'Tis the season for cookies! And what better way to get delicious home-baked sweets than by donating to a good cause? This Saturday, December 14, from 2-4pm, stop by the Cookies for Kids' Cancer Bake Sale at 18 Reasons in San Francisco and help raise money to support pediatric cancer research.
Local authors and publishing-world professionals Leslie Jonath and Kim Laidlaw are the organizers of this year's event. Jonath baked purple-sprinkled butter cookies for last year's bake sale and wrote about her experience on her blog, Feed Your People. As Jonath told Bay Area Bites, "The act of creating something for someone else, with this intention in mind--you feel like you're part of something bigger, like you have some small, sweet part of this community." Or, as she wrote in the introduction to From Our House to Yours: Comfort Food to Give and Share, a fund-raising cookbook for Meals on Wheels, "When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking."
This year, to encourage families to attend, they'll have face painters on hand as well as a decorate-your-own table filled with icings, sprinkles, and sugar cookie cutouts in all shapes and sizes.
Jonath and Laidlaw are gathering a sparkly, sugar-dusted spread worthy of The Nutcracker's Kingdom of Sweets. Accomplished home bakers, local cookbook authors, and Bay Area bakeries including Napa's Model Bakery, Knead Patisserie and The Mill in San Francisco, and Oakland's Sweet Bar Bakery will all be donating their favorite treats to support this cause. And there will be more than just cookies: look for brownies, cupcakes, candies, caramels, and maybe even cake pops, all packaged in see-through cellophane bags for easy carrying, snacking, or gifting.
All purchases are by donation, and this month, corporate sponsor Glad will be matching all funds (up to $25,000), turning a $5 bag of cookies into a $10 donation.