We’ve all done a variation of the classic fundraiser, the bake sale. But baked goods can be used for a much larger variety of activities than just bake sales. They key is to tie in your baked item to your cause, like making ribbon cookies. Serve them at fundraising events, sell kits to make sugar cookies at home (give all components along with a ribbon cookie cutter), or just make a batch to feed your volunteers.
Sugar cookies are easy to make, but what makes them really special is that they are so easy to personalize, decorate and make unique. Dye the frosting pink for breast cancer fundraising, dye the frosting light blue for prostate cancer fundraising, dye the frosting purple for Alzheimer’s fundraising.
Here is an easy recipe for sugar cookies, and some fun ways to personalize them for your cause.
You will need:
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients (baking powder, baking soda and flour) is a small bowl and set aside. In a different bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until the combination is smooth. Beat in the egg and the vanilla, then gradually add the dry ingredients.
Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to set for two minutes before serving or decorating.
Instead of rolling the dough into balls, you can buy a ribbon-shaped cookie cutter. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out the shapes, placing them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies the same as before, but check them after about six minutes. A thinner cookie will bake faster than a rolled cookie.
Put a few drops of food coloring in vanilla frosting, and you can effectively create any color “ribbon” sugar cookies. If you are raising money for breast cancer research, color the cookies like pink ribbons. If you put the icing in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off, you have a handy, home-made piping bag.
Tie the cookies in a bag with ribbon, or use paper decorated with ribbons to wrap them up. Personalize the cookies by writing names of donors or sponsors on them, and then serve them at a walk-a-thon. Hand the cookies out as prizes for fundraising games. Top the cookies with M & M’s and use just the color of your ribbon. The possibilities are endless to make these cookies unique for your event.