By: Sarah and Kaitlyn
This month, Kaitlyn was reading through Cooking Light and noticed a contest they were holding called #BakeASecondBatch. In this contest, in you're encouraged to bake a second batch of cookies for someone else. It's all about paying it forward - so of course our immediate thought was, "This is the next rah rah rah!" And so it was.
We contacted Jen and she agreed that #BakeASecondBatch would be a perfect combination with rah rah rah. We love food and baking; partly because it's delicious and mostly because of food's power to bring people together. Nothing puts a smile on someone else's face quite like baked goods.
We decided to bake our second batch for our families. It's easy, when trying to spread smiles and happiness around, to forget about the people closest to you. So in honor of the Christmas spirit, we thought that we would spread a little cheer in our own families.
The first kind of cookies we set out to make were Mint Kiss Cookies. Hersey's Dark Chocolate Kisses filled with Mint Truffle are quickly becoming our new winter addiction. Try them. Our cookies, however, were not so addictive. To be honest, dear readers, they were a train-wreck. They sort of tasted like cereal. But, our families, being the awesome people they are, still tried them. The second kind we made were red velvet cookies. Although the batter was a little sketchy at first (see the playdough-like dough in the video above), they defied the odds and turned out to be a lot better than we were expecting. The biggest lesson we learned from this is to read directions before you start baking! For both of them, the directions said to refrigerate the dough for two hours. Seeing as how we started baking at 7 p.m., that didn't happen. For the recipe click here, but make sure you actually read the directions (unlike us) and prepare to refrigerate and freeze things.
Despite our cookie problems, we had a lot of fun baking them. Along with learning that reading recipes carefully is a useful life skill, we felt great about baking for others. If you're baking cookies this holiday season, take the extra time to make another batch and share your cookies with others. Isn't that what the holidays are all about?
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For more cookie fun, click here to read Jen's post!
Along with doing a rah rah rah, we also made these cookies to enter the contest. It would mean the world to us if you voted for us! Just click here.