Cookies on the GO!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 10:09 am May 11, 2011

Throughout the month of May, our longtime supporters over at The Glad Products Company are matching 100% of funds raised at bake sales and other Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events, up to $225,000. It’s their biggest match ever, and it’s all in honor of Liam Witt – known to many as Prince Liam the Brave – who courageously battled pediatric cancer for 4 years. Liam’s battle ended on January 24th, and Glad committed then to honor Liam and what would have been his birthday on May 13th with their biggest match ever.

It’s taking love, sweat, and lots of cookies to reach that $225,000 match, but it’s happening – one bake sale at a time. In honor of all the moms who are packing snacks on the go for their families as they get ready for their bake sale AND for bake sale hosts looking for the perfect new recipe to feature in GladWare or Glad Bags, we wanted to share two super-yummy recipes. Give them a try today – for your kids or for your bake sale that will benefit all kids in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Gluten free white chocolate macadamia butter cookies with craisins

MAKES 51/2 POUNDS RAW COOKIE DOUGH->ABOUT 41/2 DOZEN 3- TO 31/2-INCH COOKIES

½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature

3 cups macadamia nut butter (MY YIELD WAS 21/2 CUPS NUT BUTTER; I THINK THE RECIPE SHOULD CALL FOR 4 CUPS MACADAMIA NUTS, THEN GRIND THEM BELOW)

1¼ cups brown sugar

1¼ cups sugar (granulated)

4 eggs

1 T vanilla

5½ cups gluten free flour mix, such as Bob’s Red Mill All

Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour

2 t gluten free baking powder

2 t baking soda

½ tablespoon salt

1½ cups white chocolate chips (I USED THE WHOLE 12-OUNCE BAG)

1½ cups craisins (I USED A 6-OUNCE BAG)

1. Grind 4 cups of nuts to yield about 3 cups of nut butter.

2. In a medium size bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder,

baking soda, and salt.

3. Add the butter and the macadamia nut butter to a mixer bowl and cream together on medium speed, do not whip.

4. Add both sugars to the butters and mix on medium low to incorporate.

5. Slowly mix in the eggs, one at a time, and then add in the vanilla into the bowl to bring together.

6. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and mix to bring together, gently mix in the white chocolate chips and cranberries. Spoon into a bowl of granulated sugar and roll to coat, place onto a parchment lined baking sheet (for easy clean up) and bake in preheated 325° oven for 15 minutes or until cracks have developed on top of the cookies. (I BAKED 1 BATCH AT A TIME; SOME NEEDED A HAIR LONGER)

7. Remove from oven and let cool.

Fluffernutter Crunch Brownies Recipe

1. Bake regular brownies in a 9 x 13 pan. Let them cool.

2. Spread a layer of marshmallow fluff on cooled brownies.

3. Melt a 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips and stir in 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of Rice Krispies. Spread over the fluff.

4. Refrigerate until firm.

Happy Baking! It’s not to late to plan your May event. Join us today and be a Good Cookie!

Denny’s of Central and Western New York partners with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer in May

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 11:49 am May 5, 2011

Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NY (date) – 31 Denny’s restaurants in Central and Western New York will join the fight against pediatric cancer throughout the month of May by teaming up with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new treatments for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children in the US.
The event will take place from May 5th through June 1st at Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse area Denny’s. Customers at participating Denny’s restaurants will be encouraged to make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and in exchange, each customer’s name will be placed on the Denny’s “Wall of Good Cookies”.

“We are excited to be working with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer on such a meaningful and important mission. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s multi-billion dollar budget goes to all types of pediatric cancer even though pediatric cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the US,” says Glenn Beattie, a franchisee who operates the 31 Denny’s restaurants in Western and Central New York that will be participating in this event. “Denny’s hopes that by introducing our customers to this cause, we can help Cookies for Kids’ Cancer make a difference and raise much needed funds.”

“The support of individuals and businesses is vitally important to the fight against childhood cancer. Basically, it’s up to us to make up the difference from the lack of funding that is directed at childhood cancer. Without businesses like Denny’s who are willing to take a stand for children, who are our future, fighting this relentless disease is nearly impossible. We salute this group of Denny’s for caring enough to want to get involved and are grateful for their support,” commented Gretchen Witt, Founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

About Denny’s.
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating more than 1,600 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com.

About Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by parents inspired by their son’s fight against cancer. Today pediatric cancer remains the number one disease killer of children in the United States, due in large part to a lack of funding for research into new and improved therapies. Through the concept of local bake sales and online cookie sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer inspires individuals, organizations, and businesses to join in the fight against pediatric cancer by raising the funds and awareness necessary to change the face of pediatric cancer and provide more families with the hope they deserve. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer grants funds raised to leading pediatric cancer research facilities including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Dana Farber Cancer Center. For more information, visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cookiesforkidscancer and Twitter at www.twitter.com/cookies4kids.

The organization is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Denny's Supports Cookies for Kids' Cancer

A Day Off in the life of a Good Cookie

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 5:50 pm May 1, 2011

By Lauren Verlander, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer volunteer

If you could get a day off, what would you do?  Head to the spa,  run towards the mall, hide yourself in the corner of a bookstore and catch up on celebrity gossip magazines? How about getting up while it’s still dark and joining forces with ladies from all over your area to bake thousands of cookies?  That’s what I did last spring on my “day off.”

The day started off a little crazy, but once I managed to correctly use my GPS to navigate the one-way streets of uptown Charlotte, things calmed down.  I live in the suburbs and my SUV gets a little nervous when we venture into the big city.  She and I finally made it to Johnson & Wales, a culinary school that donated kitchen space for our cookie-baking extravaganza, and the fun began.

If you think your house smells good after an afternoon of baking, imagine what three commercial kitchens smell like when their ovens are full of warm cookie dough.  It’s heaven.  My job for the day was to organize all of our volunteers.  Rocking a white hair net and plastic gloves, I was overwhelmed by the flood of women coming through the doors.  They choose to bake on their day off.  And bake we did.

Not only did we bake, we also packaged our cookies into neat little containers, complete with a brown Cookies For Kids Cancer sticker.  By the end of the day we had 10,000 cookies, packaged and ready to be sold at bake sales all over the Charlotte area in coming days.  What a sense of accomplishment.  We made cookies, but we also made friends.  One of the women I met that day ended up being my daughter’s pre-school teacher.  Imagine the comfort I felt knowing my child would be spending her Tuesdays & Thursdays with such a GOOD COOKIE!

What will you do on your next day off?