The Denver Children’s Museum recently had their fundraiser gala and Jaala (Jaala’s Party Pantry) pulled together quite the event based on the book Wind in the Willows !! She thought the main characters come to life on a cookie would add a sweet touch. I tried to keep the personalities of each character in mind when designing the cookie.
The bold and fabulous Mr Toad:
These cookies took some time (understatement of the year) but when you have a design in mind and they are going to a great cause… Some day I will make myself do simple designs. But not today. To give you an feel for how a cookie comes to be, here are the steps for the rat (after baking, base flooding, and air brushing the cookies) ….
Carrie and Elizabeth are true book enthusiasts and for their wedding they wanted to create a favor that had that “snuggle.up.with.a.cup.of.joe.and.a.good.read” vibe. The couple had already found some mugs they liked so I wanted to create cookies that would fit into the cup. I thought some nice bookmarks would be clever and asked them to pick a few of their favorite books. I also included one book shaped cookie because I just couldn’t pass up the ‘chapter/page turner’ word play… Here’s the result:
The whole kit-and-kaboodle before they were heat sealed into their bags.
Since both parents are teachers, a literature/storybook theme was a perfect choice for the baby shower. It is likely that there will be many open books in this baby boy’s future. But, “In the Beginning,” this cookie will start the celebration of a new life!
The cookie itself was a brown sugar and spice version, care of cookie goddess Bridget Edwards at Bake at 350. She and her recipes are AH.mazing!
This is an organization whose cause I can “wrap my hands around”; my small contribution was cookies for their latest fundraiser. First Book gets new books to children in need. The local Buffalo advisory board has worked with school districts and partnered with businesses and community programs to do just that. It earned a 4 star rating (highest possible) from Charity Navigator- rating of non-profits on strength of their finances, control of administrative and fundraising expenses, and transparency of their operations. If you want to know more, click on this link: http://www.firstbook.org