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Clarke County

Erica Owens, Clarke Senior Center Director, stands with two of this year’s cookie Judges.

Erica Owens, Director
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Clarke County Parks and Recreation Center
225 Al Smith Circle
Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-3572


In observance of March for Meals, the Clarke County Senior Center held its Cookie Contest on March 24th. The winning recipe – Polish Cookies – was made by Karen Chegash. In addition to her blue ribbon, she received a $35 gift card. Second Place Winner was Kitty Henry and Third place went to Earnestine Jenkins. Our Community Champions and judges for this contest were: David Weiss, Chair, and Terri Catlett, Supervisor of the Clarke County Board of Supervisors and Martha Myer, SAAA Advisory Council Member. The winning recipe was baked, and cookies were delivered to the homebound as a special treat last week.


Polish Cookies baked by Karen Chegash

With ingredients at room temperature, cream 1 lb. of butter and 1 lb. of cream cheese by mixer.   Add 4 egg yolks (slightly beaten) and 3 TBSP sugar.  Mix well.  Slowly add 5 to 6 cups of flour adding flour until the dough is not sticky.

Cover the dough and chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Take out of refrigerator 1 –hour prior to shaping.

Shaping:  Break off dough about the size of a walnut.   Roll the ball on waxed paper covered with powdered sugar.  Continue using all the dough.  Then slightly flatten each ball.  Add a little filling to the flattened ball: poppy seeds, chopped nuts, apricot or berry jam (your choice or use a variety).  Then roll up like miniature jelly roll cakes.  Brush the cookies with egg whites, dip in sugar and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes until done.

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