CNM Employee’s Cookies Win Best in Show at State Fair

September 14, 2016 -- If you like cookies, ask Sharon Gordon-Moffett for her recipe. Her gingersnap cookies took Best in Show at this year’s New Mexico State Fair.
September 14, 2016

Her gingersnap cookies beat out the scores of cookie entries in 25 categories to capture the title of best cookies in the state.

Gordon-Moffett, a director in Distance Learning at CNM, has always enjoyed baking. She learned the craft from her mother, using her recipes and her breadboard handmade by her father. She has a twin sister who also likes to cook and bake.

Besides the Best in Show achievement for her gingersnaps, Gordon-Moffett also won a first place for her oatmeal cookies, a first place for her Swedish rye bread and a third place for her chocolate chip cookies. Her plain cornbread – one of her favorites -- also took first place. She uses her mom’s recipes and cast iron skillet for baking. First place entries go on to compete for best in show.

Gordon-Moffett said she spent a few hours Wednesday night baking the cookies for the Thursday judging, and Sunday she baked the breads, which were judged on Monday. Her expert taster and “kitchen aid” mixer while she baked was her husband Jim Moffett, who works at CNM as a fleet maintenance supervisor in the Dean of Students Office.

She has entered her baked goods in the New Mexico State Fair for 30 years and usually takes home ribbons. This was her first Best in Show award. Judges include local chefs, celebrities and culinary teachers.

“I enter because it’s fun and I love baking,” Gordon-Moffett said.

She encourages everyone to stop by the Home Arts Building at the State Fair to see her gingersnaps. You can’t miss them. They are flanked by a big purple best in show ribbon.