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Intramural Baking Contest

March 21, 2023

Test your baking and story-telling skills during this year’s intramural baking contest!

This baking contest has two rounds. The registration deadline is March 21. May the best cookie and story win!

To register or for more information, email Matt Dudzik.

Round 1 Details

  • Item to be baked: Cookies (any kind, your best kind!)
  • Participants do not need to be present for round 1.
  • Cookies to be dropped off by March 27 at either:
    • Westville: DSAC Fitness Center by 4 p.m.
    • Hammond: FRC Fitness Check-in Desk by 5 p.m.

Round 2 Details

  • The top three finalists will move to championship
  • Date to be announced based on the finalists’ schedules
  • Finalists will present their cookies along with an urban legend about their recipe
    • Did Betty Crocker personally create the recipe for you? Did Famous Amos get famous from your chocolate chip cookie recipe?
    • Need inspiration for your urban legend? Read the $250 Cookie Recipe story below!


Is it top secret? Will you receive a plaque or an urban legend? Enter and win to find out! The winning recipe will also appear in food critic Phil Potempa’s weekly column in the Post Tribune and the online edition of the Chicago Tribune.

The $250 Cookie Recipe

The story of the $250 cookie recipe takes place in Texas in 1996. Legend has it a woman dining at a Neiman Marcus café asked for the recipe of the cookie she just ate. She was told it was 250. She thought $2.50 and when they refused to refund her, she seeks revenge by distributing an e-mail with the recipe.

Here is an example of the e-mail that was sent:

“My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because our family are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “Neiman-Marcus Cookie”. It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and they said with a small frown, “I’m afraid not.” Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, “Yes.” I asked how much, and she responded, “Two fifty.” I said with approval, just add it to my tab.

Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, “Cookie Recipe – $250.00.” Boy, was I upset!! I called Neiman’s Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was “two fifty,” and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe. I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes….the bill would stand. I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get any of my money back.

I just said, “Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I’m going to have $250.00 worth of fun.” I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman Marcus for nothing. She replied, “I wish you wouldn’t do this.” I said, “I’m sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even,” and I will.

So, here it is, and please pass it to someone else or run a few copies… I paid for it; now you can have it for free.”

PNW Intramurals

PNW offers more than 40 intramural activities at our Hammond campus: from bean bags to basketball there’s something for everyone! Stop by the FRC Building to pick up an entry form or email dudzik@pnw.edu for more info.


To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.