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Guy Cuts Finger, Still Wins Food Network Show

Doug Alley cleaned up with $10K prize on 'Christmas Cookie Challenge'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teacher is one tough cookie—he cut his finger on the Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge" show and still won the competition, reports the AP . Doug Alley lives in Rhode Island but teaches culinary arts at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Mass., and... More »

Secret to Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies? Bang Them

Thanks to a high-profile plug, Sarah Kieffer's recipe went viral

(Newser) - "It's all in the pan-bang," baker-blogger Sarah Kieffer says of her unusual chocolate chip cookies. The Minnesota baker's not-so-secret recipe had already been circulating on Instagram when the New York Times tested it out, and after the Times covered it, it went viral. Kieffer detailed her... More »

Trader Joe's Accused of Stealing a Popular Cookie

'Malicious and calculated to injure Pepperidge Farm'

(Newser) - In news that broke Friday—shattering the innocence of National Cookie Day —Pepperidge Farm is suing Trader Joe's over alleged cookie trademark infringement. Pepperidge Farm claims the grocery chain's Crispy Cookies are too similar to its Milano cookies, which it started selling in 1956 and registered a... More »

Inside the Story of Colorado's First 'Legal Pot' Death

The teen had no other drug in his system when he jumped to his death

(Newser) - There's a saying in the health care world: dose matters. It certainly did in the case of 19-year-old Levy Thamba, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was studying at Wyoming's Northwest College. While in Denver with friends on spring break in March of 2014,... More »

Don't You Dare Dunk 'Sophisticated' New Oreos

Apparently adults shouldn't play with their food

(Newser) - After a foray into the "red velvet" craze , Oreos are getting a skinny new look as part of a "sophisticated" design meant to appeal to grown-ups. Mondelez International Inc. says it will add Oreo Thins to its permanent lineup in the US starting next week. The cookies look... More »

Verizon Phones Raise New Privacy Fears

Company 'supercookies' can't be deleted

(Newser) - Verizon phones can apparently track you, even if you try to stop them. This month a Stanford University lawyer confirmed on his blog what cybersecurity experts have warned for a while : You can delete cookies on Verizon phones, but the company's so-called "supercookies" remain, allowing advertisers to target... More »

Revealed: How to Make Chocolate-Chip Cookies... Perfectly

No matter how you like them

(Newser) - There is no one universally perfect chocolate-chip cookie: Some of us like them soft, some crispy, some thick, some thin. Fortunately, OZY has the secrets to making them exactly the way you like, and the site is sharing its findings with the world. It all starts with the Nestle Toll... More »

Cops: Man Strangles Roomie Over 3 Cookies

Illinois man got mad when Chips Ahoy cookies went missing

(Newser) - A woman who ate her roommate's cookies got a little surprise Wednesday when he allegedly flew into a rage and tried strangling her, Gawker reports. Police say that Allen Hall, 23, discovered the three missing Chips Ahoy cookies eaten by his 49-year-old roommate for breakfast. He then repeatedly threatened... More »

New Oreo Flavor: Cookie Dough

Classic cookie gets 2 new varieties

(Newser) - In a creation the Los Angeles Times likens to "a chicken stuffed with eggs," Oreo is set to unveil a cookie dough-flavored cookie as one of two new versions of its classic cookie. The other new flavor is Marshmallow Crispy, which the New York Daily News says is... More »

What Cookies? Google, Microsoft Plot New Ways to Track You

Systems could mean big gains for tech firms

(Newser) - The Internet's biggest players are taking a bite out of cookies. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are all working on ways to track users on their own, without the help of the small data chunks that reveal online activity, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company that wins what one... More »

Cellphone Tracking Just Got Even Scarier

New software can identify all of your devices—even if they're not connected

(Newser) - It isn't just the NSA we have to worry about snooping on our cellphones now: several new start-ups are sneaking software into apps that builds individualized profiles of users' spending, browsing, and travel habits, then sells the info to advertisers. The new tech is way more advanced than old-fashioned... More »

OJ's New Crime: Cookie Theft?

Prisoner allegedly stuffed his clothes after lunch

(Newser) - OJ Simpson has managed to get himself in trouble again—from behind bars. After lunch, guards spotted the former football star, in a Nevada jail for armed robbery, concealing something under his prison outfit, according to the National Enquirer. Turns out there were more than a dozen cookies underneath, Gawker... More »

Walmart Hits Oreo-Loving Worker With Felony Charge

63-year-old fired, accused of theft

(Newser) - Walmart is slapping a former employee with felony charges after she allegedly ate the store's Oreo cookies on the job, The Smoking Gun reports. Penny Winters, 63, admits to munching on Oreos at the Indiana store but says she noticed an open bag and considered them a gift from... More »

Romney's Latest Gaffe: Dissing Local Cookies

Pennsylvania bakery outraged after he quips treats came from 7-11

(Newser) - In Pittsburgh, they're calling it "CookieGate," but fair warning, it's not exactly a serious political scandal. Mitt Romney held a tax day picnic just outside the city Tuesday, in what should have been an easy photo op, if only he hadn't mentioned the food. "... More »

Oreo Celebrates 100th Birthday

Kraft launches international marketing campaign

(Newser) - The National Biscuit Company sold its first batch of Oreos on March 6, 1912—and as the cookie's 100th birthday approaches, its makers want the world to celebrate. Kraft Foods has launched an international campaign across media new and old, centered on a birthday-party theme and complete with special... More »

Girl Scouts' Hometown Crushes Cookie Sales a relatively sacred spot: Outside Juliette Low's home

(Newser) - It's always sad when a city tells kids they can't sell sweet treats . It's even sadder when that city (Savannah) bars a famous group of kids (Girl Scouts) from selling their cookies in a relatively important place (outside the home of the founder of their organization). That's exactly the PR... More »

Woman Jailed After Girl Scout Cookie Brawl

What can you say? She must really like her Thin Mints

(Newser) - Everybody loves Girl Scout cookies, but not everybody loves them this much: A Florida woman is in jail on charges of beating up her roommate Sunday in a dispute over Thin Mints. Hersha Howard, 31, is accused of bursting into Jasmin Wanke’s room while she slept and accusing Wanke... More »

Web Firm Sells IDs, Personal Data

RapLeaf takes online tracking a step further

(Newser) - Most of us know that web firms track our interests and affiliations by following our online activity. But at least one firm, RapLeaf, follows the digital trail a step further, linking people's virtual behavior to the real world by collecting specific names and email address and selling them to advertising... More »

Bearing Cookies, Obama Spreads Cheer

President visits Boys and Girls Club, reads 'Polar Express'

(Newser) - A Washington Boys and Girls Club had an unexpected visitor this afternoon: President Obama. The Elf in Chief chatted with 6- to 11-year-olds, read The Polar Express, handed out cookies—some shaped like first dog Bo—and asked the kids what they want for Christmas. He seemed surprised when they... More »

E. Coli Fears Prompt Recall of Toll House Cookie Dough

(Newser) - Nestle is voluntarily recalling Toll House refrigerated cookie dough products after a number of illnesses were reported by those who ate the dough raw. The FDA and CDC are investigating reported E. coli illnesses that might be related, the company said. Sixty-six reports of illness in 28 states have come... More »

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