Michelle Obama Wins Critical First Lady Cookie Contest

Michelle Obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies bested Ann Romney's M & M treats in Family Circle's contest.

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Every presidential election, Family Circle magazine hosts a cookie contest between the two potential first ladies. And this bake-off isn’t just a quaint exercise in to prove a prospective First Lady’s homemaker bona fides: the magazine has correctly predicted the results of four out of five elections. This year’s winner? Michelle Obama.

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Obama and Ann Romney both submitted recipes to the magazine; more than 9,000 people weighed in and the results were a squeaker. “Just 287 votes separated the two women, our smallest margin ever,” Family Circle reports. Romney’s M&M cookies got 48.5 percent of votes, while Obama’s white and dark chocolate chip cookies won with 51.5 percent.

(TASTE TEST: TIME tries out Michelle Obama and Ann Romney’s cookies)

The magazine has hosted a contest every election since 1992, when Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush faced off. The only year that Family Circle‘s bake off failed to predict the winner was when Cindy McCain’s oatmeal-butterscotch cookies bested Obama’s recipe for lemon and orange shortbread cookies in 2008. However, rumors swirled that McCain had cheated by copying a recipe off of a Hershey’s box.

Will Family Circle‘s election bellweather status continue? We won’t know until the polls close on Nov. 6th. Meanwhile, try both recipes and let us know which one you prefer.

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Dansby Parker
Dansby Parker

Did you know this contest was started in 1992 as a response to Hillary Clinton's statement that she would rather pursue a career than "stay home and bake cookies"? How this sexist "contest" stays going is beyond me. I guess people have short memories.

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The first lady is so inspiring. I love her intelligence, strength and ability to be who she is, even while in the limelight of the country. I love the fact that she has not conformed or downplayed her style to society's expectation. Thank first lady for being who you are and not who others think you should be!!! Crystal Watts | http://websites24seven.com 

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websites24seven.com

The first lady is so inspiring. I love her intelligence, strength and ability to be who she is, even while in the limelight of the country. I love the fact that she has not conformed or downplayed her style to society's expectation. Thank first lady for being who you are and not who others think you should be!!! Crystal Watts | http://websites24seven.com 

Kimsbenn
Kimsbenn

A true contest would be if the tasters didn't know which recipe was submitted by whom.