By: Gaby Oliva
All of us at parque wanted to come together this holiday season to bake treats for our friends at SAFE House, Henderson. We felt that everyone should enjoy homemade Christmas cookies during the holiday. Baking with Love came to fruition!
Most do not know that the name parque is an acronym which stands for:
Philanthropy, Aesthetics, Refinement, Quality, Uniqueness and Empowerment.
With issue #1 of our newsletter, The PARQUE - Baby it’s Cold Outside, we wanted to share this month's philanthropic project with you.
We came together in the middle of December at one of our team member’s home. The ovens were lit and the ingredients were placed on the counters to begin the baking process. We are thankful to have such an amazing team. Everyone contributed to purchasing certain ingredients and bringing them to the house.
We decided to bake two recipes; one being snickerdoodles and the other was shortbread sugar cookies.
We baked and baked for hours. We savored the smell of freshly made cookies throughout the house, as we listened to holiday carols. Icing the sugar cookies was not as simple as we thought it would be. It took patience and a steady hand to decorate every single sugar cookie. What can we say? Maybe, we should stick to clothes and leave the baking to the bakers! Our team enjoyed every moment of this project and the memories we made while working together.
The following morning we dropped off three boxes of yummy cookies to SAFE House. They were elated! It brought us so much joy to give back to the families and for them to know we were thinking of them.
Every month parque will strive to reach out to the community and help with philanthropic projects. You can read our blog posts under P for Philanthropy to stay updated on the projects to come each month and how you can help to also contribute towards our beautiful community.
A treat for you:
- Mix together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together- set aside
- Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs and blend well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.
- Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture
- Place 2 inches apart on uncreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
(Makes about 4 dozen cookies)