Candy Corny Cookies for Ottawa Cookie Jam 2013

October 16, 2013

Early in October I had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Cookie Jam held in Ottawa.  This event was a fund raiser for the Parkdale United Church’s *In from the Cold* ministry and was organized and exceptionally executed by Jess Dunkin who was inspired by the Cookie Jam held in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia by Karen Foster.

What is a Cookie Jam you ask?  Well, basically it’s a gathering of bakers and tasters who come together to raise funds for a specific purpose.  Bakers register for the event and bring 26 home made cookies.  Two cookies are submitted for judging by a panel of nine local personalities in one of six different categories.  For a cost of $6.00 tasters receive 8 tickets and after browsing all the baker’s tables, they submit their tickets to the bakers and receive one of the baker’s cookies.  It’s a fabulous and fun way to bring people together for a common cause.

I participated as a baker and entered a decorated gluten free version of my *Candy Corny* Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies in the competition.  I didn’t win in this category but everyone who attended either as bakers or tasters were winners in my book because Jess’ first Ottawa Cookie Jam event raised over $1189.00 for *In from the Cold*

Having attended a similar event years ago only with cupcakes at the Ottawa Cupcake Camp, I knew that there was a chance of there not being enough cookies for all those who purchased tickets.  So, in addition to the  GF Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies, I also made Regular Vanilla Bean *Candy Corny* Sugar Cookies, Regular and Gluten Free Chocolate Button Sandwich Cookies and regular Vanilla Bean *Ottawa Cookie Jam 2013* Sugar Cookies made with edible images (with permission from Jess Dunkin to use their logo).

I decided that the best way to display my cookies at the Ottawa Cookie Jam 2013 was to make my own cookie display tray using of course, the basic tools of the trade.  A rolling pin and some cookie sheets.  If you follow me on Instagram you might remember this picture I took doing a test run of my display tray.

Cookie Display Tray

It worked like a charm and I just kept adding cookies to it throughout the event until I was sold out.

The official Ottawa Cookie Jam photographer, the very talented Myriam Cyr of @BeauteOptic took the photo below of my cookies and was gracious enough to send me copies.

Cookie Jam Photo by BeauteOptic of Ottawa Cookie Jam Logo Cookies by the Vanilla Bean Baker

I’m pretty sure that I was the only baker who made decorated sugar cookies for the tasters and I’m delighted that they were all purchased and enjoyed by those who attended this event.  It was so much fun, so well organized and such a pleasure to be a part of that I’m hoping that Jess brings this event to Ottawa again next year.  It is such a delicious way bring people together in your community to help those in need.  If you are looking for a way to raise funds for an organization in your community I suggest doing a Cookie Jam.  Who doesn’t love cookies??!!

I’m probably the only cookie decorator that had never decorated Candy Corn cookies before and I did not have a candy corn cutter so I re-fashioned a large mushroom cutter into the shape of candy corn. It worked and made for a nice large cookie.

Baked and cooled, I outlined the top and bottom portion of the cookie in white and yellow.  Once the piping was dry, I flooded both sections.

Candy Cornies Piped White and Yellow

When these sections were dry, I piped the center with orange piping icing.

Candy Corn Cookies Piped in Orange Piping

Next step was to flood the center section with orange flood icing.

Candy Cornies Orange, White and Yellow Icing Flooded

Leave the cookies to dry overnight and then using a black edible marker, draw on some corny looking faces.

Finished Candy Corn Cookies with Corny Faces

Package and deliver to your children’s classrooms or bring along to your next Halloween party.  Or, enter in a Cookie Jam event in your area!  Easy and fun to make!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Georgie October 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Happy Cookie Jam & Halloween! I love your cookies – you are so talented. Have fun!


Paula October 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Thanks so much Georgie, I appreciate your kind words. Happy Halloween to you too!


The Partiologist October 16, 2013 at 12:41 pm

They turned just perfect! I made your gf cookie dough and can’t wait to bake them! What a wonderful cause!


Paula October 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm

It was a great cause and the event was so well organized. Kudos to Jess and her team. I’m delighted that you made the gluten free cookie dough Kim! Would love to hear what you think of the baked cookies.


Cristin of Cristin's Cookies October 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm

You’re brilliant Paula! What a fun idea to use baking sheets and your rolling pin to display your awesome cookies! You’re so creative! Love your candy corn cookies and it sounds like you had a super fun time. A Cookie Jam, wow, that sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing! Cristin


Paula October 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I’m glad you liked my DIY cookie display tray Cristin. It was fun to make as were all the cookies for this event. I just loved attending this Cookie Jam and look forward to doing it again next here should Jess organize another one.


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) October 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

What a great idea! Your logo cookies are particularly attractive.


Paula October 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I loved the idea of a Cookie Jam Cheryl. It was such fun to be a part of and registration was easy. Jess kept us up to date prior to the event and she is still tweeting pictures about it.


Rita October 16, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Paula, you make me smile. You are such a good hearted, creative lady!
I admire your commitment to good causes. You are such a wonderful example to all of us!
The cookie display is gorgeous and so are those lovely cookies you made. No wonder they all sold out.
Warm hugs, wishing you all the best.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen October 16, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Your cookies, as always, look great! Happy Halloween Paula!


The Bearfoot Baker October 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Happy Cookie Jam! Happy Halloween!! Your cookies and displays are amazing like you!!!


The Bearfoot Baker October 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Happy Cookie Jam! Happy Halloween! I love you, your cookies and your displays!! You are amazing!!


Paula October 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Happy Halloween to you as well talented and creative lady :)


Jacquee @ I Sugar Coat It! October 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

What a cool idea for a cookie/dessert display, Paula! Love it, your cookies and you!!


Paula October 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Thanks so much Jacquee. The feeling is mutual by the way :)


Sue {munchkin munchies} October 22, 2013 at 12:16 am

Your cookie display stand is creative genius, Paula! Your cookies are fabulous too, especially the cute, smiling (mostly:)) candy corn!


Lora December 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Paula I must borrow this idea for an organization I am on the board of. Will bring it up at our next meeting. It’s genius. Your homemade cookie display is fabulous. I could see a line of them hand painted with phrases and fun images for sale. Wonderful cookies for a good cause.


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