As a member of the OXO Blogger Outreach Program I receive products to try out and share my opinion about. Last week, I received the OXO "Be a Good Cookie" spatula which helps raise awareness and funds for my favorite charity, Cookies for Kids' Cancer.
I was introduced to OXO while organizing the Team Logan Bake Sale event for Cookies for Kids' Cancer. Gretchen Witt, founder of the non-profit, works for OXO and the company developed the "Be a Good Cookie" spatula to help raise funds her organization. 50% of the proceeds of each spatula sold go toward pediatric cancer research.
There are many things I like about this spatula. First of all, it is relatively small which makes it ideal for lifting cookies, as well as the perfect size for kids. Secondly, the head is flexible; making it easy to lift cookies from baking sheets even when they are close together. Also, the handle includes a soft, non-slip grip that keeps it tight in your hand.
The spatula head is made from stainless steel. On the front, the words "Be a Good Cookie" is etched on the steel, while the back reflects the website address. The head is coated in orange silicone so you'll never have to worry about the words rubbing off.
The OXO spatula is designed specifically for cookies, but it can be used for other types of cooking. It's great for flipping eggs and dollar size pancakes and is ideal for stir-fry prepared in a wok. It is also perfect when cooking sticky foods, such as teriyaki glaze, because of the non-stick coating. At only $7.99, this spatula is a great bargain and makes a great gift for all your baking friends. Click here to order your "Good Cookie" spatula from OXO.
To give the OXO "Good Cookie" spatula a good workout, I whipped up a batch of my favorite Orange Vanilla Chocolate Chip cookies. These cookies are small and dense, yet packed with flavor. Best of all, they are incredibly easy to make!
Yield: (30) 2-inch cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 vanilla beans, pulp only
2-1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 cup (6 ounces) chocolate chip morsels
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Using a grater, scrape orange zest into small bowl.
3. Scrape pulp from vanilla beans and add to orange zest.
4. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.
5. In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, granulated and brown sugars until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add egg and mix well.
6. Gradually add flour mixture and beat until well-incorporated.
7. Stir in orange zest, vanilla bean pulp, and chocolate chips.
8. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto ungreased baking sheets.
Enjoy these Orange Vanilla Chocolate Chip cookies with a steaming hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a great book such as "Those We Love Most" by Lee Woodruff. I received this book as a gift from Cookies for Kids' Cancer after answering a question on their Facebook page.
The author has dedicated this book to Gretchen Witt's son, Liam, who is the inspiration behind the organization. "Those We Love Most" is an amazing story about the trials and tribulations of a family caused by secrets they kept and is a MUST-READ!
Interested in raising funds for Cookies for Kids' Cancer? Consider hosting a holiday cookie swap. Currently, GLAD is donating $1 per cookie exchanged to the organization. This is a fantastic way to complete your holiday baking while helping out a good cause. Click here to learn how to host a Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale.