The holiday season brings lots of opportunities to raise money for special projects while having fun at the same time. Today I’ll tell you about a terrific way to host a Christmas cookie sale. We’ve done this several times at our nursing home. There’s usually a long line of people waiting for the doors to open to get the best choice of cookies!
Here’s how it’s done:
- Recruit volunteers to bake and donate a few dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies. It’s also fun to get together at someone’s house for a baking party.
- Just prior to the event, spread all of the cookies onto long sheets of white baking paper on tables in a large room.
- Give each guest a pair of disposable gloves and a small disposable cookie box. (Check to see if local bakeries will donate boxes or sell them to you at a bulk price.)
- Guests fill their boxes with a variety of cookies of their choice. The rule is that the cover needs to fit securely when the box is closed.
- Charge a flat fee for each box of cookies. (I don’t want to suggest a specific price because this will vary depending on where you live. For general ideas, you may wish to check out the prices of plates of Christmas cookies at your local grocery stores or bakeries.)
- Picking out cookies makes people hungry, so it’s a good idea to have a variety of individually wrapped items for sale at the cashier’s table. Consider brownies, cake pops, or fancier cookies.
- It’s a nice touch to have cheerful Christmas music playing in the background.
- If you decide to do this on an annual basis, I suggest you purchase your boxes on sale right after Christmas. You’ll find lots of cute holiday boxes at great prices.
To get you started, here’s my favorite rolled cookie recipe:
Rolled Sugar Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla (May substitute lemon or almond extract.)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 3/4 cup flour
Cream butter & sugar.
Add lightly beaten egg & vanilla.
Mix all dry ingredients and slowly stir into butter mixture.
Chill in fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Roll onto parchment paper lightly dusted with powdered sugar.
Cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes.
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