Martin Garcia Wins Cookie Contest

John SniffenLa Hacienda

Martin Garcia won first prize in the Just Cookies Contest for 2018.

Photo: Martin Garcia ‘s winning cookies and the mixer he won for baking them.

For a change of pace, the annual Christmas season baking contest at LaHacienda was limited to cookies only this year.

Taking top prize in the 2018 Just Cookies Contest was Family Program  Director Martin Garcia with his Stained Glass Christmas Cookies (follow link for recipe).

Elizabeth Byers of Therapeutic Activities took second place for her White  Chocolate Apricot Bars, Cat Eudy of Environmental Services won third for her Holiday Butter Cookies, and Dr. Katie McQueen placed fourth with her Sriracha  Caramel Cookies.

Staff members voted for their three top picks after tasting from among the  27 entries arranged on a long table in the festively decorated Dining Room.

In addition to the cookies, staff enjoyed hot chocolate, hot cider and eggnog prepared for the occasion.