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Resident Lucy Elrick: Winner of ‘Cookie Cook-Off’

Move over, reality shows! There’s a new bakery competition in town.

Residents submitted recipes in a Cookie Cook-Off, in which the “people’s choice” winning recipes were showcased in the community bistro and the top three entries received trophies.

“So many of our residents enjoy baking so it was a good chance to share the recipes they’ve made for years. Of course, we all enjoyed eating the cookies!” said Tammy Olson, Executive Director at The Village of Legacy Pointe.

There were seven submissions in the Cook-Off. Resident Lucy Elrick took the top prize for her thumbprint cookies. “I just love thumbprint cookies because of their versatility,” said Elrick. “The jams may be any flavor you choose. You can also use lemon curd or chocolate icing, if you prefer. You can also make these with or without the nuts and just roll them in sugar.”


Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes



  • 1 c. butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separate whites and yolks and reserve
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¼ c. finely chopped nuts
  • ½ c. jam, preserves or fruit curd



Beat butter until creamy; gradually add sugar. Add egg yolks (reserving egg whites for later) and vanilla extract. Mix out 1 cup of flour, add salt and slowly add to butter mixture. Add other cup of flour gradually. Cover and chill flour mixture and reserved egg whites at least one hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease two cookie sheets. Prepare for the rolling process by setting out low-sided bowl with lightly beaten and reserved egg whites and another low-sided bowl for the nuts. Roll dough into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls, then roll each ball into egg whites and then nuts. Place on cookie sheets two inches apart. Press thumb into each cookie before baking. Bake for 15 minutes and cool one minute on the cookie sheet before moving to wire racks for cooling. Press centers again with thumb. When the cookies are almost cool, fill centers with jam.


WLP_Bonnie-Sturm Pineapple Iced CookieBonnie Sturm placed second with frosted pineapple cookies made from a family recipe handed down to her that quickly became a favorite for her children growing up.






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