Award-Winning! YES, Leandro’s Oatmeal Cookies Take First Prize!

29 Sep

We shouted! We hooted! We jumped up and down! (Mommy even got a little misty)

The winner!

The winner! Note blue ribbon in the background!

Leandro’s Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies took first prize in the Junior culinary class at the Long Island Fair!

We were completely surprised, because we had made a solemn decision that we didn’t care whether our submissions won. We just wanted our admission tickets (one per submission) and we wanted to be a part of it. We like our own baked goods and we like baking together and winning or losing wouldn’t change that.And then he won!

The calm before the storm. The gorgeous Fair building

The calm before the storm. The gorgeous Fair building

We are, of course, very excited, and we are, of course, sharing the recipe. And of course, we had a marvellous day at the fair with Lori, Brendan, Kate, Abu, Padushi, Madrina, and Betsy. It is always a wonderful time and there is one more day left if you haven’t made it yet!

Makes big batches!

Makes big batches!

Leandro’s Prize-Winning Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies

½ Cup plus 6 Tbs butter, softened

¾ firmly packed brown sugar (I like to mix dark and light brown, but use whatever is on hand)

½ cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 ½ Cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp salt

3 Cups quick or old-fashioned oats

½ Cup bittersweet chocolate morsels

½ Cup dried cranberries

¾ Cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until blended and kind of creamy (I don’t have an electric mixer – yet—so I just use a big fork). Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Then add the oats and the fruit and nuts and mix well until all the oats are damp.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. After a minute cooling on the baking sheets, move the cookies to wire cooling racks and cool completely. Store in tightly covered containers.

The right way to celebrate at a fall county fair!

The right way to celebrate at a fall county fair!

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25 Responses to “Award-Winning! YES, Leandro’s Oatmeal Cookies Take First Prize!”

  1. Pat Smith October 2, 2013 at 10:54 am #


  2. Karen October 1, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    I can now say I have an award winning recipe from a very talented young chef. Congratulations!

  3. thewindykitchen September 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    congratulations! the cookies sound delicious!

  4. Allison Nunez September 30, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    They were worthy of a blue ribbon! Congratulations!

  5. Susan at Savvy Single Suppers September 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Way to go Leandro! I have a similar recipe with oats, flour & ground almonds sweetened with maple syrup (egg, milk, rye whiskey) and semi-sweet chocolate chips and dried cranberries. And I can’t get enough of them. No wonder the judges selected your entry.

  6. kathryningrid September 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    Great cookies, a handsome prince at work in the kitchen, and a blue ribbon prize! Perfect combo. Way to go, Leandro!!! Sounds like a legitimately prizewinning recipe to me. 😀

  7. Mad Dog September 29, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    Congratulations – well done 😉

  8. Bluejellybeans September 29, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Wow, enhorabuena a Leandro!! Las galletas tienen una pinta estupenda y las fotos dejan patente lo bien que lo pasasteis en la feria. Un abrazo 🙂

  9. Deena Kakaya September 29, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Fab combination of Flavours, I’m now Craving them! X

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy September 29, 2013 at 8:40 am #

      They are delicious! And easy…..try them and see (p.s. sometimes we add raisins too)

      • Deena Kakaya September 29, 2013 at 8:48 am #

        Children (except mine , of course ) seem to life raisins don’t they? I’m glad you told me they are easy to do, I like easy! I’m posting a one bowl recipe tonight…easy is best xxx

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy September 29, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

        Amen, Deena!

  10. cecilia September 29, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    I was about to say.. you didn’t embarrass him with Mother Shrieking and carrying on and then I saw that shot of him with a face covered in food in the snack tent. I think he will not embarrass easily. Congrats all round!! How wonderful. He has grown.. that precious son of yours.. c

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy September 29, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Thanks so much, Cecilia! We were very excited and proud…then he promptly forgot in the excitement of the jugglers and pony rides and large pigs!

  11. Deborah Rivera September 29, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    how exciting. will have to try the recipe!

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