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Never mind the presidential race. In the sweet-tooth sweepstakes, the Clinton chocolate chip cookie wins again.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's chocolate chip recipe was favored over Elizabeth Dole's pecan roll concoction in Family Circle's "Second National Bipartisan Cookie Cook-Off," the magazine said last week.

The first lady's recipe won the approval of 55.4 percent of readers who sent back postcards from the magazine's Sept. 1 issue, said Family Circle spokeswoman Shawn McCormack. Readers were asked to test both recipes and vote for their favorite by Sept. 9.

Of 1,611 responses, 893 chose Mrs. Clinton's cookies, and 718 chose Mrs. Dole's. Family Circle will publish the results in its Jan. 7 edition. The recipes were submitted by the staffs of the first lady and Mrs. Dole.

"That's the way the cookie crumbles," said Cathy Busch, spokeswoman for Mrs. Dole. Mrs. Clinton's spokesman, Neel Lattimore, declined to comment.

Mrs. Clinton's recipe had a few advantages. It had a baking time of only eight to 10 minutes while Mrs. Dole's cookies needed 45 minutes. The first lady's cookies each contained 65 calories and 3.65 grams of fat vs. Mrs. Dole's 91 calories and 7.68 grams of fat.

In the inaugural cookie contest four years ago, Mrs. Clinton's chocolate chip recipe defeated a recipe submitted for then-first lady Barbara Bush.

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