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Tooky Cookie Czar promoting the bake off. Courtesy photo.




Tooky Cookie Bake Off

To register as a bakeoff participant, contact the Hopkinton Recreation Department at 746-8263 or recreation@hopkinton-nh.gov. Entry forms, recipes and cookies stored in an airtight container may be dropped off at the Slusser Senior Center (164 Houston Drive, Contoocook) on Monday, July 3, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or Tuesday, July 4, between 9 a.m. and noon. There is no cost to participate. Judging begins July 4 at noon at the Slusser Senior Center, and an awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. 




Royal cookies
Hopkinton cookie bakeoff and Cookie Czar return

06/29/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you see a man with a cape, crown and scepter roaming Hopkinton and talking about cookies, the Tooky Cookie Bake Off is drawing near. 

The bakeoff invites both Hopkinton residents and nonresidents to enter their best cookie recipes, which will be judged in adult and kid divisions at the Hopkinton family fun day on Tuesday, July 4. 
Since the bakeoff started seven years ago, it’s been promoted and emceed by the Tooky Cookie Czar, a costumed character whose identity remains a mystery. The Czar distributes bakeoff entry forms and hangs up event flyers around town and interacts with fans and bakeoff participants on his Facebook page. 
“We make it such a big deal that it’s goofy,” event coordinator Jim Lewis said. “But that’s where the magic is. It’s supposed to be fun and goofy and put a smile on someone’s face.” 
King Arthur Flour Co. in Vermont sponsors and provides the prizes for the bakeoff. The one rule for participants is that cookies must be made with King Arthur flour. 
The bakeoff has seen all kinds of cookies, including classic chocolate chip, raspberry, lemon, caramel pecan, Snickers and others. Cookies with a patriotic theme in honor of July 4 are also encouraged; past participants have done things like red, white and blue cookies and cookies shaped like an eagle. 
“It’s never the same cookies every year. People get creative,” Lewis said. “And I don’t think we’ve ever had a consecutive winner, so there’s definitely some talent out there.” 
The judges include members of the town recreation department, fire department and police department, but more judges are always welcome, and anyone who’s interested can inquire about being one. Judges will score the cookies based on texture, appearance and taste, and bonus points will be awarded for cookies with a patriotic theme. 
At 2 p.m., the Czar will announce the winners and award the ribbons and prizes: a $75 King Arthur gift certificate for the first-place winner, a $50 one for the second-place winner and a King Arthur tote bag for the third-place winner. There will also be kid-friendly prizes for winners in the kids division. 
After the awards ceremony, everyone is free to enjoy the leftover cookies. 
Lewis said the simplicity and relaxed nature of the bakeoff are what attract a growing number of participants to it each year. 
“We had more than 25 entries last year. People are becoming more aware of it,” he said. “It’s just a fun little thing, easygoing and no pressure, and I think that’s why it continues to grow.”  





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