Drop in, decorate, donate more cookies
Last weekend, 85 people passed through my kitchen during the 6th Annual Drop In & Decorate Cookies for Donation.
The cookies we donated -- to two food pantries, one family emergency shelter, and six shelters for victims of domestic abuse -- were made with a whole lot of ingredients from The Perfect Pantry: 40 pounds of all-purpose flour, 17 pounds of sugar, 30 pounds of confectioners sugar, 45 ounces of meringue powder, 24 pounds of unsalted butter, pure vanilla extract, baking powder and salt, more than 3 dozen eggs and a bit of milk.
Martha Stewart, eat your heart out.
On the refrigerator door, a poster proudly displayed examples of some favorite cookies from the first five years of our cookies-for-donation tradition (which began, by the way, with six people decorating a few dozen cookies for one family shelter).
Students and chef-instructors from Johnson & Wales University took over my kitchen to make 39 batches of sugar cookie dough.
People dropped in all weekend, so you never knew who you'd meet at the decorating table...
or what they would create with pastry bags full of royal icing, colored sprinkles, and a few toothpicks.
Our cookies (more than 50 shapes) are traditional, and not-so-traditional.
The early morning wrapping crew made sure each cookie looked beautiful when it left the kitchen, on its journey to make someone happy during this holiday season.
Special thanks to everyone who wrote to tell me about a Drop In & Decorate party during the past two months. Each party was different -- some were with a few friends or family or co-workers, some were annual cookie swaps that morphed into cookie donations. You've donated to food pantries, soup kitchens, church bazaars and shelters, and every cookie was beautiful.
If you haven't yet hosted a Drop In & Decorate event, there's always time, and always a need. Agencies welcome these beautiful cookies at any time of year. I know of at least one Drop In party that's planned for Valentine's Day, and we'll be doing a Mother's Day one in my kitchen in the Spring. How about a Drop In birthday party, or workplace activity?
If you have hosted a Drop In party this year, please send a photo or two to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com, with some information about your event or a link to your own blog post. I'd love to do a bit of a round-up at the end of the month.