Cookies for Charity
Posted by loavesandstitches
This past week marked the beginning of our second annual fund-raiser. We started this last year with the boys because we wanted them to do some sort of service project. However, at their age, their service project options are rather limited. So, we had the idea that they could raise money by selling cookie dough and then donate the money to charity.
We gave them a couple of charity “gift” catalogs–you know, the kind where you can buy a cow or pig for a person in a third world country and give them the opportunity to change their lives. The idea was that they could choose something and we would try to raise money towards that goal. It was the year of the earthquake in Haiti and my oldest was particularly drawn to the “emergency shelter” item because he had heard us talk so much about how many people were homeless because of the earthquake.
The boys and I started making dough and freezing it. Then, we publicized it to all our friends. The boys were overwhelmed and excited by all the orders that came in. We exceeded our goal rather quickly and they were thrilled to be able to add an order of “bees” to their contribution.
I love that they have become so excited about helping people they will never meet in a country they may never travel to. In this season of thankfulness and giving, I think it is important for them to remember that those who are given much are also expected to give much. A thankful heart is also a sharing heart. Are we really thankful for what we have if we are not seeking to help those in need?
This year, I encouraged them to raise their fund-raising goal and they did–they doubled it! As a result, we have been busy making cookie dough for the past week. The oldest keeps remarking how much fun it is to make cookie dough and, of course, we’ve baked a few of each kind — you know, for quality control.
We’ve added a few more options to our cookie line-up, including a whole new category of slice-and-bake cookie dough logs. We also have a selection of gluten-free and nut-free options for those who have dietary constraints. The only thing we can’t offer is a dairy free option because we use real butter in our cookies and we are not about to change that.
We have eight different kinds of dough balls. The great thing about these is that you can bake one cookie or ten, depending on your mood and your needs. Don’t tell the boys, but I’m kinda hoping we don’t sell all these because I love to be able to just bake four cookies for us and not have 3 dozen more sitting around the house getting stale.
It is also really interesting to see what kinds of cookies are popular and which aren’t. Last year, I think half of our orders were for chocolate chip. This year, so far, out of 26 orders, we only have one chocolate chip order. Funny, huh?
And what’s up with oatmeal raisin? Does no one like oatmeal raisin cookies? Last year, we had just one order and this year, so far, none at all. Is it too healthy? I may have to do something to make these more interesting for next year.
The most interesting looking cookie is the chocolate crackle cookie. You never know what it is going to look like after you bake it. Sometimes the cracks are little and delicate, like a snowflake, and sometimes they look like some kind of prehistoric egg that’s broken open, revealing a dark, brownie-like middle. We took an assortment of cookies to the park yesterday and shared them with some friends. The chocolate crackle was the kids’ choice favorite.
Our family’s surprise favorite are these World Peace Cookies. I made these a few years ago at Christmastime and I remember being a little unimpressed by them. However, for the fund-raiser, I used real bittersweet chocolate, chopped by the husband, instead of mini chocolate chips, and I bought special flaky sea salt from England to go in them. They are Amazing – real proof that when you use quality ingredients, you get quality results. And, at this time of the year, who wouldn’t like to have a little World Peace?
If you live near me and have not yet placed an order, or would like to add to your order, we will only be taking orders until November 22. If you live far away, we are willing to ship cookies already baked via priority mail flat rate boxes. Leave me a comment if you would like to place an order and I can send you a description of all the options.
And, as always, thank you for stopping by, looking at the pictures, and reading my blog. I have really been enjoying this blog and I hope you have been enjoying it also. I wish I could give each one of you a cookie.