When October rolls around in a few weeks, we will be inundated with pink. Pink ribbons will be pinned to lapels. Pink gloves and cleats will dot football fields on Sunday. A pink version of practically everything will be available in stores. Last year, I even saw a pink firetruck.
And we all know why. Pink calls to mind breast cancer and the people in our lives who have dealt with the disease either through a diagnosis or loving someone with a diagnosis. Awareness is a good thing, but before we think pink, let’s see green. Ideally, in the form of this:
September is childhood cancer awareness month. For every product you buy that bears this green sticker, OXO will donate 25 cents as part of its $100,000 pledge to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
All proceeds raised through the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign go toward disease research. The campaign has been able to fund nearly 50 research grants thanks to support from everyday people like you and me and corporate partners like OXO.
Back up a second. What does OXO and cookies have to do with finding a cure for pediatric cancer?
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by two OXO employees whose son was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. His battle with the disease inspired them to find ways to fund pediatric research, and the concept of bake sales to involve individuals, communities, and businesses was the result. You can learn more if you like at OXO Good Cookies.
Since OXO will donate $100 for every blog post dedicated to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer campaign, I baked these Classic Sugar Cookies for the cause. My efforts were aided with the use of a 3-piece cookie cutter set , icing knife, and a cookie spatula that OXO generously provided. Just FYI if you need some ideas when looking for those green stickers.
This blog post = $100 towards childhood cancer research. That is reason enough to bake any day. Enjoy!
Classic Sugar Cookies
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks butter)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
- Cream the butter, sugar, vegetable shortening, and vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl, then beat in the egg until just combined.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl and mix until incorporated.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least four hours. The dough will be very soft before it is refrigerated, and it should be hard when it comes out. It will soften up fairly quickly once it is rolled out.
- When the dough is sufficiently chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies, refrigerating the dough between rolling and cutting as needed.
- Place the cut out cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake at 325 degrees F for 12 minutes. The cookies should be set but not browned.
- Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature, then frost and decorate as desired.
I used store bought frosting on these cookies, but a recipe for Royal Icing was included with the original recipe:2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted2 large egg whites2 teaspoons lemon juiceSift the confectioners’ sugar to remove lumps. Mix the ingredients at medium speed 5-7 minutes. The icing should lose most of its sheen when done. Here a couple of other frosting recipes I have used on cookies in the past: 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted¼ cup milk⅛ teaspoon salt2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractBeat all ingredients until smooth and creamy, one to two minutes.OR¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter1½ cups confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons milk1 teaspoon vanillaBeat all ingredients until smooth and creamy, one to two minutes.
In 2014, OXO will donate up to $100,000 in support of pediatric cancer research to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer through specially marked baking tools, bake sale matches, and other fundraising efforts. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a recognized 501c(3) public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.