Cookie Straw Poll

The oven is on and the stakes are high! Family Circle Magazine is at it again. For the forth time they’ve launched their potential first lady bake-off contest! Readers have correctly predicted the winner for the past four elections, will they do it again? Chime in with your two cents by voting here.

Photos courtesy of Family Circle Magazine

Recipes after the jump

Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies


  • 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto (almond liqueur)
  • 1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg white
  • Chopped nuts or dried fruit (optional)
  • Directions

      1. Heat oven to 325 degree F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 1-1/2 cups of the sugar.

      2. Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.

      3. Stir in flour and salt until combined.

      4. Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.

      5. Brush top of dough with egg white; sprinkle with nuts or fruit (if using) and with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.

      6. Bake at 325 degree F for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Cut while slightly warm.

    Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies


    • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • 1-2/3 cups butterscotch chips


    1. Heat oven to 375 degree F.

    2. In a large bowl beat the butter or margarine, granulated sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.

    3. In a medium-size bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; stir until blended. Stir in oats and butterscotch chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

    4. Bake at 375 degree F for 10 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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