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30 Winning Recipes from the County Fair

County fair judges are the local experts when it comes to home-baked goodies. You can count on their good taste when you bake up these blue-ribbon winners!

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First-Place Coconut Macaroons

These coconut macaroon cookies earned me a first-place ribbon at the county fair. They remain my husband’s favorites—whenever I make them to give away, he always asks me for some, too! I especially like that this macaroon recipe makes a small enough batch for the two of us to nibble on. —Penny Ann Habeck, Shawano, Wisconsin

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Blue-Ribbon Herb RollsTaste of Home

Blue-Ribbon Herb Rolls

These rolls have been a favorite of ours for nearly 25 years. I even baked them in an old wood stove when we lived on a farm. I developed the recipe using several techniques I learned while studying the art of bread making. The recipe won a blue ribbon at our county fair. —Mary Ann Evans, Tarpon Springs, Florida

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Brown Sugar Icebox CookiesTaste of Home

Brown Sugar Icebox Cookies

My daughters and I have been "fair-ly" successful competitors at county fairs and bake-offs for more than 20 years. This is one of the those winning recipes.—Eilene Bogar, Minier, Illinois

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Apricot Bubble RingTaste of Home

Apricot Bubble Ring

Both of our daughters received ribbons for this recipe at the 4-H fair. This bubble ring is perfect for serving a crowd at breakfast. —Lois Schlickau, Haven, Kansas

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Peppermint BrowniesTaste of Home

Peppermint Brownies

My grandmother encouraged me to enter these mint brownies in the county fair some years ago—and they earned top honors! They're a delicious treat to serve during the holidays. —Marcy Greenblatt, Redding, California

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Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter FrostingTaste of Home

Pumpkin Cookies with Browned Butter Frosting

The recipe for these pleasantly spiced pumpkin cookies won a champion ribbon at our local county fair. These are a family favorite, and everyone enjoys the soft, cake-like texture. —Robin Nagel, Whitehall, Montana

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Blueberry-Orange MuffinsTaste of Home

Blueberry-Orange Muffins

This recipe was given to me some time ago, and I've used it often since. In fact, it's so good that it won first prize at a county fair! Blueberries are plentiful here in the Midwest, and this is a delicious way to prepare them. —Irene Parry, Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Sesame Wheat BraidsTaste of Home

Sesame Wheat Braids

When I started making this bread, my husband and our six children liked it so much I was baking every day. I was thrilled when the judges at our county fair gave these braids a blue ribbon and best of show award! —Nancy Montgomery, Hartville, Ohio

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Cherry No-Bake CookiesTaste of Home

Cherry No-Bake Cookies

I've always loved my no-bake cookie recipe, but I was never able to place at the fair with it. So I mixed in some maraschino cherries, added a few drops of almond extract, and voila! We won a blue ribbon at the county fair in 2010. —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan

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Cheese & Garlic BiscuitsTaste of Home

Cheese & Garlic Biscuits

My biscuits won the Best Quick Bread division at my county fair. One of the judges liked it so much, she asked for the recipe! These buttery, savory biscuits go with just about anything. —Tall Pines Farm, Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio

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Spiced Almond CookiesTaste of Home

Spiced Almond Cookies

These cookies are my all-time favorite! The recipe has won ribbons at fairs and applause from family and guests alike. One of the reasons I like it is that I can make the dough and freeze it. Then, when I need another batch of cookies, I take a "log" out of the freezer, thaw it and make fresh cookies in minutes. —Wanda Daily, Milwaukie, Oregon

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Black Raspberry Bubble RingTaste of Home

Black Raspberry Bubble Ring

I first made this pretty bread years ago for a 4-H project. It helped me win grand champion for my county and took me to the Ohio State Fair. It takes some time to make, but I pull out this recipe any time I want a breakfast or dessert that will really impress. —Kila Frank, Reedsville, Ohio

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Frosted Cashew CookiesTaste of Home

Frosted Cashew Cookies

We savor these cookies every Christmas, but they're special year-round with coffee or tucked into a lunch box. I won a ribbon with these cookies at my county fair.—Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota

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Apple-Cherry Cream Cheese PieTaste of Home

Apple-Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

A layer of sweetened cream cheese topped with a tart fruit filling makes this apple cherry cheese pie popular with family, friends and co-workers. It won the blue ribbon at a local fair. —Donna L. Rettew, Jonestown, Pennsylvania

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Cookie Jar GingersnapsTaste of Home

Cookie Jar Gingersnaps

My grandma kept two cookie jars in her pantry. One of the jars, which I now have, always had these crisp and chewy gingersnaps in it. They're still my favorite cookie recipe. My daughter, Becky, used this recipe for a 4-H fair and won a blue ribbon. —Deb Handy, Pomona, Kansas

