Holiday Cookie Contest Winners – 2017

Many thanks once again to Domino Sugar for sponsoring our cookie contest, and to our judges for making the hard decisions and choosing winners! On the panel were Delegate Luke Clippinger, Peter O’Malley of Domino Sugar, and Southern District Captain Sean Mahoney. They were tasked with determining the 3 best cookies out of 9, all which were absolutely delicious! Scroll down to find out who won, and how you can replicate their cookies for your friends and family this holiday season.img_4683

And the winners are…


White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup (85 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (210 grams) Domino light brown sugar
1/2 cup (100 grams) Domino sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (170 grams) white chocolate chips
1 cup (140 grams) peppermint crunch baking chips (see Note)
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each, followed by the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the mixer and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Mix in the white chocolate chips and peppermint chips.
Roll cookie dough into rounded tablespoons (dough will be sticky) and place on the prepared sheet pan about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using. Bake until edges just begin to turn golden, about 9-11 minutes. Let cool on the sheet pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Holiday Cookies (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)

Makes about 4 dozen large (3-4”), about 6 dozen small (2-3”)

25 ounces (5 cups) flour
112/3 ounces (1½ cup) superfine sugar
½ tsp salt
4 sticks (32 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces & softened
2.2 ounces (4 Tbsp) cream cheese, softened
4 tsp vanilla extract

Note:  For superfine sugar: add 2 cups Domino® Sugar to blender, process until fine (about 30 seconds) then measure out.

1) Whisk the flour, superfine sugar, & salt together in a large bowl. Add butter to the flour mixture, one piece at a time, while beating using an electric mixer on medium-low speed.  Continue to beat until the mixture looks crumbly and slightly wet, 1 to 2 minutes.
2) Beat in the cream cheese & vanilla until the dough just begins to form large clumps, about thirty seconds.  Knead the dough in the large bowl by hand a few times until it forms a large, cohesive mass.
3) Turn the dough out onto a clean counter and divide it into quarters.  Form each into a four-inch disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4) Ensure the oven rack is in the middle position and preheat the oven to 375.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
5) Working with one disk at a time, roll the dough out to 1/8″ thick between two sheets of parchment paper.  Refrigerate again until firm.
6) Working with one sheet of dough at a time, peel top sheet of parchment off then replace it.  Carefully flip sheet over and peel off the other sheet of parchment.  Using cookie cutter, cut out shapes and transfer to lined baking sheets, about 1″ apart.
7) Bake the cookies until light golden brown, about ten minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.  Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When cooled, the cookies can be decorated as desired.
8) Repeat with remaining sheets of dough.  Leftover pieces can be combined and reused one more time, starting with forming into 4-inch disk Step 3).
9) Once cool, decorate as desired.


Lemon Shortbread with Pistachios, Cranberries, Herbs, and White Chocolate Drizzle
2 cups flour, plus more for work surface
1.5 cups cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temp
1 cup Domino granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks, room temp
Finely grated lemon zest from 4 or 5 large lemons
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Icing & toppings:
1/4 cup (or maybe a bit more) fresh lemon juice
3.5 cups Domino confectioners’ sugar
pistachios, dried cranberries, sprigs of thyme & rosemary
6 oz. white chocolate chips
2 T. milk
1. Whisk flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Put butter and granulated sugar into large bowl and beat several minutes, until pale and fluffy. Mix in yolks, lemon zest, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and gradually mix in flour mixture. Shape into two disks; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 350. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutter to cut shapes and space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until just golden, about 12 -15 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.
3.  Stir together confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Dip surface of each cookie in icing and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and cranberries.  Add a tiny sprig of rosemary or a couple small thyme leaves. Allow lemon glaze to set.

4. Heat chocolate chips and milk in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring vigorously in between, until chips are melted.  Put in pastry bag (or plastic zipper bag and snip off end), drizzle over cookies.

In addition to the Domino Sugar products and swag, winners went home with gift certificates to the Wine Market, Das Bier Haus, and Dessert Fantasies! Sweet!

Congratulations winners, and happy holidays to all!

4th Annual Holiday Cookie Contest


Please join us for our 4th Annual Holiday Cookie Contest, sponsored by Domino Sugar Baltimore, during our final neighborhood meeting of the year on Monday, December 12th at 6:30pm at Salem Lutheran Church.

How It Works:
On Monday, December 12th, bring no less than 3 dozen cookies to the church at 6:30pm, along with a $5 entry fee and the cookie recipe (must include a Domino Sugar product). Cookies may be presented in any type of container, not to exceed the size of a standard baking sheet. At 6:45pm, a handful of special guest judges will begin to taste cookies and will then choose 3 winners by the conclusion of the meeting. Winners will receive prize baskets provided by Domino Sugars. Winners and winning recipe will be featured in the January newsletter.

Not a baker? COME EAT COOKIES! Goodie bags will be available for leftover cookies to be taken home by fellow neighbors.

