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Every cookie makes a difference!
In December 2007, Gretchen Holt-Witt set the lofty goal of baking and selling 96,000 cookies during the holidays, all in the name of funding research for pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of kids in the United States and the disease her young son was battling. Armed with the determination of a mom on a mission plus the knowledge that funds for research mean more treatment options, better survival rates, and hope for the future, Holt-Witt succeeded in selling all 96,000 cookies and raising over $400,000 for new pediatric cancer treatments.
Long after the ovens cooled, requests for more cookies along with offers to help poured in. Gretchen knew she was onto something. She and her husband Larry answered the call to action by starting Cookies for Kids' Cancer (cookiesforkidscancer.org), a national non-profit that inspires people to host bake sales of all sizes, from desktops and porches to entire corporations and communities, with some raising more than $30,000 in one day. Cookies for Kids' Cancer went on to partner with The Glad Products Company, inspiring thousands of individuals with Glad's promise to match funds raised at bake sales. The partnership has received attention from Martha Stewart, CNN, Parade, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, O The Oprah Magazine, the Today show, and more.
With experience, passion, heart, and great stories from bake sale hosts, this cookbook was created to inspire more bake sales as well as directly benefit this amazing charity. 100% of the author's proceeds and royalties will be donated to Cookies for Kids' Cancer for pediatric cancer research. The recipes include easy-to-prepare treats for cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, quick breads, and more. In addition, there are tips on starting your own bake sale and inspirational quotes and stories throughout the book.
When Gretchen Holt Witt's son was diagnosed with pediatric cancer, the number 1 disease killer of kids under 18, and learned about the lack of funding for research, she decided to hold a bake sale to raise money. In December 2007 she set a lofty goal of selling an astounding 96,000 cookies, and she succeeded in raising $400,000. After that requests for cookies and ways to help kept coming in, and Gretchen knew she was onto something. Since then, Cookies for Kids Cancer (cookiesforkidscancer.org) has held over 2,000 registered bake sale events in 49 states across the country, raising anywhere from $600 to $15,000 per event. Six hundred events were held this past November and December alone, and sales are expanding to Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.K. The charity is now sponsored by Glad (they match donations and have launched advertising campaigns), and it's gotten incredible publicity in media outlets such as Martha Stewart, CNN, Parade, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Woman's Day, Oand Oprah.com, the Today Show, and more. And it's such a great cause, actors like Joan Cusak and Jayma Mays (of the hit show Glee) have donated their time to it for morning show appearances and live Facebook promotions. The success of the organization is due in large part to Gretchen Holt Witt's expertise -- she is the marketing director for OXO Good Grips (her husband is also an executive there). This cookbook was created to directly benefit this amazing charity and help raise money for pediatric cancer research -- all of the author's proceeds and royalties will be donated to the charity. The recipes include easy-to-prepare treats for cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, quick breads, and more. In addition, there will be tips on starting your own bake sale and inspirational quotes and stories throughout the book.
Cookies for Kids' Cancer was founded on the simple premise that no one can resist the allure of a cookie and the desire to help a worthy cause. A few years and a few hundred thousand cookies later, this people-powered charity has raised millions of dollars to help fund new pediatric cancer treatments. Now, everyone can chip in for the cause with this delicious collection of bake sale favorites, including cookies, brownies, cupcakes and cakes, muffins, scones, candies, and more. All of the author's royalties go to Cookies for Kids' Cancer, so a sweet tooth is more than just an opportunity for a treatit's a chance to help kids in need.
About the Author
Gretchen Holt-Witt held her first cookie sale in 2007 after her two-year-old son, Liam, was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. To get involved in the cause or learn more, visit www.CookiesForKidsCancer.org.
Table of Contents
BROWNIES AND BARS.
CUPCAKES AND DESSERT CAKES.
BABYCAKES, MINI-LOAVES, MUFFINS, AND SCONES.
CRUNCHY, CANDY-LIKE, AND SALTY STUFF.