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Blue Ribbon Red Velvet CakeTaste of Home

Blue Ribbon Red Velvet Cake

This two-layer beauty features a striking red interior. It calls for more baking cocoa than most red velvet cakes, making it extra chocolaty. Feel free to change the color of the food coloring to suit the occasion. I'm proud to say that this recipe won a blue ribbon in the holiday cake division at the 2006 Alaska State Fair. I think this award winning red velvet cake recipe will be a winner in your house, too! —Cindi DeClue, Anchorage, Alaska

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Chocolaty Nanaimo BarsTaste of Home

Chocolaty Nanaimo Bars

If a pastry could be a friend, the Nanaimo bar would be my BFF. This version won Cookie of the Fair at the 2006 Iowa State Fair. —Kelly McCulley, Des Moines, Iowa

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Sweetheart CookiesTaste of Home

Sweetheart Cookies

These rounds filled with fruit preserves were blue-ribbon winners at the county fair two years running. A family favorite, they never last beyond December 25! —Pamela Esposito, Smithville, New Jersey

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Aunt Rose's Fantastic Butter ToffeeTaste of Home

Aunt Rose's Fantastic Butter Toffee

I don't live in the country, but I love everything about it—especially good old-fashioned home cooking! Every year, you'll find me at our county fair, entering a different contest. This easy toffee recipe is a family favorite. —Kathy Dorman, Snover, Michigan

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Blue-Ribbon Apple PieTaste of Home

Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie

This pie is special to me because I won a blue ribbon for it at the local fair and was able to compete at the state farm show. —Collette Gaugler, Fogelsville, Pennsylvania

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Zucchini Chip LoavesTaste of Home

Zucchini Chip Loaves

This bread has won many ribbons at our fall fair. The recipe yields two nicely spiced loaves—one for eating and one for sharing. I like to make it for family and friends. —Chantelle Ross, Forest Grove, British Columbia

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Upside-Down Apple PieTaste of Home

Upside-Down Apple Pie

This pie has won eight ribbons at area fairs. People say it looks and tastes like a giant apple-cinnamon bun. I take time off from work around the holidays to fill pie requests from family and friends. The recipe has become everyone's favorite. —Susan Frisch, Germansville, Pennsylvania

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Blue-Ribbon Rye BreadTaste of Home

Blue-Ribbon Rye Bread

My kids once had a little bread business, selling homemade loaves to neighbors and other people in the community, including this rye that won best of show at our county fair. —Susanne Spicker, North Ogden, Utah

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Amish Sugar CookiesTaste of Home

Amish Sugar Cookies

These easy-to-make, old-fashioned sugar cookies simply melt in your mouth! This is one of the best Amish cookie recipes I've ever had. I've passed this one around to many friends, and after I gave it to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won the best of show prize! —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt CakeTaste of Home

Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

Inspired by an abundance of zucchini, I found a new way to use it up in this spiced and lightly sweet cake. It even won a blue ribbon at our county fair! —Regina Stock, Topeka, Kansas

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Rhubarb-Filled CookiesTaste of Home

Rhubarb-Filled Cookies

I won a blue ribbon at our local fair for these tender cookies. They're so pretty with the ruby-red filling peeking through the dough. Try making these special cookies and watch the smiles appear. —Pauline Bondy, Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Orange Grove CakeTaste of Home

Orange Grove Cake

A few years ago, I won Best in Show in the Western Idaho State Fair for this citrusy cake with its luscious filling and creamy frosting. It’s bursting with great orange flavor from top to bottom.—Amanda Bowyer, Caldwell, Idaho

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Golden Peach PieTaste of Home

Golden Peach Pie

Years ago, I entered this pie in the Park County Fair in Livingston. It won a first-place blue ribbon plus a purple ribbon for best all-around! Family and friends agree with the judges—it's a perfectly peachy pie. —Shirley Olson, Polson, Montana

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Winning Apricot BarsTaste of Home

Winning Apricot Bars

This recipe is down-home baking at its best, and it really represents all regions of the country. It's won blue ribbons at county fairs and cookie contests in several states! Easy to make, it's perfect for potluck suppers, bake sales, lunchboxes or just plain snacking.—Jill Moritz, Irvine, California

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Marble Chiffon CakeTaste of Home

Marble Chiffon Cake

This confection’s a proven winner—it earned me a blue ribbon and was named Division Champion at the county fair! It’s my favorite. I’m the third generation in the family to make it. —LuAnn Heikkila, Floodwood, Minnesota