Rules & Guidelines:
Contest open to Riverside residents only. Only one registrant per household. By entering, all registrants give RNA permission to include their names, photos, and recipes in future publications. HAVE FUN!

Follow this event on Facebook.

Fall Community Yard Sale – October 8, 2016


Saturday, October 8, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SELL: You can rent tables for $10 each. Scroll down to register and pay online or send your name, email address, phone number, and payment to Riverside Neighborhood Association, 200 E. Wells St., Baltimore, MD 21230 by October 1. Limited tables may be available the day of for $15 per table—but don’t wait if you need a table, they usually sell out!

BUY: Swing by the park and score some new-to- you goods.

DONATE: Want to get rid of things without the hassle of selling? Drop them off to the RNA table by 9:30 a.m. that morning. Proceeds from your donations will benefit RNA.

VOLUNTEER: Want to help? You can volunteer to help with set up or breakdown the day of the event. If you are interested, send an email to



Number of Tables:
First and Last Name:
Email Address:

***Be sure to check that your cart is correct before completing your payment. If you hit the “add cart” button twice for 1 table, it will add 2 table to your cart.

Riverside Pool is Open!

Riverside Pool Activities are in full swing beginning Thursday, June 23!

  • $2/per person per Open Swim session; or $30/season pass
  • Bootcamp and Masters Swim
    • Bootcamp is a great workout in the water Saturdays at 11am. Bring hand weights if you want more intensity. $7/class.
    • Masters Swim is a great way to swim laps with a group and a coach to guide you. Practices are held Monday-Thursday 7-8pm, Saturday 11am-12pm, and are free with pool admission. This “Adult Swim Team” affiliated with Charm City Aquatics Masters Club is a lap swimming workout program with 3 separate lanes for swimmers based on level of ability. The workout lasts 60 minutes in the deep end of the pool covering 40-80+ laps. Participants must be 18 years or older. The team hosts a 1,000 lap competition that is free and open to everyone who swims laps at Riverside pool.
  • Twilight Swim: The first adult swim of the season for ages 21+ takes place Friday, June 24th, 7pm-11pm. RSVP HERE! $5/person or $7 if you bring a cooler (NO GLASS; cans and solo cups ok).
  • Baby Country Club: Every Saturday 10am – 11am throughout the season. This is the only opportunity to take your baby/toddler into the big pool. $55/child (parents/grandparents are free); fee is for the entire summer session, no pro-rating, no exceptions.


More fun activities to come at our wonderful neighborhood pool! Stay tuned to Facebook for the latest!

riverside pool schedule

Operation Pipeline Update- June 1, 2016



WEEK OF 05/30/2016 – 06/03/2016

100 Block of East Randall Street , 1700 Block of Jackson Street

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE NO PARKING SIGNS, DAYS AND DATES. If a vehicle is parked in a “NO PARKING” Area an impedes project work, a member of the project team will attempt to locate the vehicle owner. However if the vehicle owner cannot be located, Baltimore City Traffic Enforcement will be called. Willbros will not be responsible for any action taken by Baltimore City Traffic Enforcement.

You will be contacted by Door Hangers or by phone when to schedule your service renewal.

If you any questions now or during the remaining time that Willbros will be working in your area please contact them first via email at or call

Call Jimmy McCune at 443-463-0630 or Clara Crockett 443-477-0481

South Baltimore Phase 2 Operation Pipeline

Screenshot 2016-05-12 at 8.56.09 PMMay’s newsletter will hit doorsteps the week of May 16 and will include pertinent information about the upcoming BGE gas line replacement. The area highlighted in green in the map above shows the Phase 2 boundaries with the streets to be worked on highlighted in blue. Following is an update from the contractor, Willbros, and impacts residents within the green shaded area on Randall, Marshall, Covington, and Webster Streets.

“We  will be starting our service renewals in the near future and in order for us to be most efficient at scheduling, we are trying to collect homeowners’ contact information and addresses. This information will not be shared with anyone, it is just to make sure that we can easily get in contact with you when it comes to do your pre-inspection and service renewal. This will be very appreciated and make this process go more smoothly. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Starting on Monday, May 16, we will be working on Randall Street, Marshall Street, Covington Street, and Webster Street to install the gas main. Service renewals will start on or around July 12 on E. Randall Street at Marshall Street. You will be contacted by door hangers. To schedule the exact date, please respond to the number left on the hanger.


“If any vehicles are left in violation of the NO PARKING signs , BALTIMORE CITY will be enforcing and towing.”

If you have any questions now or during the remaining time that Willbros will be working in your area please do not hesitate to contact us via email at, or call Jimmy McCune  443-463-0630 or Clara Crockett 443-477-0481.


Jimmy McCune

Community Yard Sale – April 23, 2016

It’s happening!! Are you ready to clean house? Scroll down below the flyer to reserve your space and pay today!

*Our tables have sold out, so the only remaining option is to bring your own table(s). You must still pay to sell as this is a fundraising event for our neighborhood. Thanks for your interest, and we hope to see you Saturday, April 23!

Community Yard Sale Flyer