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.
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.
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.
When these sections were dry, I piped the center with orange piping icing.
Next step was to flood the center section with orange flood icing.
Leave the cookies to dry overnight and then using a black edible marker, draw on some corny looking 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!