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Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off Benefit

Who doesn’t love a good Girl Scout Cookie? Whether you’re a die-hard devotee to the classic Thin Mint or prefer something a little more decadent, like the CaramelDeLite, little is better than a box of your favorite treat delivered by your friendly neighborhood Girl Scout.

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan once again combined Kalamazoo’s love of these sweet treats with our even greater love of our community & its youth to put on an event to remember. The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Bake-Offbrought together some of the finest pastry chefs and bakers in West Michigan and challenged them to create delicious desserts based on one (or more) of their choiceof iconic Girl Scout cookies. The result, as always, wasa sea of delectable delights that had attendees wishing for bigger stomachs and looser waistbands.

While all of the treats on offer were delicious, judges somehow able to choose and awarded 1st Place to Katie Wittenberg and Mario Cruz Bravo for their Do-Si Do Crunchy Delight. They also took home the People’s Choice Award. 2nd Place went to Friendship Village’s Chefs Nicole Hassen and Jeremiah Jamieson for their Trefoils Toffee with Mocha Cream. Chef Halli Jeffery from Water Street Coffee Joint earned 3rd Place with her Thin Mint Mocha Cupcakes. Chef Paul Parrish from Principle took home the Most Creative Award for his Toffee Tastic Blondie.

The Bake-Off, which also featured both silent and live auctions, was a rousing success. Proceeds from the event will go support Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s outreach programs that provide much-needed educational & recreational opportunities for girls in the area who face a variety of financial and social challenges.

Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RENE RODRIGUEZ, STUDIO ONE

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