It’s That Time!

Feb. 28th 2013

It’s finally here!


The Belle Grove Plantation Official Cookie Contest!

Pull out those recipes, warm up those ovens and get us your best cookie recipe!


Belle Grove Plantation will be serving a snack each evening to each room. We are looking for the ultimate cookie that will be serviced for one year as the official Belle Grove Plantation cookie.


We are looking for a recipe that will use ingredients that are readily available in any market. The cookie should be a cookie that can sit on a plate for an hour or so without it losing any of it flavor or texture. Refrigerated cookies and cookie bars are not eligible.

The theme is “A Cookie that James Madison would love”. It doesn’t mean that cookie recipe has to be from the colonial period of American History. It just means that you think James Madison would love it.

Top Ten Finalist 

The Top Ten Finalist will be featured on our blog with their recipe and blog/website information.

The Top Nine Finalist who are not selected as the Grand Prize will be the official cookies for our Sunday Lemonade Socials for one year.

Grand Prize   

The Grand Prize recipe winner will be awarded a visa gift card for $100.

The Grand Prize winner will also be featured on our blog with their recipe and blog/website information.

The Grand Prize winner will be the “Official Cookie of Belle Grove Plantation” for one year and will be served each evening as the night time snack during turn down service for each room. A card will be available with the recipe and winner name and blog/website to promote their sites.

All taxes and other expenses, if any, are the sole responsibility of the winners.  This contest is void where prohibited or otherwise regulated.  All federal, state and local laws apply.


You are eligible if you are 13 years of age or older as of March 1, 2013. Anyone between the ages of 13 to 17 must have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. This parent or guardian will be responsible of all taxes or fees. Parent or guardian’s name must be submitted with the enter information or enter will not be accepted.


To see detail information, please see our Official Cookie Contest Page!


You may enter as many recipes as you wish.

There will be no entry fee for the recipes you enter.

We do ask for a small donation if you would like to consider doing so. This donation will be used as part of the funds raised to restore and preserve the history of Belle Grove Plantation and to restore the three 1700s – 1800s dependencies. Once the Summer Kitchen/Slave Quarter dependency is restore, we will use it as a small museum to house the artifacts and history of the plantation, owners and enslaved community of Belle Grove Plantation.


All entries must meet the contest requirements. Recipe entries must be cookies. No bar, biscotti, frozen, pre-made, box mix or any other innovative cookie mix creation will be accepted. Initial judging will be done by panel of judges selected by Belle Grove Plantation for appropriate use of eligible products in addition to the criteria outlined below for the finalist recipes:

  • Creativity
  • Ease of Preparation
  • Appearance

Final judging will be done by a panel of selected by Belle Grove Plantation.  The Judges will select ten (10) Finalist recipes. Decision of the judges is final in all matters relating to this Contest.


If you are one of the ten (10) selected Finalist, you will be notified via email on April12, 2013.

The ten (10) Finalist will be featured on the Belle Grove Plantation blog on April 12, 2013 with the color photograph and recipe, along with their website or blog. The final judging will occur on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The winner will be noticed by email by Sunday, April 21, 2013. The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the Belle Grove Plantation blog along with their color photograph and recipe, along with their website and blog on Monday, April 22, 2013.


If you have any questions about this Cookie Contest, before you enter, please contact us through email at

Please make sure you have read the Cookie Contest rules above before submitting your recipe. 


 For more information

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Please see our Rules and Information Page

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Thank you and Good Luck to Everyone!

Posted by Michelle Darnell | in Food and Recipes | 12 Comments »