Enter the Duke of Cookies Holiday Contest

Prizes to be awarded in Duke employee holiday cookie bakeoff

Pre-heat your oven and make sure your pantry is stocked: Working@Duke is seeking the tastiest and most creative cookies faculty and staff can serve up.

The third annual “Duke of Cookies” contest will be held in December, when a panel of judges will crown the 2016 winner. Gather your recipes and ingredients – entering cookies is easy:

  • Complete this entry form by 1 p.m. Dec. 13.  
  • Drop off six holiday cookies between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 or from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 in Office 01 at Duke’s Human Resources Building, 705 Broad St. Parking is available for free in the visitor area.

Judging takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 with winners announced on Duke Today by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Our panel of judges includes:

  • Tracy Bethel, program manager, Duke Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Becky Hoeffler, program coordinator, Sustainable Duke
  • Mark Turner, executive chef, Duke Dining
  • Evan Tong, clinical pharmacist, Cancer Center Infusion Pharmacy

Cookies will be scored on a 25-point scale and three top entries will be selected for: Best Tasting, Best Decorated and Best Overall. Prizes include a $50 card from Duke Stores for Best Overall and $25 for Best Tasting and Best Decorated. Winners also receive printed booklets of all submitted recipes.

To be eligible for judging, participants must complete the entry form and submit cookies by 1 p.m. on Dec. 13. Dessert bars, truffles or non-cookie baked goods are not eligible in the competition.

Last year’s grand prize winner, “Browned Butter Maple Cookies,” was prepared by Debrah Suggs, a senior analyst in the Office of Information Technology. Other winners included “Winter Mint Crinkles” by Hilary Campbell and “Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Reindeer’ Cookies” by Heather Mabry.

If you think you’re baking royalty, begin your entry by completing this form.

Questions? Call Bryan Roth at (919) 681-9965.