At Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we are all about being a Good Cookie, but we cannot deny our love of a good dessert. When The Montei Foundation of Columbus, OH came to us with the idea for a Buckeye State Cookie Challenge to raise funds and awareness for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer this holiday season, we couldn’t help but think of the delicious Buckeye candy. These creamy peanut butter balls are irresistible once dipped in chocolate, and they take us back to our mom’s and nana’s kitchens around the holidays. And as much as we love the sweet candies, this holiday fundraising challenge is even more delicious. From now through December 31st, every dollar raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by Ohio residents will be matched 100%, up to $25,000, by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. It’s simple. Register to host a bake sale, then contribute to what could be a $50,000 holiday season for the state of Ohio.
To kickoff the challenge, we’re sharing our recipe for Nana’s Buckeye Candy. Below the recipe, find the official press release about the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge inspired by the Montei Foundation. We’re looking forward to a holiday season full of Ohio bake sales.
Nana’s Buckeye Candies
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners’ sugar—use your hands! Form smooth, stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate.
Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth and remove from heat.
Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball and dip into melted chocolate—do not totally cover. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30minutes to set.
Makes about 30 balls.
COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER ANNOUNCES THE BUCKEYE STATE COOKIE CHALLENGE
$25,000 Challenge Grant Inspires Buckeye State Residents to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Califon, NJ – October 31, 2011 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is pleased to announce The Buckeye State Cookie Challenge – a two month drive for residents of Ohio to support pediatric cancer research with 100% of funds raised matched by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national non-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 18 in the US. Founded by Gretchen and Larry Witt who were inspired by their son Liam’s courageous battle with cancer, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer inspires individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer through the concept of local bake sales.
The Buckeye State Cookie Challenge is simple. From now through December 31st, every dollar raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by Ohio residents will be matched 100%, up to $25,000, by a grant from The Montei Foundation of Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 2000 with funds from the Montei family, the foundation seeks to support non-profits that focus on caring for children. The foundation is eager to support the mission of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with the help of residents in the Buckeye State.
“We are excited to announce the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge and look forward to seeing the spirit of Ohio come to life with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer events,” says Gretchen Holt Witt, founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. “Every day we work to support new, less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer because every child deserves the chance to grow up. This challenge grant from the Montei Foundation will help give more kids the hope they deserve.”
In addition to matching bake sales, The Montei Foundation will match funds from Cookies for Kids’ Cancer cookie sales, which direct 100% of the profits to pediatric cancer research, as well as online donations from Ohio residents. As a special feature during the Buckeye State Cookie Challenge, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is posting a recipe for the traditional Buckeye candy on the organization’s website for supporters from Ohio and all around the country to make and share at their holiday bake sales. To register your holiday event, send cookies, make an online donation or simply get the recipe for Buckeyes, go to www.cookiesforkidscancer.org. Support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer this holiday season.
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 facts 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 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Center. For more information, visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cookiesforkidscancer and Twitter www.twitter.com/cookies4kids.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501©3 public charity. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by the law.