Pumpkin Recipe Challenge

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to win cash prizes and a chance to be featured with your winning recipe on the LIBBY’S Pumpkin nationally known website,www.verybestbaking.com.

2019 Information

Chairman: Rachel Berchtold
Wednesday, September 4, 6 pm, Freedom Hall
Grand Prize Winner on Stage:
Wednesday, September 11, 6:25 pm
Deadline to Register:
September 3, 5 pm (all entries must be pre-registered


Adult Sweet – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Adult Savory – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Junior Division (ages 10 to 17) – 1st place receives $100 in Chamber Checks / 2nd place receives $35 in Chamber Checks
Professional Division – Winner will receive $150 in Chamber Checks and an exclusive patch

Winners of the Junior, Adult Sweet, and Adult Savory categories will compete for the $150 Overall Grand Prize (also in Chamber Checks) and a plaque. The winner of the Professional Division will not be eligible for the Overall Grand Prize.

Only one entry per person. Recipes will be judged on taste, originality, and presentation. Extra points are given for theme-related recipes.

View the judging scorecard here.

Bring your dish from your original recipe to Freedom Hall on September 4 at 5:30 and 6 pm for judging.

Only original recipes created by the contestant will be judged (no exceptions)


Min. 1 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin in each entry

2 printed or typed recipes for each entry

Food can be displayed on any dish

No more than 1 dish per entry

Limit 1 entry per person

Entrants agree that, should their entry recipe become a finalist, their registration information, including but not limited to their name, address and phone number, will be shared with Nestle, in order that release documents or other forms may be forwarded to them in the hope of using their recipe on VeryBestBaking.com or other Nestle web or social media sites.  This information will not be added to any Nestle marketing lists.  Please note that this does not state or imply any promise that the recipe(s) will be used on any Nestle web or social media sites, but allows the Sponsor to release the information to Nestle should it be requested.

On Wednesday, September 11 at 6:25 pm, the Grand Prize winner will join us on the Gold’s Gym Entertainment Stage to share their winning recipe with the crowd! A free sample of the winning recipe will be provided to the first 150 festival attendees seated near the stage! The winning recipe samples will be produced by the team at Eli’s Coffee Shop.

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2019 Winners:

1st Malina George – Lucky Leprechaun Mini Scones
2nd Sophie Schneblin – Pumpkin Flutternutter Pie

Adult Savory
1st Carey Beckerdite – Top O the Mornin Pumpkin Breakfast Turnover
2nd David Ellerie – Cottage Pie

Adult Sweet
1st Shelbi Losen* – Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Cupcakes
2nd Rachel Ellerie – Irish Pumpkin Scones

1st Kristina Pearce – Pumpkin Bread Pudding with a Whiskey Glaze
2nd Aiden Lorsbach – Maple Bacon Pumpkin Fried Wontons with Sriracha Maple Syrup

* indicates Grand Prize Winner

2018 Winning Recipe

Perfectly Pumpkin Shortcake, by Chef Nicole Herren

Biscuit Ingredients
2 cups flour (1 All Purpose, 1 Cake Flour)
¼ cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup grated butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 egg for egg wash plus 1 tbs. water
Granulated sugar for sprinkling on biscuits

Pumpkin Apple Ingredients
8-10 small/medium tart apples
1 tbs. lemon juice
4 tbs. butter
6 tbs. brown sugar
½ cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cloves
Dash of salt
½ cup water

Pumpkin Whip Cream Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
1tsp. vanilla

Biscuit Directions

Combine dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Grate the butter using a cheese grater.  Using your hands mix the grated butter with the dry ingredients.  Add the wet ingredients to the mixture.  Flour a hard surface and pat down the mixture to 1/2 inch thick.  Using a biscuit cutter make biscuits, brush egg wash on biscuits and then sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Apple Directions

Peel and slice apples.  Place them in a bowl, pour lemon juice over them and set aside.  Combine the rest of the ingredients into a pan and simmer on medium heat until sauce is mixed thoroughly.  Add apples and simmer for 10 minutes or until apples are tender.  Let cool.

Pumpkin Whip Cream Directions

Whip cream with mixer until stiff peaks form.  Add in powdered sugar, pumpkin and vanilla.  Blend until combined.