Cookie (or Biscuit depending on what side of the pond you're on) Brigade East!
Hello all, since it was brought up in the questions thread for PAX East I figured we might as well start a thread for this--chibidani can't make it to PAX East so I'm helping to organize things for this leg. Here's a quick rundown:What is it?
The Cookie Brigade is just a bunch of peeps who like baking so much that they bring cookies and other baked goodies to PAX to give away to other expo go-ers. We also collect donations for Child's Play if people feel like donating, and when PAX winds down we hand over any donations to the Child's Play people.
Please note: We don't sell cookies for Child's Play, we're just people giving out sweets because we're friendly like that, and people can give us donations for Child's Play because they're generous like that (and we're convenient people to give that money to...y'know, since we're walking around and were going to turn donations in to the Child's Play person at the end anyway).How do I participate?
You can help bake, help distribute, or both! Sign-ups are pretty loose because this is all a voluntary thing, and you can post in this thread, in the Google Group, PM, or use this website
for now.Do you guys really raise any money?
Yes, yes we do! In the past 2 years since this has started, we've collected approximately $5000 each PAX for Child's Play, and it's all been from you guys! You're awesome! Organizational Stuff
Closer to PAX East, we'll post some more information about when we're meeting up to drop off/pick-up cookies and donations, get your Cookie Brigade buttons, and all that other stuff.
In the meantime, discussion can be found at the Google Group
or you can post questions and about your eagerness to bake delicious things hereA Brief History Bonus
This was posted by Alyssa in the Cookie Brigade (CB) Google Group and she said I could share it, because it's a really awesome way to understand the CB a bit better:
"Allow me to introduce myself, for those of you who have never met me and don't know me. In 2007, I attended my first PAX. It was AWESOME. I am a shy, shy person, so in order to *bribe* people into being my friends, I baked cookies and took them with me to PAX to distribute for fun [...]. BrokenAngel was
another individual who - independent of me - did the same thing in BYOC and other places.
I found that, every time I gave someone a cookie, they tended to want to reciprocate by giving me something in return (as is somewhat typical in the ever-loving, ever-giving PAX community). This puzzled me, and as I
planned on returning in 2008 (not knowing my job would change and prevent me from being able to), BrokenAngel, myself and a few other forumers decided that it would be cool to bake cookies, distribute them, and gain donations for Child's Play.
And I think this is what the Cookie Brigade is all about. Giving something to PAX-ers, and PAX-ers giving something back in return."
I don't plan on baking (yet), but I want to help spread the love that is cookies.
This seems like a great way to meet people and make big stacks of new friends.
I'll have to start practicing as far as baking goes, though...
So, due to that, I didn't realize they were "donation optional".
Inevitably several dozen times each day I have to explain what Child's Play is, which is good because more people know: though I'm not sure how they were on the site long enough to find out about PAX without knowing about Child's Play. Maybe they came to the PA site at the wrong time of the year?
Anyways, I digress. Indeed it's donations optional. I probably gave away at least half of my cookies without even a cent donated in exchange, which was 100% okay! (I had to convince some people that it was okay, because people were very hesitant... but I'm not going to deny anyone the right to cookies )
Just about the only thing that I do get upset about is when someone takes a whole bag, which happened to me on two occasions this PAX (and only once in PAX '08). (Needless to say, on both of those occasions they didn't donate ) I consider even up to five cookies per person to be fair play, but beyond that kind of feels like stealing from Child's Play... those were dozens and dozens of cookies that someone could've given a donation in exchange for. (now, if you were to donate very generously to Child's Play, I wouldn't mind if you took a whole bag... but I digress again )
Also, my wife has Celiac, she'd love to try your cookies!
That's like my fiance, "I have to try one to make sure they taste ok!"...."...well, I have to try another one because now they're cool and might taste different!"...."...I have to have another one to make sure they still taste good!"...."Well, they're there!"...."You shouldn't make cookies, you're making me fat!"
Since Im going to Fort Dreven the weak after, Id like to enjoy some decent food before then
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Distributors, of course, will be extremely important as well, but if we don't have enough cookies to go around the brigadiering train could come to a halt early!
So please sign up today!
Are there any hints as to how to get cookies to PAX east?
Any word yet on where/when the first meeting will be? Even with all the planning last year it took me a while to find people. Throw a whole new venue into the mix and this could get complicated...
If someone could distribute them that would be fantastic.
I'll even bring them up in their own big container so they dont get mixed with other cookies in case of peanut allergies.
Do you prefer crunchy or chewy snickerdoodles?
This woman at work today brought in the following as an experiment, and it was the most moist, delicious, incredible confectionaries I've ever tasted in my entire life. I demanded her recipe on behalf of the Cookie Brigade, and she provided this link:
I have no skills of a baker. =( But if someone could make these, I get the feeling that they would be an epic, incredible hit.
(the ones I tried had almond bark coating)
I have over a month to practice... Plus I can eat my practice.... I'll try... no promises.. I used to be a "chocolatier" when I was little as a hobby, Id by all the stuff from the craft shop and sell it to neighbors.... Cake balls seem like something a chocolatier should be able to pull off.
Once again, no promises.
I could give it a shot, right now my only snickerdoodle recipe is crunchy though so I'll have to look into it.
Man, those cake balls look good VT, I'm saving the recipe to give it a shot!
The amount people bring varies pretty widely, last year I brought 6 6" shipping tubes full of cookies along with an extra suitcase full and I still ran out before the end of Saturday. You can't bake too many!
what did you do? Drop the cookies down the tubes like pringles canisters?
You know it! Cookie dispenser power!