Colorado State Fair
Department of Agriculture
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015
Chris Wiseman, General Manager, (719) 924-0151, Chris.Wiseman@state.co.us
Christi Lightcap, Dir. of Communications, (720) 480-8672, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
Warm Your Ovens: Colorado State Fair to Host Gold Medal Flour
PUEBLO, Colo. – The “Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest” is
coming to the Colorado State Fair. The competition will reward the most
delicious and award-worthy cookies from Colorado home bakers.
The entry fee is only $5
and cash prizes await the top three finishers, including a $200 award for first
place. All winners receive an award certificate and celebratory apron. Winners
may also be featured by Gold Medal on Facebook or other communications.
Using the premium
quality of Gold Medal flour, contestants are asked to create any kind of
cookie, from bars and brownies, to more classic
cookies or new creations. Any style, size or shape is welcome. Let your taste
buds and imagination run wild. Judges choose winning recipes with the best
appearance, flavor and texture.
The contest will be held on August
31, 2015; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 29, 2015.
For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests,
contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visit http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/events/competitive-events/231.
The Colorado State Fair runs August
28 - September 7, 2015. For more
information, visit www.coloradostatefair.com.
For inspiration, try
these Mexican Hot Chocolate
Snickerdoodles, a past blue ribbon winner (Los Angeles, 2014, Kim Dame).
You can also find inspiration at www.goldmedalflour.com.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
2 2/3 cups Gold Medal
2 teaspoons cream of
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable
1 1/2 cups granulated
2 large eggs, room
2 ounces unsweetened
baking chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon sea salt
In a medium bowl, sift
together flour, cream of tartar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and
kosher salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl or stand mixer (or you can use a hand
mixer), beat together butter, shortening, and sugar until light in color and
fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add
the melted chocolate. Gradually add in flour mixture until all combined. Line 2
baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a small bowl,
mix the sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder and sea salt. (Set aside as the rolling
mixture.) Using a tablespoon or small scoop for a consistent size, scoop the
dough and roll by hand into 1-inch balls. Coat in the rolling mixture. Place
about 2 inches apart on the 2 baking sheets. Place in refrigerator. Chill for 1
hour. (Alternately you can wrap the full batch of dough in plastic and chill
2-4 hours or overnight before rolling into 1-inch balls, etc.) Preheat oven to
350 degrees. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes.
Remove and finish cooling on wire racks. Makes about 36 cookies, depending on
The 2015 Colorado State Fair will
mark the Fair's 143rd year as Colorado's premier celebration of
agriculture. The Fairgrounds provides nearly $34 million in economic activity
to Colorado throughout the year; $29 million of that activity is driven by the
annual State Fair event. In addition to showcasing Colorado agriculture, the
annual event features one of the country’s largest traveling carnivals,
artwork, crafts, food competitions, thrilling rodeo action, a wide variety of
food and merchandise booths and a Fiesta Day honoring Colorado's ties to the
Interviews are available with General Manager, Chris
Wiseman. Contact Christi Lightcap at (720) 480-8672 or Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us.
Media outlets can apply for media credentials at http://www.coloradostatefair.com/p/news/182.