Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cookies, cookies and more cookies

15 dozen cookies, baked and packaged in under four hours!!! Every year my sons' preschool does a terrific fundraiser: we sell cookie and candy trays, assorted, 3 1/2 dozen for $12. The cookies and candies are donated by the families; ten dozen per family, but you can make extra if you like. I love this school, it is affiliated with the local United Methodist church, which in part supports the school with its own fundraisers every year. On Friday the parents (mostly moms) and church ladies will package all those cookies into beautiful trays. Every year I feel so good about participating in this program! We are indeed blessed by being part of this school---how many preschools do you know of that have teachers who have been there 20-30 years?

Should you ever need to bake a lot of cookies in a hurry, this is a super easy recipe for pumpkin oatmeal raisin cookies from the Krusteaz folks; you use the Krusteaz pumpkin bread mix as the base of the cookies.

From their website:

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
1 package Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
sugar (optional)Preheat oven to 375°F. Place quick bread mix and butter in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Add egg, oats, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Continue to mix on medium speed until dough forms. Stir in raisins, if desired. Using rounded tablespoon dough for each cookie, form into balls and roll in sugar, if desired. Place 2-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 11-13 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Another favorite of mine is the ones you make with a chocolate cake mix:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

* 1 box chocolate cake mix
* 2 eggs
* 1/3 cup oil

Beat everything together. Roll into 1 inch balls and coat with powdered sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten slightly.

Bake 8-10 350 F.

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