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Barnes & Noble Announces National My Cookie Story Contest Winner Jessica McGehee

February 11, 2019
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Barnes & Noble My Cookie Story Contest winner Jessica McGehee receives her $5,000 check from Neil Strong, VP of Cafe Operations for Barnes & Noble, and Kathy Ennesser, Store Manager of Barnes & Noble in Chula Vista. Credit: Paige Powell, Creative Paige Photography.
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Barnes & Noble My Cookie Story Contest winner Jessica McGehee receives her $5,000 check from Neil Strong, VP of Cafe Operations for Barnes & Noble, and Kathy Ennesser, Store Manager of Barnes & Noble in Chula Vista. Credit: Paige Powell, Creative Paige Photography.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 11, 2019--Barnes & Noble, Inc.(NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that military family wife and mother Jessica McGehee won the national My Cookie Story Contest held last December for her “Taste of Home Cookie Bar,” a cookie representing all the places her family has lived over the years. As the winner, McGehee will have a version of her cookie sold as part of the 2019 Barnes & Noble Café Holiday Menu, and was presented with a check for $5,000 on Saturday, February 9, at the Barnes & Noble Eastlake in Chula Vista, California.

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Barnes & Noble My Cookie Story Contest winner Jessica McGehee receives her $5,000 check from Neil Strong, VP of Cafe Operations for Barnes & Noble, and Kathy Ennesser, Store Manager of Barnes & Noble in Chula Vista. Credit: Paige Powell, Creative Paige Photography.

“We received many great stories and recipes from around the country telling us about the special memories and moments that come from baking,” said Neil Strong, Vice President of Café Operations for Barnes & Noble. “But Jessica’s McGehee’s submission of a cookie with ingredients representing the different places her family has lived due to her husband’s job in the military both moved us for its story, as well as impressed us for its baking creativity.”

During a special event on Saturday, February 9, Strong awarded McGehee her prize, and samples of her award-winning cookie were made available by Sweet Street. Sweet Street will also bake a version of McGehee’s cookie to be sold at Barnes & Noble Cafés next holiday season. McGehee’s award-winning recipe includes a delicious combination of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and white chocolate, as well as garnish including caramel sauce and crisp bacon, all evoking memories of places her family has lived. McGehee’s story and recipe can be seen at BN.com/MyCookieStory.

“This ‘Taste of Home Cookie Bar’ represents the four states my 7-year-old daughter has lived in as part of a military family, from the marshmallows representing our first snow in North Carolina, to the course bits of sugar on top representing the sandy deserts of Arizona,” McGehee said. “I’m so happy that Barnes & Noble and the judges recognized our story and this recipe for its cookie contest. I can’t wait for customers around the country to try the cookie over the holidays and hopefully be reminded of the service and sacrifice of military families around the country.”

Barnes & Noble’s My Cookie Story Contest gave customers a chance to share their favorite cookie stories and recipes with Barnes & Noble and a panel of nationally-renowned chefs and bakers. Submissions were accepted online and in stores from December 4 through December 17, 2018. Barnes & Noble’s panel of nationally-renowned chefs and bakers included:

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