Thursday, May 31, 2012

Important Change To Our Golf Tournament!

We have changed the date of our Great American Golf Tournament!  

Great American Golf Tournament
Bradford Golf Club
Friday, October 12th
12:00 Shotgun

We also want to remind everyone that our Bake Walk for No Kid Hungry is 2 weeks away!!  

Pop into a participating business June 14th -  June 17th and receive a chocolate chip cookie with your $1 donation.  Give the Bake Walk Map a click to see whose involved, and please feel free to contact us if you would like to add your business to the list!

A special thank you to all the businesses already involved.

Monday, May 21, 2012

We Bought, We Baked, We Sold

Hosting a Great American Bake Sale is as easy as:
  1. Buy
  2. Bake
  3. Sell
  4. Myself, Mia, Jazmin and my mom Sharon
And that is exactly how we rocked out our bake table at North Andover's 40th Annual Sheep Sheering Festival raising $724 for No Kid Hungry!  Our table was loaded with some incredible product - courtesy of the imagination of my children- and come the end of the day only one basket of assorted goodies was left.    Here are some pictures from the day complete with Bake Sale Tips, of course! (Find the complete Facebook Album HERE).   

*Don't forget to jot down the super easy bake sale sell out recipe down at the bottom of the post*

If your piggybacking on a larger event, incorporate the theme into your bake sale.  Ours was at a sheep shearing festival and let's just say these guys didn't last long

If the kids come, the parents will buy!  Make it bright, put it on a stick and it will sell out every time!
Go subliminal with your messaging - say with apple shaped platters.
Put the kids to work with fun and easy tasks like putting No Kid Hungry stickers on your takeaway bags.
Scatter informational material throughout your table so people can learn while they browse.
We got LOTS of compliments on our individual cupcake packaging.  You can pick these ones up in small batches for cheap money at  FYI - the bags come with both the insert and a small sealing sticker.

Let kids 'Show Their Strength' with a Wall of Hands!
Save on table space by stacking things high! Don't have any tiers? Ask your friends and family - you'd be surprised how many you get!
Make a menu and hang it where everyone can see it!  If you have a lot of items, this is a great way to keep shoppers from being overwhelmed. It also helps when you throw the menu on an obnoxiously bright piece of cardboard ;)

Super Easy Apple Turnovers:
Makes 18

Thank You to Solo Foods for their donation to our 2012 GABS

We took our wicked pain in the neck Apple Turnover recipe and knocked it down to 4 ingredients...Sandra Lee would be proud!

Directions :
  1. Unfold your pastry sheets on a cutting board, cut into 9 squares
  2. Put a 1-2 tsp. dollop of Solo Foods Apple Pie Filling in the center of a pastry square.  Fold into a triangle, squeezing the edges together to seal. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat.
  3. Brush the tops of your turnovers with milk, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Bake at 400^ until golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Cool and package. 
  • Pastry sheets come tri-folded so if you cut along the fold lines, making 9 even squares will be a breeze.
  • Make the turnovers ONE at a time!  The longer the filling sits on the dough, the stickier it will become turning your quick and easy fold and pinch turnover into a ooey gooey mess (something we found out shortly after taking this picture...)
  • Putting the filling in the fridge beforehand will keep it from oozing out when you are sealing your edges.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Bake Sale Fever!

Our first Great American Bake Sale of the season is on the horizon and there is some serious bake sale fever going on in the Cookie Central kitchen!  We are going absolutely nuts with our menu for the day, incorporating some new fan favorites and lots of things you WILL NOT see on our menu...ever!  We are also highlighting some great new recipes using the enormous amount of product the incredibly generous Solo Foods has donated to our campaign. So bring your empty stomachs to:

Cookie Central's Great American Bake Sale
Sunday, May 20th
10:00am - 4:00pm
on The North Andover Common

Don't forget to check in on FourSquare!!

Oh Yes - These beauties will be there!!

It's been way to long since our last post! 

To follow up real quick regarding where the heck we've been: Did you know we were the Hunger Message Chair for the greatest culinary benefit of all time?  Taste of the Nation Boston took place April 19th at the Hynes Convention Center - and it was spectacular!  

Here we have our Culinary Emcee Tommy Grella yucking it up with Honorary Chef Chairs Gordon Hamersley and Jody Adams.  Stay tuned for the new TOTN Boston YouTube channel where you'll find some incredible footage of the night and interviews with some of Boston's best chefs!

BJ's Wholesale Club's Salem Taste of the Town.
BJ's has been such a huge supporter (and sponsor!) of our Great American Bake Sale campaign.  In fact, it's because of them we have the ability to host as many bake sales and promotions as we do. At this year's Taste of the Town, we decked out our table with all sorts of Great American Bake Sale and Share Our Strength swag and a small jars labeled "Coins For Kids".  Really we expected people to toss in whatever change they had, but it wasn't long before that jar was jam packed with dollars.  Without even asking we raised $60.75.  We also had the pleasure of meeting some really great people like the woman from Head Start who is planing her organizations first participation in a Cooking Matters class and another woman who has been hosting Great American Bake Sales with the children at her school. 

The big push has begun for our Community Bake Walk. If you are a North Andover business and would like to participate (for FREE), please shoot me an email at  

Community Bake Walk is scheduled for June 15th - June 17th.  All we need from participants is a small table or counter space to plop down a basket of homemade, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and a donation jar.  Details about the event can be found HERE and a printable registration form can be found HERE

We will be awarding the business that raises the most money with a Dessert Party!!

Great American Golf Tournament is Back!

Join Us:
Friday, July 13th
Bradford Golf Club - Haverhill, MA
1:00pm Shotgun  

We are currently looking for a handful of people to help with pre-event planning.  Find a full list of volunteer opportunities HERE and give us a shout if you would like to join Team Cookie Central!

If you would like to donate a gift certificate or product CLICK HERE.
CLICK HERE to see sponsorship opportunities.