Blogger represents state in cookie contest

Vera Lummis, Halecia Chugani and Irene Chin put the Colorado Columbine Cookie to the test for the cookie’s creator, Kristen Lummis.

If Colorado was a cookie, what would it taste like?

Maybe nutty? Perhaps it would need a bit of sweet color? Definitely it would be hearty enough to sustain an outdoor enthusiast after a mountain hike.

Kristen Lummis, a Colorado native and local mommy-blogger, thought hard about what kind of cookie would best represent the state when invited by Better Homes and Gardens to participate in their State Cookie Contest. Only one blogger was chosen from each state.

Lummis took inspiration from the state flower to create the Colorado Columbine cookie, a mix of white chocolate, dried blueberries, and almonds.

The white chocolate and the blueberries represent the colors of the flower petals, Lummis explained while adding that the almonds added mountain color.

Her recipe uses oats as a nod to the agriculture of the Eastern plains and a handful of dried cherries marks the fruitgrowers on the Western Slope.

The only requirement was the cookie had to be baked on the newest BHG Baking Sheet.

The winner of the contest will receive a $100 Walmart gift card and two sets of bakeware, one to keep and another to give away to a blog reader. The winning blogger will be featured on the magazine’s website and all of the recipes will be available on the site’s recipe exchange page.

“I just thought it would be fun and it’s a really good cookie,” Lummis said.

Voting takes place on the BHG Facebook page through July 27.

Lummis is the author of The Brave Ski Mom Blog, as well as a contributing writer for the New West Snow Blog, the Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas, and Colorado Ski Country USA’s Club Colorado.

She began blogging at in 2009 because so many people were interested in how she juggled her family while still finding time sink her skis into fresh powder on the Western Slope.



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