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The cookie wars continue via Family Circle magazine’s “Presidential Cookie Bake-Off”, a contest that has gone on since 1992 when Barbara Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton faced off, oven mitts drawn. This time, it’s first lady Michelle Obama’s white and dark chocolate cookies — the recipe featured in Inside the Beltway on Wednesday — against Ann Romney’s M&M cookies.

Here is Mrs. Romney’s recipe, a favorite, she says, among her 18 grandchildren.

Ingredients: 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup packed light-brown sugar, 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened; 1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (such as Karo), 3 eggs, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 6 ounces chocolate chips, 2/3 cup M&M’s candies.

In a large bowl, cream sugars, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup on high speed until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix together oats and baking soda. Stir into peanut butter mixture until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and M&M’s.

Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets (about 9 per sheet). Bake at 325 degrees F for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 3 dozen.


• 75 percent of Americans give a favorable review of the health care they currently receive.

• 83 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of conservatives, 73 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of liberals agree.

• 39 percent overall give a favorable review to the nation’s current health care system.

• 47 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of conservatives, 37 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of liberals agree

• 36 percent overall give a favorable review to the new federal law making changes to the system.

• 20 percent of Republicans, 20 percent of conservatives, 59 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of liberals agree..

Source: An ABC News/Washington Post poll of 1,022 U.S. adults conducted June 20 to 24.

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