September is jam packed when it comes to the month long food holiday celebrations, potato month, chicken month, breakfast month, organic harvest month and my person favorite bourbon month. With all these holidays, you’d have no problem keeping yourself busy in the kitchen coming up with ideas to “celebrate”.
However there is one celebration that’s left off the lists that I want to chat about today and not only is it for an amazing cause but it gives you the excuse to make some good cookies too.
In 2008 two OXOnians (that’s what they call their employees, pretty fun right?) created Cookies for Kids Cancer after their 2 year old son was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. As a child of OXO Liam was an important member of their family and his diagnosis really effected all their employees. It’s a touching story and I just had the opportunity to hear it first hand by Liam’s Mom, Gretchen at the OXO HQ this past week.
The beginning of September is when OXO officially kicks off their campaign and show of support and like last year has invited a number of bloggers to join in the cause.
As I mentioned I had the opportunity to stop by the OXO HQ this week for the official kick-off with the one and only and amazingly talented Dorie Greenspan. Talk about a fun evening, OXO cookie tools for us to play around with and Dorie giving us a demonstration of two of her cookie recipes. I might be getting the moniker of “the cookie lady” from some of my friends but it’s always inspiring to learn tips from a pro like Dorie.
Now while I took away cookie tips from Dorie that night, what really stuck with me was Liam’s story. I had read it plenty of times but hearing it first hand makes a complete difference. I’m not a mom but it was hard to keep the tears back when Gretchen spoke about him and his short life.
How about we get on to the baking now? For this year OXO gave us a choice of three cookie baking kits and I couldn’t say no to the Spritz Cookie Set. The last time I attempted them (with my much cheaper cookie press) was a total failure, if I was going to get it to work then at the very least let me have the best tool out there.
A couple of tips I took away after my first round of dough failed miserably -your dough needs to be very very soft. If it’s crumbly it will not press, so this recipe needs to be followed to the T! The first few press with it will be a little off but the rest will come out nice and pretty, that’s just a function of the gun. Also make sure your cookies sheets are ungreased and clean. Don’t worry, they will not stick to a naked pan and don’t be tempted to put parchment or a silpat down the cookies won’t press out.
Oh and when you are ready to try more recipes, either search the hashtag #OXOGoodCookies to see who else is creating spritz cookies or follow some of the recipes in the instruction booklet OXO provides with the cookie press.
For every Cookies for Kids Cancer stickered item you see in the store and purchase, OXO will donate 25 cents in support of pediatric cancer research as part of its $100,000 pledge to Cookies for Kids Cancer. OXO is also donating $100 to each blog post dedicated to Cookies for Kids Cancer posted in September.
Double bonus, it’s #LeftoversClub time! So not only did these cookies get made for a good cause, they were sent out to Elizabeth from Jam the Blog!