tied for Reserve Sweepstakes honors.

Complete results follow:

Bar Cookies - Apple Bars

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Carolyn Maschmann, Marshalltown

Bar Cookies - Blondies

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Heather Collier, Des Moines

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Brownies, Flavored (frosted or unfrosted)

1) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

2) Belinda Myers, Osceola

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Brownies (frosted, with or without nuts)

1) Larry Stohr, Altoona

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

Bar Cookies - Brownies (unfrosted, with or without nuts)

1) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

2) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

3) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Butterscotch Bars

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Carolyn Maschmann, Marshalltown

Bar Cookies - Jam Bars

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Phyllis Olson, Newton

3) Lynn Kumagai, West Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Lemon Bars

1) Karen Alessio, Polk City

2) Jill Gilbert, West Des Moines

3) Karen Pavlik, Waukee

Hon Mention – Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Peanut Butter Bars

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Pecan Bars

1) Pam Van Essen, Ottumwa

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Pumpkin Bars (frosted or unfrosted)

1) Lori Richman, Waukee

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Rice Krispy Bars

1) Larry Stohr, Altoona

2) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

3) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

Bar Cookies - One-Layer Bar Cookie Other than Named

1) Lori Richman, Waukee

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

Bar Cookies - Two-Layer Bars Other than Named

1) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Bar Cookies - Three-Layer Bars Other than Named

1) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

2) June Newman, Garner

3) Kathy Poetting, Des Moines

HM) Mackenzie Becker, Pella

Bar Cookies - Four-or-More-Layer Bars Other Than Named

1) None awarded

2) Margaret Stoffregen, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Coconut

1) Amanda Szuch, Ankeny

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Crackles/Crinkles (any flavor)

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Margaret Stoffregen, Des Moines

3) Larry Stohr, Altoona

Molded or Pressed - Filled Cookies

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Larry Stohr, Altoona

3) Lynn Kumagai, West Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Gingersnaps

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

3) Diane Rauh, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Molasses

1) Megan Ford, Ankeny

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Michael Kephart, Carlisle

Molded or Pressed - Peanut Blossoms

1) Lori Richman, Waukee

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Heather Collier, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Peanut Butter

1) Marissa Vance, Des Moines

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

Molded or Pressed - Shortbread, flavored

1) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Shortbread, plain

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Snickerdoodles

1) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

2) Cindy Blubaugh, Des Moines

3) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

Molded or Pressed - Snowballs

1) Jill Gilbert, West Des Moines

2) Amanda Szuch, Ankeny

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Sugar (not rolled or cut)

1) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

2) Heather Collier, Des Moines

3) Macie Rorabaugh, West Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Thumbprint (any filling permitted)

1) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

2) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

3) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Molded or Pressed - Cookie Other Than Named

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Luann Sutter, Ankeny

3) DeeDee Kennedy, Des Moines

Ethnic Cookies - Biscotti (any flavor)

1) Lori Geadelmann, Adel

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

Ethnic Cookies - Chinese Almond

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Ethnic Cookies - Italian

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Kim Van Patten, Indianola

Ethnic Cookies - Macarons (French-style)

1) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Katie Anderson, Waukee

Ethnic Cookies - Scandinavian

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Barbara Welch, Polk City

Ethnic Cookies - Ethnic Cookie Other Than Named

1) Alisa Woods, Des Moines

2) Anita Canney, Des Moines

3) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Chocolate Base

1) Larry Stohr, Altoona

2) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Chocolate Chip

1) Melinda Schneider, Council Bluffs

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Anna Olsen, Ames

HM) David Isgrig, Pleasantville

Drop Cookies - Coconut Macaroons

1) Chris Myers, Boone

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Valerie Singer, Altoona

Drop Cookies - Dried Fruit (other than Oatmeal Raisin)

1) Luann Sutter, Ankeny

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

Drop Cookies - Frosted Drop (any flavor)

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

3) Cindy Blubaugh, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - M&M

1) Amanda Szuch, Ankeny

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Brian Keul, West Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Meringue Drop

1) Jacob Van Patten, Altoona

Drop Cookies - Monster

1) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

2) Jill Gilbert, West Des Moines

3) Heather Collier, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - No-Bake

1) Ileen M. Wallace, Council Bluffs

2) Larry Stohr, Altoona

3) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

Drop Cookies - Oatmeal Butterscotch (with or without nuts)

