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Barnes & Noble Announces National My Cookie Story Contest Winner Jessica McGehee

February 11, 2019
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Barnes & Noble My Cookie Story Contest winner Jessica McGehee receives her $5,000 check from Neil Strong, VP of Cafe Operations for Barnes & Noble, and Kathy Ennesser, Store Manager of Barnes & Noble in Chula Vista. Credit: Paige Powell, Creative Paige Photography.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 11, 2019--Barnes & Noble, Inc.(NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced that military family wife and mother Jessica McGehee won the national My Cookie Story Contest held last December for her “Taste of Home Cookie Bar,” a cookie representing all the places her family has lived over the years. As the winner, McGehee will have a version of her cookie sold as part of the 2019 Barnes & Noble Café Holiday Menu, and was presented with a check for $5,000 on Saturday, February 9, at the Barnes & Noble Eastlake in Chula Vista, California.

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Barnes & Noble My Cookie Story Contest winner Jessica McGehee receives her $5,000 check from Neil Strong, VP of Cafe Operations for Barnes & Noble, and Kathy Ennesser, Store Manager of Barnes & Noble in Chula Vista. Credit: Paige Powell, Creative Paige Photography.

“We received many great stories and recipes from around the country telling us about the special memories and moments that come from baking,” said Neil Strong, Vice President of Café Operations for Barnes & Noble. “But Jessica’s McGehee’s submission of a cookie with ingredients representing the different places her family has lived due to her husband’s job in the military both moved us for its story, as well as impressed us for its baking creativity.”

During a special event on Saturday, February 9, Strong awarded McGehee her prize, and samples of her award-winning cookie were made available by Sweet Street. Sweet Street will also bake a version of McGehee’s cookie to be sold at Barnes & Noble Cafés next holiday season. McGehee’s award-winning recipe includes a delicious combination of marshmallows, chocolate chips, and white chocolate, as well as garnish including caramel sauce and crisp bacon, all evoking memories of places her family has lived. McGehee’s story and recipe can be seen at BN.com/MyCookieStory.

“This ‘Taste of Home Cookie Bar’ represents the four states my 7-year-old daughter has lived in as part of a military family, from the marshmallows representing our first snow in North Carolina, to the course bits of sugar on top representing the sandy deserts of Arizona,” McGehee said. “I’m so happy that Barnes & Noble and the judges recognized our story and this recipe for its cookie contest. I can’t wait for customers around the country to try the cookie over the holidays and hopefully be reminded of the service and sacrifice of military families around the country.”

Barnes & Noble’s My Cookie Story Contest gave customers a chance to share their favorite cookie stories and recipes with Barnes & Noble and a panel of nationally-renowned chefs and bakers. Submissions were accepted online and in stores from December 4 through December 17, 2018. Barnes & Noble’s panel of nationally-renowned chefs and bakers included:

Jason Arthur, Barnes & Noble Café Buyer, and a contestant on ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition. Rose Levy Beranbaum, American baker and cookbook author, including . Deb Perelman, Founder of Smitten Kitchen and cookbook author, including . Sandy Solmon, Founder of Sweet Street. Katie Workman, cookbook author of .

Customers can join the conversation about the My Cookie Story Contest on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat (bnsnaps) and Facebook, using the hashtags, #MyCookieStory and #SweetStreetOMG.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 630 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com ( http://www.bn.com/ ). The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK ® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store ®. The NOOK Store ( http://www.nook.com/ ) features digital books, periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps ™ available for Android ™, iOS ® and Windows ®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/.

Barnes & Noble ®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers ® and Barnes & Noble.com ® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK ® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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About Sweet Street

Sweet Street is the leading innovator in the dessert industry. The Company is owned and operated by Sandy Solmon and headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Sandy is also the head of research and development, leading a team of like-minded, passionate researchers and recipe developers who now bake for restaurants in over 60 countries, on every continent. Visit them at: https://www.sweetstreet.com/.

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CONTACT: Mary Ellen Keating

Senior Vice President

Corporate Communications

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

(212) 633-3323

mkeating@bn.com

Alex Ortolani

Director

Corporate Communications

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

(212) 633-3379

aortolani@bn.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA NEW YORK

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT RESTAURANT/BAR RETAIL COMMUNICATIONS FOOD/BEVERAGE BOOKS PUBLISHING OTHER RETAIL

SOURCE: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

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