Cookies for charity

Last year, the girls and I raised $350 for Helping Hoc, an organizing run by my friend Stephanie Wong. Helping Hoc helps children in Vietnam receive food, shelter, education and life-changing surgeries.

This year, we decided to fundraise alongside a friend. Tiffany of My Dirt has four awesome daughters, and the eldest, Bridgette, is travelling to Tanzania this summer with Free the Children. You can read all about her trip here

Bridgette needs to raise a LOT of money, and we wanted to help. I wanted something that my kids could help with and required a low investment, so we decided to bake and ice sugar cookies. We had done that for Helping Hoc, and hoped it would work again. 

We priced them at $5 for 3 good sized heart cookies. We expected to sell about 30 bags of 3 cookies. 

Instead, we sold 106 bags! We made a total of  cookies. That raised $530 plus another $70 that friends donated who didn’t need the actual cookies.

The girls and I were thrilled to present Bridgette with $600 for her trip. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies Ever

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper on cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven until edges are just barely touched by brown. Cool completely.

The icing is royal icing – I use one bag of icing sugar + 6 tbsp of meringue powder, then enough water. You want to have it liquid enough so that when you mix it, it settles back to smooth in about 10 seconds.

A few tips for raising money with a cookie sale:

  • Keep good notes – don’t forget who ordered how many.
  • Be prepared for second orders – once people had a taste of the cookies, a lot of them wanted more! 
  • Group deliveries by area of the city to save travel time and gas. 
  • Request payment by transfer – it saves the hassle of people having to dig out enough cash for you. 
  • Pray your oven doesn’t break down halfway through your orders like mine did! Luckily some friends were willing to wait a week for a fresh batch. 

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