I’m pretty sure by now everyone has heard the famous $250 cookie recipe urban legend. We all know that you’d be out of your mind to buy a cookie recipe for $250. But how about $25? Would you pay $25 for a cookie recipe? How about if you knew that the $25 was really going to charity?
My husband and I are passionate about fighting injustices in the world through participating in local and global projects around poverty, education, and human trafficking. One specific group we work with is AHEAD, an organization in Liberia, Africa that is helping their fellow Liberians in the midst of post-civil war unrest and an 80% unemployment rate (makes our economy look bustling, doesn’t it?). My hubby does computer stuff for a living, so they have asked him to come over and set up a computer network for their medical clinic so that records, prescriptions, and other data can be easily stored and shared electronically.* This will allow them to provide more and better health care to the locals. All good things, if I do say so myself.
However, as with most international trips, this one comes with quite a price tag (as in $5,000 for the airfare, room and board, and computers). In trying to figure out how to drum up some cash for his trip, it hit me. Mom’s cookies.
They’re famous in my circle. I regularly have people say, “Oh, you’re coming? Great! Can you bring some of your mom’s cookies?” They have been raffled off at auctions in the past, and I’m happy to raffle them off again.
Just look at that cookie. Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, chocolate just slightly melted but not so much that it gets lost in the rest of the dough. If perfection were a cookie, it would be this one.
I know some of my readers have never met me and have no idea who my hubby is. No matter. Whether you have met me or not, here’s what I propose to you. Click on this link to read more about my hubby’s trip. There you’ll see a link to how you can make a tax deductible donation to his trip through Facebook Causes, Paypal, or personal check.
Donate $25 to my hubby’s cause and I’ll give you the recipe for this amazing batch of cookies. Others won’t see this posted on the blog for months, but you’ll have it now, in time for the holiday season. Whether you share the secret of your awesome new treat is up to you!
Donate $50 and I’ll send you the recipe AND a roll of parchment paper to use when baking these delicious cookies! Parchment paper means no greasing your pan, and it allows you to rotate your cookies in and out of the oven more quickly because you’re able to slide the entire parchment sheet (with hot cookies!) to a cooling rack instead of letting the cookies cool on the sheet pan first.
Donate $100 and I’ll give you the recipe AND will mail you a Wilton Excelle Elite 3 tier cooling rack for cakes and cookies! It collapses for easy storage and because it stacks, it doesn’t hog all your counter space. Let the cookie making begin!
Donate more than $100 and I don’t know what I’ll do. Jump for joy? Shout out loud? Or maybe just bake some cookies in honor of you.
**** Please forward this link to your friends and family as well! Brant leaves for Liberia in just 6 weeks! ****
*Some people feel that we would be better off sending money directly to an organization and find locals to do the job, and often times, I could not agree more. In this case, this isn’t something they can do internally because no one in their area has the education to pull all this together.