Well, if they are baked by Sally Amthor, the current price is $20,000.
“I thought they were putting me on,” Amthor said.
The total amount raised during Saturday’s Bee County Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show isn’t tallied yet, but this was easily a highlight of the evening.
Unfortunately, Amthor, who was entered in the adult division of the show, wasn’t there to see the ferocious bidding war for her grand champion winning peach Melba shortbread cookies.
“I have cancer, and I am taking chemo, so I try and stay away from large crowds because of my immune system,” she said.
Amthor was diagnosed last year with liver cancer.
Operating, though, wasn’t an option.
“They couldn’t operate on it because of the way it is,” she said.
The only option was chemotherapy to try and shrink the cancerous growth. While this isn’t the ideal solution, it does give her hope.
“A lot of people have it and have been cancer free for seven years,” she said.
She remains optimistic.
“I have it. I can’t change that,” she said. “I have to do what they tell me and hope for the best.”
And seeing her cookies go for 2 1/2 times as much as the grand champion steer shown by Cuatro Schauer, well, that makes her feel good.
“That just put me on the floor,” she said. “I would have been thrilled with $100. It is just a plate of cookie bars.”
And now her phone won’t stop ringing from friends.
“People keep calling me wanting the recipe,” she said, laughing. “I had a call from a friend saying, ‘I want you to bake some of those and bring them to me.’
“These are friends of mine that are harassing me.
“They are not really $20,000 cookie bars.”
If they were, then the Internet would probably not be littered with recipes for these bars.
“The recipe called for peach preserves and raspberry preserves and, of course, butter and all that other good stuff,” she said.
They might not be worth $20,000 on most markets, but items at the auction often go for far more than they are worth.
Only two items from the adult division of the Junior Livestock and Homemakers Show are typically put up for sale.
Ann Showalter, show coordinator, said that the money raised from the sale of these cookies doesn’t go to Amthor.
It goes back to the children in the form of scholarships.
“I think they just wanted to help the children,” Amthor said. “That is great. I am pleased for that.”
Showalter was even shocked at the amount for which the cookies sold.
Three years ago, the grand champion baking winner only went for about $3,000.
“It is just wonderful,” Showalter said.
Amthor said, “I just tell you, it is a miracle.
“Miracles still happen.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.