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MercerMe is excitedly gearing up for our 2nd Annual MercerMe Cut-Throat Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 3, 2016. While this event is open only to this year’s pre-registered participants, the Mercer County community has been joining in the virtual hype leading up to the event. 

This year, we are so excited about event-sponsor, The Gingered Peach, a bakery in Lawrenceville, which is providing an amazing grand prize and some other surprises. And Cugino’s Italian Market, in Pennington, is generously providing 3 gift baskets and some gift certificates for our winners.

Bakers have been encouraged to be creative with an original recipe, a tried-and-true favorite cookie or a totally new recipe. The rules are simple: 1) each baker is to make 63 cookies; 2) ABSOLUTELY NO:  bar cookies, brownies, store bought cookies, candy masquerading as cookies, no cake of any kind, and — most importantly — no *&&%&%^#^$%%# chocolate chip cookies.

Cookies will be judged in 4 categories:

  • Best Looking:  Last year’s winner(s) was Kurt and Sheila Reynertson.
  • Best Tasting: Last year’s winner was Beverly Mills.
  • Most Original: Last year’s winner was Lisa Wolff.
  • Best in Show: Last year’s winner was Theresa Miller.

MercerMe Cut-Throat Cookie is organized and hyped by MercerMe’s amazing Renata Barnes, columnist of MercerMe’s Taste Chase, founder of the Hopewell Valley Race and Diversity group, and Pennington native. Many thanks to Renata (and good luck to her — the completion is steep)! And thank you to the Rukensteins for opening up their home for us this year!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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