And the Winner is….

Congratulations to

Alyssa D’Alconzo of Pennsylvania

Modern Molasses Cookies - Alyssa D'Alconzo

Her Modern Molasses Cookies are now

“The Official Cookie of Belle Grove Plantation”

 This cookie will be served each night to our guest at their turn down service on a silver tray for a midnight snack!

She will also be receiving a $100 Visa Gift Card by mail very shortly!

Recipe for her Modern Molasses Cookie

(Printable recipe available at

Ingredients (4 dozen cookies)

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons allspice

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla


2 1/2 ounces dark chocolate

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or shortening


In a medium bowl, combine first 5 ingredients; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together shortening and dark brown sugar. Beat in egg, molasses, and vanilla. Mix well.

Fold in dry ingredients and stir by hand.

Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Shape teaspoonful of dough into balls; roll in sugar.

Place balls onto cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes until set. Cool for one minute on cookie sheet and remove to wire rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, break up chocolate into small pieces, add coconut oil or shortening, and microwave on medium heat until melted.

Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over cookies.

Allow chocolate to set and store in an airtight container.


But don’t fret for the other nine top ten cookies!

These cookies will be served at Belle Grove for one year as the cookies for

our Lemonade Socials on Sundays!


Thank you to everyone for participating in our First Annual Cookie Contest!

We have really enjoyed all the cookie recipes that were submitted and

look forward to next year’s contest for some more wonderful cookies!

31 thoughts on “And the Winner is….

  1. vanbraman says:

    They look really good. A good choice. I am now hungry and may need to have a snack before bed :-).

  2. John says:

    Sweet! Pun intended! The cookie sounds deish. 🙂

  3. What a great cookie! Love replacing the shortening with coconut oil!

  4. Luddy's Lens says:


    Molasses, allspice & dark chocolate! Delicious! (I think I’ve put on five pounds just thinking about them.) Great recipe, Ms. D’Alconzo.

  5. isaiah43123 says:

    Congratulations to everyone! Wow, a lemonade social at a B&B with such history. Do you think James M. is smiling?

  6. M.M. Smith says:

    Great Cookies and so fitting that the winner is a proud graduate of James Madison University!!!!

  7. Patty B says:

    Congratulations to the winner! I may have to visit just for the cookies ~ As long as they are served on the beautiful china you are purchasing overlooking the beautiful view! LOL

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  9. Congratulations, Alyssa! They sound amazing.

  10. A hearty congratulations to the winner and to all entrants. It was hard to make a choice.

  11. gardenlilie says:

    Awesome sauce! I picked the winner, yeah! I can’t wait to make these and I think I will in June after I lose a few. Fun n good luck w/ business.

  12. Congratulations to the winner! Also, congratulations to you and your husband. The time is drawing nearer to see your goals finally reached. Good job!


  13. Yahoo! I voted for those! 😀 Congratulations!

  14. arohabahuguna says:

    mmmm….looks delish!!

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