Thursday, December 12

Betty Crocker and Toys for Tots Cookie Exchange

 
~The following blog post contains sponsored content.  A huge thank you to my friends at Betty Crocker. Without the support of brands like theirs, we bloggers would not be able to take the time to create recipes for you all! ~  

Every year during the holidays, as a family, we like to do something to give back to our community. Not only are we helping those in need, we are teaching our kids valuable lessons in giving and compassion.

I was on the fence this year what I wanted to do, should we volunteer at a soup kitchen?  Donate money to the local food bank? When I received an email from Betty Crocker asking me to host a cookie exchange and toy drive to help support Toys for Tots, I knew this would be a fun way to give back to those children in need. 

As I was planning the cookie exchange over the last couple of weeks, I started to see local stories on our news station about how in need New Hampshire's Toys for Tots chapter was. Last year they needed an estimated 150,000 toys so that each child in need could receive just two Christmas gifts. This year? They need an estimated 300,000 toys just in New Hampshire alone! So far they have only had 10,000 toys donated, they seriously need the help this holiday season. 

I am so happy we participated in this event with Betty Crocker. It was such a valuable lesson for my three slightly spoiled kids. They are so used to being on the receiving end when it comes to gift giving. It was refreshing to see how eager they were to collect the toy donations, knowing they were going to other kids. Even my two year old, who I thought would not understand, grasped the concept.  I was so proud of my little cookie monsters and their big hearts. 

 For our exchange we not only asked our guests to bring a dozen of their favorite cookies to share, but an unwrapped children's toy to donate. During the party we  enjoyed hot chocolate complete with candy cane stirrers, listened to holiday music, played in the snow, decorated cookies.... and of course ATE tons of cookies. 

This being a party filled with children under the age of 7, there was a lot of sticky going on. I think after everyone left there was 283,480 candy sprinkles on my floor and bits of red and green frosting on every surface of the house. But it was so worth it, the kids and adults all had a blast, we had great treats to eat, and most importantly we collected a ton of new toys to be donated to Toys for Tots. 




Want to learn more about Toys for Tots or make a donation? Click HERE for more info. 

Want to know how you can host a Betty Crocker Cookie Exchange? Click HERE to sign up. The first 1000 people to host a cookie swap will get the kits sent to them from Betty Crocker. 

Need some holiday cookie baking ideas? Don't fret! Betty has you covered! Click HERE for some great cookie exchange ideas.

Or you can enter to win my Betty Crocker Cookie Exchange Kit Giveaway! Each kit contains Betty Crocker cookie mixes, frosting, a Betty Crocker spoon, an apron, a train cookie cutter, and the best part? A copy of "The Betty Crocker Big Book of Cookies". This book contains every cookie or bar recipe you need to get you through the holiday season. Not only that there are so many fun, creative ideas and cookie baking tips!


To enter to win follow the directions on the widget below. Make sure you leave a blog comment telling me what your favorite Christmas cookie is!


(Disclaimer: Betty Crocker compensated me to write this post and also provided me with a cookie exchange kit as well as sponsored this giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own.) 

71 comments:

  1. I love Peanut Butter Blossoms and Frosted Sugar Cookies!!

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  2. I have yet to meet a cookie I dont like....so I dont have a favorite!

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  3. I love gingersnap cookies. Lately though eggnog has been a go to flavor. :D

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  4. My favorite is a cherry wink cookie. Oldie but goodie.

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  5. I love making Toffee Squares at Christmas.

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  6. Peanut butter cookie with the peanut butter cup in it.

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  7. Anything with chocolate and cherry!

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  8. My favorite hmmmmm secret hershey kiss cookies

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  9. My favorites are peanut blossoms and magic cookie bars!!

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  10. my favorite cookie is pizzelles

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  11. my favorite Christmas cookie is a molasses cookie.

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  12. Chocolates chip cookie is my favorite

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  13. Pumpkin white chocolate chip - so good, and so easy!

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  14. I'm not sure I can narrow it down to just one, but I love making cake-mix biscotti, especially using lemon cake mix and mixing in cranberries and white chocolate chips.

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  15. raisin oatmeal cookies .. followed by chocolate chip :)

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  16. Piparkakut :) soo good<3

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  17. I love Snowballs or Mexican Wedding Cakes.

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  18. Snowball cookies with a chocolate center

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  19. Thick and chewy gingerbread, for sure!

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  20. I can only chose one??!! It would have to be thumbprint cookies.

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  21. I love a good sugar cookie, frosted of course!

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  22. I love Peanut Butter Temptations. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

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  23. My favorite cookie to make is Brown Sugar Pecan Rounds. They were my
    Dad's favorite, and even though he's been gone for 8 years, I continue the
    tradition, and my kids all call them Papa Frankie Cookies!
    The recipe was in the original Betty Crocker Cookie Book we used when we were little bakers.

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  24. My favorite Christmas cookie is Russian Tea Cakes!

    Michelle

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  25. rum balls

    fruitcrmble AT Comcast DOT net

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  26. Sugar cookies because they are a staple so to speak for Christmas...a tradition. :)

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  27. Mexican wedding cakes brings the memories of mom back. Every Christmas we always made them as well as candies.

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  28. Gingerbread men (and ladies) cookies! The sweet, spicy flavor, with the red and green "buttons" (M&Ms) is so good! Actually, the smell of baked gingerbread cookies is also quite delicious! :-)

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  29. Today my favorite is Snickerdoodle!

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  30. Snickerdoodle and frosted sugar cookies

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  31. My favorite Christmas cookie is the old fashioned decorated sugar cookie

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  32. I like the sugar cookies because I like to roll out the dough and make cut outs. But, the best part is decorating!!!! Love decorating the cookies, its so much fun. Thanks!

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  33. chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

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  34. love chocolate chip!

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  35. My favorite are snicker doodles! I was always a Christmas tradition for my mom and I to make a huge batch and give them to family and friends... not to mention leave a few for santa when I was younger ;).

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  36. Cherry chocolate kiss cookies (without the chocolate kiss)

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  37. Snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, Cherry Macaroons, etc. just about any kind of cookie!!! Donna d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  38. Frosted sugar cookies. marciasnapp@comcast.net

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  39. I love to bake cookies

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  40. I like sugar cookies.

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  41. I love Snickerdoodles! I just made a batch of Soft Gingerbread Cookies and they turned out so well!

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  42. I love decorated butter cookies!

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  43. Oatmeal Scotchies are my favorite Christmas cookie.

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  44. sugar cookies
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    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  45. I love cut-out / sugar cookies - whatever you call them. As long as I get to decorate!

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