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What if I told you that you could raise money through Bake It Happen for breast cancer research, just by baking? No selling, no collecting money? Read on!
This is my FIFTH year helping to raise money for metastatic breast cancer research through Bake It Happen, which was started by my friend Shari Brooks in memory of her mom, Judy, who died of the disease. In 2013 I made Judy’s Chocolate Chip Banana Loaf. In 2014 I made Judy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes. In 2015 I made Judy’s Earthquake Cookies. Last year I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, and we also had Shari and her sister Stacy on the Parenting Bytes podcast to talk about their efforts. And even though Bake It Happen has raised more than $60,000 so far, I didn’t have to raise a penny myself. I just had to bake! The money comes from an anonymous donor. So how can you help raise money for this year’s recipient, The Cancer Couch?
- Sign up on the Bake It Happen website. After signing up on the website, you’ll get access to four delicious recipes.
- Share pictures of your baked goods online. Make sure to include the hashtag #BakeItHappen and tag @UBakeItHappen on Facebook or @BakeItHappen00 on Instagram. Don’t use social media? You can also email your picture to [email protected].
- Enjoy your baked goods and the warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping to raise money for a great cause!
- Don’t like to bake? Bake It Happen also welcomes your donation!
Not only does 100% of the money raised by The Cancer Couch go directly to research, but all of the money donated this year will be matched!! So, every dollar you help raise through Bake It Happen will be doubled by The Cancer Couch!
This year I decided to make Compost Cookies. The recipe on the Bake It Happen website looked very different than any cookie recipe I’ve ever made, so I was excited to try it!
I decided to go with potato chips, mini pretzels, M&M’s, and white chocolate chips. This was a really delicious combination!
A few tips I learned making the cookies:
- Make sure your butter is at room temperature.
- Mix the baking soda, baking powder, and salt together with the flour in a separate bowl before adding it to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients. The dough barely gets mixed after the dry ingredients are added, and you don’t want the baking soda and powder to all end up in one part of the dough!
- If you use pretzels, break them up before you put them into the dough. The potato chips will break up just fine in the mixer, so you can put those in whole.
- If a cookie sheet doesn’t fit into your refrigerator, don’t worry – you can put the dough on a plate. Once the dough has been in the fridge for at least an hour it’s very easy to pick up and move to a baking sheet. Just make sure you line the plate with some parchment paper so that it doesn’t stick.
- Follow the instructions about placing the dough on the cookie sheets four inches apart for baking – these cookies really spread out!
- I found 350 degrees to be perfect. 375 was too high, at least for my oven. After about 14 minutes, watch the cookies carefully!
- The cookies need to cool on the cookie sheets, so I put those sheets up on cooling racks to speed it up a bit.
These cookies are showstoppers, and I’ll definitely be making them again. The outsides get deliciously crispy, and towards the middle they’re soft and chewy. They’re a perfect mix of sweet and salty, and I can’t wait to share these! But for now, I’m home alone with all sixteen cookies. Yikes. (Update: fourteen-and-a-half.)
I really hope you’ll participate! Feel free to tag me in your photos and I’ll like or retweet them. I’m @AmyOztan on Twitter and Instagram, and @AmyEverAfter or @AmyOztan on Facebook. Together we can get even more people involved!