Margaret Koriak: high-school teacher and mom of two, Whitemouth, Man., Finalist, Holiday Cookie Contest. Margaret Koriak came across the inspiration for these squares on the back of a bag of raisins. At the time, she was a young girl who loved to bake but had a limited cupboard of ingredients. The first batch wasn’t particularly impressive – “rather dry and disappointing,” she recalls – but Margaret kept tinkering with the recipe. She eventually added some maraschino cherries to dress them up for a cousin’s wedding shower and was much more satisfied with the results. That version has been a family favourite ever since.