Monday, November 12, 2007

Drop In & Decorate Cookies for Donation

Last year I volunteered to bake the cookies for a cookie decorating party and baked about a hundred cookies, give or take a dozen. It was great fun getting everyone together to decorate gingerbread and butter cookies while watching holiday movies and sipping holiday drinks. But after the party, only a quarter of the cookies were actually consumed. I wish I had heard of Drop In & Decorate earlier because it would have been a fantastic way to give back to the community by donating all those extra cookies.

Drop In & Decorate Cookies for Donation is a program created five years ago by one of my blogging buds, Lydia, the endless fount of food knowledge behind The Perfect Pantry. The idea is to bake some cookies, invite your family and friends over to help decorate them, and then donate the cookies to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or other community group. It's a great way to hold a get together and have a blast without spending too much money and give back to the community all at the same time.

This year King Arthur Flour, my favorite flour company, is partnering with Lydia to help promote Drop In and Decorate and is offering a starter baking/decorating kit to help those who would like to host their own decorating party (now through November 15 receive a free dough scraper when you order a kit by using the code Dropin).

For more information head over to Lydia's Nine Cook's website for more information.

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