A cookie spectacular

Chamber of Commerce hosts member appreciation event

Wednesday afternoon, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its sixth annual Chamber Member Appreciation luncheon, with the added bonus of a friendly, yet competitive, cookie baking contest.

“This is the first time we’ve had members bake cookies for this, having done cupcakes before, and we added the baking aspect as a way to incorporate our members into the event,” said Chamber Executive Director Lynn Olberding. “The event is simply a way for the Chamber to say thank you to its members for all the things they do for us throughout the year.”

The following Chamber members participated in the cookie competition: Farmers Savings Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Pizza Hut, the Times-Republican (marketing department), Bickford Senior Living, Southridge Specialty Care, Eyecare Associates and Glenwood Place. A lunch was catered by Smokin’ G’s.

While all of these entities spent time baking, decorating and making their creations unique, Glenwood Place used a treasured recipe from one of its residents.

“We used a recipe by one of our new residents — Frieda Reno — who is 97 years old, and had run Curley’s Bakery (from 1948-74) with her husband,” said Brooke Tice, who serves as the facility’s community relations coordinator. “I baked the cookies, and she added the chocolate star centers.”

The treats, called “Million Dollar Cookies” are a sugar-based cookie with a chocolate center.

“You put the chocolate stars on the cookie while they’re still hot, so they melt into the cookie,” Tice added. “For our display, we used antique cake holders and wrote out prices that were once used in the bakery — 29 cents (for a container of cookies), plus photos we had of Frieda and the bakery.”

After the luncheon, the entries were judged in two categories: the judges’ favorite and the people’s choice, with prizes awarded to the winner in each group.

“This year is the Chamber’s 120th anniversary, so this is one of many events we will be hosting,” Olberding said. ——–

Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com