Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookie with Lemon Glaze Cookies: 4 oz. cream cheese 1 stick real salted butter (1/2 cup) 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 cups blueberries Lemon Glaze: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 Tbsp milk (as needed) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice Zest from one whole lemon Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. In a large bowl cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar. Add in egg and vanilla and beat together until mixed. In another medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. Mix dry ingredients into wet. Gently fold in blueberries, taking care not to smash the berries. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Do not over cook. Let cool on wire rack. To make glaze: whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add milk as needed. Do not make too thin. Drizzle on top of cooled cookies.

CENTREVILLE — Holding on to her title from last year, this year’s winning cookie entry in the Great Centreville Cookie Contest belongs to Kelsey Merkel of Centreville. Merkel impressed the judges with her Blueberry Cream Cheese Cookie with a lemon glaze. The contest was held during Centreville Day, Saturday, Oct. 28.

From the many entries, the judges narrowed it down to just five finalists. In fifth place, and the youngest contestant, 7-year-old Miles DeVilbiss entered his Halloween Sprinkle Cookies. Fourth place was awarded to Ann DeVilbiss with her S’Mores Cookie. In third was another repeat contender and the 2015 winner, 12-year-old Kailyn Bozarth and her Caramel Apple Pie Tollhouse Cookie — which she noted was unique and sweet — much like the people of Queen Anne’s County.

Mary Candella, also of Centreville, was this year’s runner up with Mom’s (Almost) Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie. Candella said she thought her cookie should represent Centreville because, “it reflects the town itself: sweet, with a little chew, sometimes with few nuts! Honest, authentic ingredients that together make something special.”

Judging was based 50 percent on taste; 25 percent on appearance; 15 percent on originality; and 10 percent on best representation of Centreville. The judges Doug Bishop, reporter at the Bay Times; Chad Cronshaw, assistant vice president at Shore United Bank; and Chris Schultz, food service manager at Pecometh Camp and Retreat Ministries and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, agreed the job of deciding was a tough one as usual.

Merkel was the defending champion from last year’s competition, and second place winner in 2015. She took home the cookie trophy and $100.

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