Blue-Ribbon Baking

Photography By Jennifer Olson | Last Updated November 22, 2017
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Holiday cookie recipes from the Mid-State Fair top-winning Wiebe family.

Look over the results from the 2017 Mid- State Fair Home Arts Competition and three names appear consistently at the top of the heap: Brandon Wiebe of Paso Robles, Catherine Evenson of San Miguel, and Toni Wiebe of Paso Robles. It just so happens they are brother, sister and mother, respectively, and have been dominating the fair’s baking categories for decades.

“What got me started entering the baking competition was seeing a ribbon on my friend’s bulletin board. I wanted a ribbon!” says Toni Wiebe, who has entered baked goods (and won many, many ribbons) since 1969.

“Being Mennonite, our kids grew up surrounded with baking,” she says. “It’s de nitely a family tradition. As they’ve gotten older, there’s a lot of competition between all of us, but it’s fun, not cutthroat.” (She doesn’t hesitate to add that though her kids win more awards each year, her record is stronger.)

Here, the Wiebe family graciously shares secrets to baking three of their top-winning treats with Edible San Luis Obispo. With these recipes on your countertop this holiday season, everybody wins

Catherine Evenson's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Catherine has been entering baked goods in the fair for about 30 years. These rich, nutty cookies took First Place in 2017.

Brandon Wiebe's Soft Molasses Cookies

Originally made with the same molasses used as a feed supplement for cattle on the Wiebe farm, these cookies are now called “Cow Lick Cookies,” and they took First Place at the...

Toni Wiebe's Thumbprint Cookies

Don’t let their diminutive size fool you: these buttery cookies are the juggernaut of the Mid-State Fair Home Arts Competition. Toni Wiebe entered them at her first fair in 1969 and, since...
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