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Bill Plagiarizes Hill’s Cookie Recipe In ‘First Lady’ Cookie Contest

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Former President Bill Clinton submitted a recipe for chocolate chip cookies to the “First Lady” cookie contest run by the Family Circle Magazine, but it’s the same recipe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used nearly 25 years ago.

Hillary is the first female presidential nominee, so Bill is the first man called upon to participate in the “First Lady” cooking contest, run by Family Circle. But all he did was reuse the oatmeal chocolate chip recipe Hillary used to win the first-ever cookie contest in 1992.

The cookie contest became an election tradition for potential first ladies, the wives of presidential nominees, when Bill first ran for president in 1992. During that campaign, Hillary was denounced for seeming to criticize women who chose to raise their own children as homemakers.

“I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband entered public life,” she told a group of reporters during the campaign.

The Clinton recipe is the safe bet: Hillary won twice for it, beating out Barbara Bush’s  in 1992 and the pecan roll cookies of Elizabeth Dole, wife of Republican nominee Bob Dole, in 1996.

To compete with the Clinton’s oatmeal chocolate chip recipe, Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, submitted a star-shaped sugar cookie recipe. According to Regina Ragone, food director at Family Circle, says looks distinctly Eastern European, according to NPR.

People can cast their vote for the best recipe at the Family Circle’s Facebook page until Oct. 4.

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