Sandra Armitage: small business owner, mom of three and grandmother of one, Miniota, Man., 1st place, Holiday Cookie Contest. Four years ago, Sandra Armitage’s family welcomed Ev Zschaeckel, a German exchange student, into their rural Manitoba home. Ev brought along this family recipe and helped Sandra translate it into English. At first, the cookies proved problematic – some of the ingredients just couldn’t be found – but when a German acquiantance suggested using Nutella in the filling, the recipe fell into place. Ev has since returned to Germany, but her delectable sandwich cookies remain a favourite among the Armitages, who make them not only for Christmas but for all variety of special occasions.