Cookie Primary Results!
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (December 14, 2007) — Judges today named Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson’s biscochitos, New Mexico’s official state cookies, the winning cookie in Yankee Magazine’s first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Primary Cookie Contest. Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul won the online “popular” vote, with 93 percent of the more than 9,800 votes, with Mrs. Paul’s recipe for apricot-coconut balls.
Cookies were baked by culinary students at Southern New Hampshire University. Nine judges determined the winning cookie based on taste, appearance, and originality. The online vote was open to the general public and ran for three weeks.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came in second with Mrs. Huckabee’s snickerdoodles, reportedly a Huckabee family favorite. Republican candidate Mitt Romney placed third with Mrs. Romney’s Welsh skillet cakes, earning high marks for originality.
Political analysts predicted that Ron Paul had the best chance of winning the online vote, based on his success with raising $4.3 million dollars in one 24-hour period of online fundraising.
Yankee, “New England’s Magazine,” first published in 1935 and the only magazine devoted to New England, ran this inaugural contest to find out which presidential candidate is the top cookie — or rather, which one has the top cookie recipe.
Now the nation must wait until January 8, 2008, New Hampshire’s primary, to determine whether there is any correlation between a winning cookie and a winning candidate.
Although voting is now closed, undecided voters can still become informed about the candidates’ cookies.
Judges included Lou D’Allesandro, a Democratic state senator in New Hampshire; Amy Diaz, executive editor of The Hippo, New Hampshire’s largest weekly newspaper; Theodore Gatsas, Republican leader in the New Hampshire Senate; Stephen James, executive pastry chef at Popovers on the Square in Portsmouth; Tami Plyler, deputy managing editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader, based in Manchester; John Knorr, assistant dean of Southern New Hampshire University; Nazzy, 105.5 WJYY’s morning on-air personality; Polly Bannister, Yankee Magazine’s home editor; and Annie B. Copps, Yankee Magazine’s food editor.