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Cassie Pence
Daily file photo/Shane Macomber Every cookie is a winner to 18-month-old Gianna Carroll during Beaver Creek's World Best Chocolate Chip Cookie contest last year. The resort will be accepting entries again this year starting Oct. 24-28.
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BEAVER CREEK – Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster may have curbed his cookie munching habit to promote a healthy lifestyle in children (the blue muppet is now forced to call cookies a “sometimes food”), but Beaver Creek Resort is celebrating the perfect treat with a baking contest.For the second year, the resort is hosting its World Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, accepting entries only between the dates of Oct. 24-28. Last year, the resort received about 80 plates of cookies, all as distinct as the bakers who made them. Some were over-nighted from Texas, Chicago and New York, but the cookie crumbled in favor of Vail resident and chef Chris Deighan.Five finalists were selected from the 80 to bake 500 cookies for Beaver Creek Mountain’s opening day. Bakers set up decorated booths and personally handed out the samples to skiers, snowboarders and passerbys on the plaza. The public voted and Deighan won top honors, four nights lodging at a RocksResort hotel and round-trip airfare tickets on Delta Air Lines for two people. His cookie also became the official Beaver Creek cookie that’s handed out warm to guests on chilly mornings at the base of the slopes.Deighan said he spent hours and hours on research and development. He made all his friends eat cookies for weeks before turning in his entry. “People like regular cookies,” Deighan said. “They didn’t necessarily like the more exotic ones. I developed a good solid cookie and that really made a difference.”It also helped that during the finals Deighan served his chewy cookie fresh out of the oven.

“It definitely gave us an advantage,” he said.A committee will judge cookie entries on taste (50 percent), appearance (20 percent), texture (10 percent) and reproducible recipe (20 percent.) They must be chocolate chip cookies and cannot include nuts. But “secret” ingredients are not excluded, like cinnamon, oatmeal, espresso or cayenne pepper. The absolute last day for entries is Oct. 28 at noon.”Most of the entries last year were really fresh and chewy,” said Kyle Copeland of the Beaver Creek Resort Company. “Some people brought them in warm. Most judges like the traditional recipes.”Bakers who are chosen as one of the five finalist must be prepared to bring 1,000 mini sample cookies, maximum two inches in diameter, for the final competition Nov. 23, Beaver Creek’s opening ski day. The resort will provide kitchen space if needed. Finalists are responsible for baking and delivery of cookies to the booth space. Each finalist will receive $200 reimbursement for ingredients. The winning cookie again will be the official cookie of Beaver Creek’s “Operation Cookie” program – the daily distribution of fresh baked cookies to resort guests throughout the winter season. In addition, the winner will receive a trip for two to Beaver Creek in the summer, which includes lodging for two people for four nights, ground transportation (not air), two dinners at a Beaver Creek restaurant (not including alcohol), three activities.For additional information, call the Beaver Creek Information Center at 845-9090 or visit http://www.beavercreek.com.===========

Rules and regulations- Anyone is eligible to submit cookie and recipe for judging (national and local chefs, restaurants, individuals, etc.)- Entries must be chocolate chip cookies – no nuts- Entries must be a maximum size of 4 inches in diameter (size for preliminary judging)- Participants must sign recipe release form; Beaver Creek to take over recipe if chosen as winning cookie- A total of 12 cookie samples and recipe needs to be delivered (in person or overnight delivery) only between the dates of Oct. 24-28. All entries must be received by Oct. 28 at noon



– Send entries to: Beaver Creek Resort Company (located in Beaver Creek in the Beaver Creek Lodge)Attention: Kyle Copeland26 Avondale Lane, Suite 118C (is sending UPS/FedEx)PO Box 5390 (if sending US Mail)Avon, CO 81620

– For more information, call Beaver Creek Information Center at 845-9090 or visit http://www.beavercreek.com. =========== Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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