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Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? It is! And all this month Little Partners is working to help spread awareness about and raise money for pediatric cancers, through partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). When you purchase an Original Learning Tower or a Limited Edition Learning Tower during this month, you will receive a free copy of Alex's Table, a cookbook that features over 55 recipes from world-renowned chefs, influential mixologists, celebrities, and supporters.
BACKGROUND ON ALSF:
Are you familiar with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? Alexandra “Alex” Scott started Alex’s Lemonade Stand when she was just four years old and battling her own cancer. She had a desire to raise money for cancer research and improve the quality of life for children with cancer, and their families. While in the hospital she told her mother that she wanted to host a lemonade stand as soon as she got out and give the money to doctors who could help kids like her. Her idea for a lemonade stand turned into a national childhood cancer foundation, and by the time of Alex’s passing in 2004, with the help of supporters, etc. she had already raised over one million dollars.
ALEX'S TABLE, THE COOKBOOK:
A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on a copy of Alex’s Table and went through it and bookmarked countless recipes that I plan on making down the road, including Yucatan Guacamole, Balsamic Barbeque Baby Backs and Crispy Polenta Fries with Spicy Ketchup. One recipe that caught my attention more than the rest, wasn’t a super complicated one from a famous celeb (though those look great too). The one that caught my attention the most was one from Alex’s Mom, Liz Scott. With only 4 ingredients the recipe is super simple and easy to do with little ones, but more than that – it is a recipe that just reminded me that time in the kitchen with our children doesn’t always have to be about the most perfect looking, gourmet dish or even about things being 100% homemade. At the end of the day, it is the time spent together that matters the most.
So today, I am sharing with you Liz’s Famous $1,000 Lemon Cookies. Why the name you wonder? – Liz bakes these cookies every year for the Lemon Ball auction to benefit ALSF and each plate that is auctioned sells for approximately $1,000 per cookie. Pretty incredible, right? They are easy, delicious, and perfect for baking with the tiniest helpers.
LIZ'S FAMOUS $1,000 LEMON COOKIES
INGREDIENTS: (makes approx. 3 dozen cookies)
+ 1, 8 oz container Cool Whip topping (thawed, but still cool), 2 eggs, 1, 18.25 oz package lemon cake mix (any brand) and 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar for decoration.
+ Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease baking sheets.
+ Beat the Cool Whip and eggs together. Add the lemon cake mix and continue to mix. Dough will be thick.
+ Drop the dough by the teaspoonful into a bowl of confectioner’s sugar and roll to coat.
+ Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets, then back for 8 minutes. Watch closely – they only have about 45 seconds between not being baked enough and being overdone!
+ Put on the fanciest plate of your choosing and no one will ever know how easy this recipe is!