The winner of the second-annual 12 Days of Cookies Contest is Jackie McCaughtry, of Oklahoma City, for her Granny's Cherry Winks Recipe.
While McCaughtry is taking home a year's supply of milk from sponsor Hiland Dairy, it's the recipe box she inherited from her grandmother, Gladys Fitler, that saved the day.
McCaughtry, 64, is a retired drama teacher, who taught 34 years between Jefferson and U.S. Grant. She said she believes those three decades teaching were the key to gaining 338 votes out of about 2,100 votes for first place.
That, and Granny's recipe box.
McCaughtry said she entered the contest last year, but finished fourth so she went to her grandmother for advice.
“I wanted to try a new recipe and figured what better place than Granny's recipe box,” McCaughtry said. “I never made anything out of that box that was bad.”
She said she had extra incentive to win for her father. She said last year, he tried all her cookies as she was working on the recipe, and once she sent it in, he checked the status of it daily. Unfortunately, he died in February at the age of 89.
“This one was for dad,” McCaughtry said. “And Granny.”