Mary Anna King: mom of two, grandmother of three, Mississauga, Ont., Finalist, Holiday Cookie Contest. On the last day of Grade 8, more than 50 years ago, Mary Anna King dropped in on her home-economics teacher, Miss Durnan, for a final goodbye. Miss Durnan invited the young student to flip through her cookbook, and these bars caught Mary Anna’s eye. When the holidays came around that year, Mary Anna pulled out the recipe and perfected it on her first try. She’s baked the bars every Christmas since – finding time between bridge and square dancing – but she’s never been tempted to play around with the ingredients. No sense messing with a sure thing.