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First place, 2018 – Pumpkin caramel-filled cookies

Pumpkin caramel-filled cookies, which took first place, feature pumpkin puree in the batter and cream cheese and caramel in the filling.

Pumpkin caramel-filled cookies, which took first place, feature pumpkin puree in the batter and cream cheese and caramel in the filling.(Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling)

Pumpkin caramel-filled cookies

“It’s a cookie sandwich,” said Sarah McLoud, a high school senior from Illinois who invented the prize-winning treat. “The cookie itself is pumpkin with spices in it. The filling is a caramel cream cheese sandwiched between two cookies.” One judge wrote in his tasting notes an exclamatory…



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