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It doesn’t matter who you vote for, you can still enjoy both candidate’s cookies

Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie won out over Trump’s star sugar cookie, according to Family Circle magazine voters.
Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie won out over Trump’s star sugar cookie, according to Family Circle magazine voters. The Christian Science Monitor

There was a presidential battle going on and many of us didn’t even know it.

Voting for the Family Circle 2016 Presidential Cookie Poll started in August and ended Oct. 4. The magazine online announced that the Clinton Family’s Chocolate Chip Cookies won the contest.

Every four years, Family Circle magazine has readers vote on cookie recipes submitted by presidential candidates’ spouses.

This go-round, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton — being the first female nominee of a major party — had her husband Bill offer what had been his wife’s cookie offering back during the 1992 and 1996 contest. (She won both times then.) For 2016, the recipe has been renamed the Clinton Family’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Republican nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, submitted her star cookies.

There appeared to be no numbers to reveal whether it was a close call or a landslide. The magazine only said “thousands cast a vote on Facebook ...”.

In case you want to try the recipes, here they are.

Melania Trump’s Star Cookies

Regina Ragone, food director at Family Circle magazine, says this recipe is very simple and seems traditionally Eastern European — dough rolled out and cut into the shape of stars.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 egg yolks, 1 egg white

2 tablespoons sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and baking soda. Set aside.

Beat butter and sugar until blended. Add egg yolks, egg white and sour cream. Beat until smooth.

Beat in flour mixture until dough just comes together. Form into 2 disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Roll out one disk on liberally floured wax paper with a floured rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch star cutter, cut out star shapes and place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with second disk. Gather up scraps, form into a disk and refrigerate.

Bake 10 minutes per batch, until lightly golden. Slide cookies onto a cooling rack and cool.

Re-roll scraps, cut out additional stars and bake. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Clinton Family's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hillary Clinton's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from 1992 and 1996 (they won both years) are back.

1 1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup solid vegetable shortening

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 large baking sheets.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.

Beat together shortening, sugars and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture and rolled oats. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop batter by well-rounded teaspoons onto greased baking sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies on sheets on a wire rack for 2 minutes. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

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