1) Larry Stohr, Altoona

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

Drop Cookies - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (with or without nuts)

1) Lori Richman, Waukee

2) Mary King, Newton

3) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Oatmeal Raisin

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Michael Kephart, Carlisle

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Oatmeal (other than named)

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Donna Kimberly, Collins

3) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

HM) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Peanut Butter Base

1) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

2) Brooke Mickelson, West Des Moines

3) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

Drop Cookies - Potato Chip

1) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

2) Diane Rauh, Des Moines

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Drop Cookies - Ranger

1) Valerie Singer, Altoona

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Lynn Kumagai, West Des Moines

Drop Cookies - White Chocolate

1) Meredith Willey, Norwalk

2) Larry Stohr, Altoona

3) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

Drop Cookies - Drop Cookies Other Than Named

1) Lynn Kumagai, West Des Moines

2) Kay Smith, Des Moines

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Health Cookies - Cookies Made with a Sugar Substitute

1) Kim Van Patten, Indianola

2) Carolyn Maschmann, Marshalltown

3) Renee Olsen, McCallsburg

Health Cookies - Gluten Free

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

3) Lori Geadelmann, Adel

Health Cookies - Whole Grain

1) Kim Van Patten, Indianola

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Refrigerated and Rolled - Icebox (sliced)

1) Margaret Stoffregen, Des Moines

2) Judy Kiburz-Harrison, Tingley

3) Kay Smith, Des Moines

HM) Sarah Woodward, Ankeny

Refrigerated and Rolled - Rolled Gingerbread

1) Jacob Van Patten, Altoona

2) Carolyn Maschmann, Marshalltown

3) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

Refrigerated and Rolled - Rolled Sugar (frosted)

1) Lauren Probst, Windsor Heights

2) Brooke Mickelson, West Des Moines

3) Heather Collier, Des Moines

HM) Cyndy Erickson, Des Moines

Refrigerated and Rolled - Rolled Sugar (unfrosted)

1) Brooke Mickelson, West Des Moines

2) Rita Cashman Becker, Fort Madison

3) Rose Ridgway, Johnston

Refrigerated and Rolled - Sandwich Cookies

1) Peri Halma, West Des Moines

2) Sarah Woodward, Ankeny

3) Natalie Larson, Des Moines

Refrigerated and Rolled - Rolled Cookies Other Than Named

1) Amanda Szuch, Ankeny

2) Sarah Woodward, Ankeny

3) Lauren Probst, Windsor Heights

Cake Mix Cookies - Bar (frosted or unfrosted)

1) Carolyn Maschmann, Marshalltown

2) Terri Treft, Sioux City

3) Julie Petersen, Knoxville

Cake Mix Cookies - Drop or Shaped (frosted or unfrosted)

1) Terri Treft, Sioux City

2) Alicea Weyrick, Polk City

3) Cheryl Ashwill, Des Moines

Youth - Bar Cookie (age 12 and under)

1) Brooklynn Sedlock, Indianola

2) Molly Wilson, Waukee

3) JH Cownie, Des Moines

Youth - Bar Cookie (age 13-17)

1) Drew Gilbert, West Des Moines

2) Joseph Ridgway, Johnston

3) Conner Mccoy, Hartford

Youth - Drop Cookie (age 12 and under)

1) Molly Wilson, Waukee

2) Emma Scheidel, Ankeny

3) Analisea Patterson, Des Moines

Youth - Drop Cookie (age 13-17)

1) Michael Ross, West Des Moines

2) Conner McCoy, Hartford

3) Drew Gilbert, West Des Moines

Youth - Unbaked Cookie (age 12 and under)

1) Brooklynn Sedlock, Indianola

Youth - Unbaked Cookie (age 13-17)

1) Conner McCoy, Hartford

2) Joseph Ridgway, Johnston

Youth - Cookie Other Than Named (age 12 and under)

1) Allison Kuhn, Huxley

2) Ava Praska, West Des Moines

3) Brooklynn Sedlock, Indianola

Youth - Cookie Other Than Named (age 13-17)

1) Joseph Ridgway, Johnston

2) Hadley Harvey, Des Moines

3) Aubrey, Book, Ankeny

The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. There are 134 divisions, 603 classes and nearly 6500 entries at this year’s Fair. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Urban Air.