Friday Food News: Cookies Across America

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Tomorrow, December 10th, is Bake a Difference Day, with Cookies Across America!

AllRecipes.com, together with Nestle Tollhouse, is asking the community of home cooks to give back to their local communities by baking and sharing cookies with the less fortunate in their communities.

How can you participate? It'??s as easy as inviting your friends and requesting everyone bring a few dozen holiday cookies to decorate with festive icing and decorative touches. Wrap up the cookies as a donation and give them to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or any other community agency. Alternatively, you may also wish to organize a food drive focused on baking ingredients'??invite friends, family, and coworkers to participate, and then donate the ingredients to your local food bank.

During their Cooking Trends, 2011 survey, AllRecipes discovered some other great cookie information!

  • Allrecipes members viewed 31 million cookie recipes in December 2010, a 21% increase from 2009
  • The weekend before Christmas, December 18th and 19th, 2010 marked the busiest days for viewing cookie recipes
  • 96% of home cooks believe sharing holiday cookies is a good way to show they care
  • Top recipients for holiday cookies include friends and family, co-workers, troops, first responders, church groups, and the postman
  • Sugar cookies are the #1 holiday cookie type. Classics such as chocolate chip, peanut butter and gingerbread also fall into the top 10 cookie recipes.

Take the pledge on Facebook, on the Cookies Across America page, to share how you are willing to help your local community!

Would this be a great project with kids to help them give back?

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans, now living in Colorado, and the author of
'??BentoLunch.net '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'? her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

Momtrends was not paid for this post.

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