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Create a Fundraising Cookbook with a Cookie Exchange

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Holiday cookbooks are popular and make a terrific fundraiser! Create a fundraising cookbook of sweet treats with recipes from members of your community. This will give your community a keepsake book with memories tucked in the pages.

Creating Your Fundraising Cookbook

Set up a Cookie Exchange with your group. As they are digging around for their favorite cookie recipe have them copy down favorite recipes. Have everyone bring a plate of cookies from one of their recipes along with the other recipes they found. December isn’t the only month for cookie exchanges. Consider having one in January when all the holiday treats have run out!

A Little Organizing and Snacking

Heat up coffee and hot chocolate, start sampling cookies and copy recipes or snap a photo of them. Check over recipes while copying them to make sure they are complete and have the contributor’s name included. Add names and info to recipes with post-it-notes if you are taking pictures or photocopies. Leftover cookies can be sent home with participants after recipes have been collected.  (Check out our easy Recipe Entry App)

Prepare Your Fundraising Cookbook Order

Over the next month, have your group sort recipes. Then decide between entering recipes in a web account or mailing them to be typed. After recipes are ready, submit your order to have the books in hand to start selling in late summer. Some groups include recipes from a variety of holidays and start selling in the spring!

A Tasty Fundraiser

To give cookbook sales a boost, have your group bake up their favorite recipes. Place individual treats in bags with labels that indicate the name of the recipe and the page it can be found on. Host a cookie/treat sale and have the cookbooks available. A doubled-up fundraiser allows people to sample what types of recipes are in the book along with purchasing copies of it. Have as many of the contributors on hand as possible that day and offer “free autographs” to make the cookbook extra special as a keepsake with the bakers signing their name next to their favorite recipe.

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