With Love, from BetterBaking.com

Filed under: Recipes — admin @ 8:25 am February 10, 2010

Marcy Goldman and her team at BetterBaking.com recently reached out to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with kind words and heartfelt support. From her message our common bonds became clear. Her team loves to bake while our team loves to share baked goods. And we all love children. Collectively, we hope to do what we can, using the talents we possess, to keep kids from feeling the pain or facing the fears of cancer.

And so, in Good Cookie spirit, Marcy is sharing her talent – yummy recipes from her website * – with the hope of inspiring you to support and give to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Fire up the oven with these special-for-Valentine’s-Day cookies – densely filled with chocolate chips, crisp edges that are slightly rolled and hefty and a chewy center: a super chocolate chip cookie for your collection.

Valentine’s Day Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/8 teaspoon, scant salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Cream the butter with the brown and white sugars until well blended. Stir in vanilla and egg. Fold in flour, baking soda, salt and lastly, chocolate chips. 

Form into rounds the size of a golf ball – a substantial golf ball, and place, two inches apart, on baking sheet. You should have 14 big mounds or 28, for smaller cookies.

Chill dough 20 minutes.  Preheat oven to 350.  Meanwhile, prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.

Roll dough into two inch balls and flatten down very slightly onto baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes until cookies puff up a bit.

Remove from oven and then, using a butter knife, (pull baking rack out of the oven to reach cookies safely) make a cross hatch design (like an X/O grid) on each cookie, exposing melting chocolate within. Continue baking until edges are nicely browned and top of cookies are medium golden in color, another 3-5 minutes.  Cool well on baking sheet (about 10 minutes) before attempting to remove, using a metal spatula or icing knife.

Cookies can also be brought to room temperature and flattened more to make a large, crisp, and lacy-like cookie.

Keep refrigerated.  Makes 14 large cookies or 28 smaller ones.

© This is a Marcy Goldman/BetterBaking.com original recipe
* Good Cookies, take note! Register your bake sale anytime in the month of February, and we’ll enter your name in a drawing to win a free one-year membership to BetterBaking.com, giving you access to recipes, tips, and ideas to make your baked goods better. Simply register your upcoming bake sale from now through midnight February 28th. On Monday, March 1st, we’ll draw the name of our winner and announce it on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.

The Queen City Reigns

Filed under: Bake Sale,Donations,Online donations — admin @ 10:38 pm February 8, 2010
“If it takes a village to raise a child, it’s going to take the world to find a cure for pediatric cancer.”
In Charlotte, North Carolina, for a few hours on a rainy Sunday in December, it felt as though the whole world came together to bring an end to pediatric cancer, all inspired by one little boy with one big spirit – Grier Christenbury.
A happpy snowman greets Charlotte bake sale guests.

A happpy snowman greets Charlotte bake sale guests.

Grier, a  5 year old Charlotte native, was plunged into the world of pediatric cancer at age 2, when he was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Quickly Grier’s family’s focus shifted from soccer games and school to chemo, radiation, surgery, clinical trials, and most of all, keeping the cancer far, far away from his growing body. And just as quickly, the Christenburys learned of the need for funds for new and improved pediatric cancer treatments. They hoped for new options with fewer long term side effects and risks as well as higher survival rates.
Happy hosts and hungry kids.

Happy hosts and hungry kids.

But hope alone is not enough in the world of pediatric cancer. Hope needs action. So, the Christenburys threw their support to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research. Grier’s mom Amy hosted one of the first Cookies bake sales in 2008 and planned to host another in late 2009. Then Grier was unexpectedly thrown back into battle last fall, and the focus, once again, became keeping the enemy at bay.
Nothing draws a crowd like kids!

Nothing draws a crowd like kids!

When friends in Charlotte asked what they could do to help, Amy answered, “Host a bake sale.” And, did they ever. Four weeks, hundreds of sponsors, one radio interview and two local news features later, Amy’s friend Lesa Helbein and her team of tireless (and sleep deprived) volunteers pulled off the biggest single day bake sale in Cookies for Kids’ Cancer history, raising $15,000 in just 4 hours.
Cookies + Kids + Decorations = Happiness

Cookies + Kids + Decorations = Happiness

The pictures tell the story of the holiday spirit that reigned over the Queen City on that rainy Sunday. Cookies, cupcakes, and kids with smiles greeted Charlotteans who ventured out to support the event, in the end proving that if we all do a little, together it adds up to a lot.
Kids enjoyed climbing on the fire truck.

