STEPHENS CITY — Judging a cookie-baking competition may seem easy, but the three lucky souls who judged the Senior Center Cookie Competition last week took the job seriously.
With a bottle of water nearby to cleanse their palates between tastings, the judges broke apart each cookie to test for texture. They sniffed. They nibbled. They asked hard questions.
“What’s the spice I’m tasting,” Stephens City Police Officer Bill Copp asked as he chewed a raisin cookie.
“Ginger,” offered Coleen McMains, owner of the Historical Homemaker Bakery and Cafe in Strasburg, which re-creates historical recipes such as Mary Todd Lincoln’s White Almond Cake and Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookie.
A service of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, the Stephens City Senior Center is in the Stephens City United Methodist Church on Main Street. The program provides activities and a hot lunch to people ages 60 and older. The center also delivers hot meals for seniors who are homebound.