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These cookies are extra sweet for needy kids in Fort Worth

The top 12 cookies in the 2016 Very Merry Cookie Challenge
The top 12 cookies in the 2016 Very Merry Cookie Challenge

It was a toffee cookie that came out on top in this year’s Very Merry Cookie Challenge holiday bakeoff. But a few dozen needy families will get a sweet surprise as a result, too.

Central Market Fort Worth has donated $1,500 from the proceeds of the final judging event to the Goodfellow Fund, the Star-Telegram’s annual holiday charity that provides gifts for children in need in the community.

After a three-year hiatus, the Star-Telegram partnered with Central Market to bring back the popular holiday-time bakeoff for readers. Nearly 200 sweet-toothed readers paid $10 each to judge the 12 finalist cookies at Central Market’s cooking school Dec. 4. The event sold out quickly.

Winner Rachel Swift of Joshua baked up a decadent combination of dark chocolate and toffee in a rich, buttery sugar cookie base. She called them “Bunny toffee crunch cookies” after a nickname for her husband, Eric.

Swift’s winning recipe, and the 11 finalists, can be found here. .

The Goodfellow Fund was founded by Star-Telegram employees in 1912. It provides $50 gift certificates for clothing and shoes to underprivileged Tarrant County school-age children during the holiday season.

To donate, send a contribution to Goodfellows, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Or visit the Goodfellows website to make a secure credit card donation.

Happy holidays!

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.