Kids enjoyed climbing on the fire truck.

Not every bake sale is this big, with this many supporters. But every bake sale – every single one – is crucial to the world of pediatric cancer. Every penny matters, every dollar helps. Rally the people of your village and register your upcoming bake sale today
Just a few of the hundreds of Polka Dots cupcakes!

Just a few of the hundreds of Polka Dots cupcakes!

Sweet Surprises

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:31 pm February 4, 2010
Take a peek at the Vera Bradley "bake sale."

Take a peek at the Vera Bradley "bake sale."

I truly love Vera Bradley luggage. The classic lines and colorful patterns of their totes, duffles, diaper bags and key chains offer fun ways to express myself. And I love the sweet surprise of receiving new pieces for my collection. A green tote for high school graduation. A small green duffle for Christmas after college. The fabulous red pieces for my wedding. And just last year, I received a new key chain from my sister in law for my birthday. Each piece represents a bright, happy memory.

But I’ve never been more surprised or delighted by Vera Bradley than I was last fall when Cookies for Kids’ Cancer learned the team at Vera Bradley had thrown their support behind us in a BIG way. On what was otherwise a regular day of working to spread the word about the needs surrounding pediatric cancer funding, out of the blue came the news. Two pages of the Spring 2010 Vera Bradley catalog were dedicated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s “sweet” approach to raising funds for new and improved treatments for pediatric cancer. In the same vibrant colors as their fabrics, the Vera Bradley team created and photographed a beautiful bake sale with cupcakes and cookies and beautiful kids. . .our version of a recipe for happiness.

So, thank you Vera Bradley. We are humbled and grateful for your support.

If you want to see the Spring collection, go to www.verabradley.com. And if you fall in love with some of their pieces, well just stay tuned to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. . .very soon, we’ll be sharing a surprise of our own that includes a few items from the newest Vera Bradley collection {plus other fun gifts} up for grabs this spring to bake sale hosts.

It’s never too soon to start thinking about spring, bake sales and pretty, pretty luggage. We hope you’ll let Vera Bradley inspire you!

Yummy for the tummy

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:59 pm February 1, 2010

We’re looking for recipes from our bake sale hosts. I’m always asking hosts- What was your best seller and can we have the recipe? I think often because chocolate chip cookie is the ultimate-best-selling-ruler-of-bake-sales, hosts are a little shy to write back with the recipe from the back of the chocolate chip package! But yesterday, a host wrote me back with a simple, yummy recipe to share with one and all. . .she also told her bake sale story. . .

It’s through work that Kathryn Gould of Colorado knows the Geraghty family, whose daughter is currently battling cancer. After witnessing the brave fight and the intense stress the family was going through, all Kathryn needed was a newspaper article about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to know she was ready to get involved. As she said on her bake sale registration, “I read the article and decided to jump right in.”

Kathryn and her family set up a bake sale in their front yard, and in the meantime, fellow co-workers arranged for the Geraghty’s to receive a special visit from Santa while in the hospital because their young warrior’s biggest fear was that Santa would not be able to find her in the hospital. While the Gould’s raised awareness and funds, her team made sure spirits stayed high for the Geraghty’s. And with each donation, together we get closer to new and improved treatments for kids battling cancer. An amazing bit of hope for a day’s work.

But back to the recipe. . .it’s pretty amazing, too.

Oreo Bites

1 package Oreo cookies (lowfat works)
1 block cream cheese (lower fat Neufchatel works)
bark coating or white chocolate chips

Mash, process, blend or otherwise reduce the Oreo cookies to dust. Mix the block of cream cheese with the cookie crumbs until it forms a big ball (hands work best for this). Refrigerate for one hour. Remove the Oreo/cream cheese mixture from the fridge and using your hands, pinch off enough of the “dough” to roll into a 1 inch ball. Repeat using all the dough. Using a double boiler, melt bark coating or white chocolate chips, then drop the cookie balls into the melted chocolate and coat well. Once covered, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let dry. Note: white chocolate chips are the healthier option but will require refrigeration to harden. When the coating is dry, eat and enjoy!

We hope you will show your love this Valentine’s through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Send our delicious, all-natural cookies instead of flowers.  . .they taste as good to eat as they feel to give, plus your gift truly goes toward saving lives.

Host a bake sale. Donate online. Order cookies. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.