Helping Hand Cookies for Kids Cancer!

Hi friends! Today, I’m doing something a little different. I’m teaming up with a group of amazing food bloggers to help raise money for pediatric cancer research. We are having a “Good Cookies Food Bloggers Valentines Event” to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Everyone is making cookies or Valentine’s Day treats and sharing their posts. You can see the whole list below! We’re all asking our readers to help donate to find a cure for these horrible diseases. I made cutout sugar cookies. I’m calling them “Helping Hand Cookies.” They’ll sweeten your Valentine’s Day and hopefully encourage you to lend a hand to kids in need.

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Did you know pediatric cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 children in the United States actively battling cancer right now. That means there are 40,000 families battling with them…

Cookies For Kids Cancer

As a Mom of three and Omie to two precious little babies, I can’t even imagine the heartbreak involved in hearing the words “Your child has cancer,” much less the incredible fight that happens after. We are blessed to have had healthy babies and grand babies. And as we are so blessed, it’s important to me that we give back and help those who haven’t been so lucky.

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancer combined. Less than 4%? Wow…after reading those numbers, I knew it was important to get involved and that meant getting more involved than just making Helping Hand Cookies. You can help too!

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Join us in making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! Our goal, as a blogging group, is to raise at least $3000. To participate in this event, we all donated at least $20 or more, plus a Valentine post and recipe! These three AMAZING companies: Dixie Crystals, Land O‚ÄôLakes and Mediavine have each pledged to match any donations raised through this campaign, up to $3,000! Y’all that is $3,000 from each company! Can you believe it? With your generosity, we could raise over $12,000! That’s a nice chunk of change for some research to find a cure, don’t you think?

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Currently, we have raised $1,515! That’s over half-way to our $3,000 goal! With your help, I know we can exceed it! If you’re able, please consider helping with a donation of your own today. Every little bit helps!


Thank you in advance for your support!

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Cookies For Kids Cancer

As a sweet treat for you, and as my way of saying THANK YOU, here is one of my favorite sugar cookie recipes. It uses only a few simple ingredients and with some fun cookie cutters, you can have your own Helping Hand Cookies or other special Valentine treats in no time.

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Cookies For Kids Cancer

Helping Hands Cookies for Kids Cancer

A simple Sugar Cookie for a good cause!

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups All-purpose flour, plus more for dusting surfaces and cutters
  • Pink food coloring (I used Wilton Color Right )

In the bowl of your favorite mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla bean paste, almond extract and mix until fully incorporated.

Add egg and salt and continue to beat for two minutes.

Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Add all the flour and mix until just combined.

Divide the dough in half, flatten one into a 1" thick disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least two hours.

With the remaining half of the dough, add several drops pink food coloring and knead until desired shade of pink is achieved. (I used 10 drops of Wilton Color Right pink base to color my dough)

Press the pink colored dough into a 1" thick disc, wrap well in plastic and place in the refrigerator with the other half of the dough.

After two hours, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper and set aside.

Roll dough one disc at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll uncolored dough to approx 1/4" thick. Cut out desired shapes, using an equal number of both large and small cutters.

Roll out pink dough in the same manner, cutting out the same number and shapes as the uncolored dough.

Carefully place uncolored smaller cutouts inside the larger pink cookies.

Do the same for the opposite colored dough, adding the smaller pink cutouts to the larger uncolored cookies.

Refrigerate both trays of cookies for at least 15 minutes before baking. This will keep them from spreading when they cook.

Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden. Watch carefully during the last few minutes as they can get brown fairly quickly.

When cookies are done, remove them from the oven. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then move to wire racks to cool completely.

Cookies For Kids Cancer

I always tell you “Life isn’t perfect, but it should always be delicious.” Together, let’s help some little lives have many more delicious moments with their families in the future. Thank you for helping. We really appreciate it!

In case you missed it the first time, here’s how you can help: DONATE HERE!
Here are the other great recipes and people who gave their time! Thank you Julie from The Little Kitchen for putting this together!

Heart-Shaped Pink Velvet Bundt Cake from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Melt In Your Mouth Sugar Cookie Bars from Julie of Julie Blanner
Frosted Sugar Cookies from Becca of The Salted Cookie
Triple Chocolate Cherry Cookies from Sue of It’s Okay to Eat the Cupcake
Fudgy Chocolate Mug Cake from Gwynn of Swirls of Flavor
Cannoli {in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer} from Sheila of Life, Love, and Good Food
Red Velvet Pizzelle from Liren of Kitchen Confidante
Microwave Chocolate Ganache from Melanie of Melanie Makes
Brownie Ice Cream Valentines from TammyJo of The Chocolate Cult
Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookies from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies from Lisa of Blogghetti
Rice Crispy Treat Hearts from Heather of Totally Tailgates
Vegan Banana Chia Pudding with Blackberry Sauce from Marly of Namely Marly
Spicy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Becca of Two Places at Once
Coconut Almond Biscotti from Kathleen of Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Strawberry Valentine Marshmallows from Serena of SerenaLissy
Strawberry Sugar Cookies from Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cookies from Jessica of A Kitchen Addiction
Double Chocolate Cherry Thumbprint Cookies from Natalie of The Devil Wears Parsley
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Macaroons from Ashley of Spoonful of Flavor
Salted Chocolste Caramel Chip Bars from Emily of It Bakes Me Happy
Red Wine Brownies from Nicole of For the Love of Food
Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies from Denise of Chez Us
Easy As Pie Cookies from Ashley of A Cup of Charming
Skinny Gluten-Free VDay Cookies from Jessica of Pensive Paleo
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from Carolann of Apron Warrior
Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies from Jessica of My Baking Heart
Peppermint Brownie Cookies from Aimee of Aimee Broussard & Co.
love bug cookies from Meaghan of the decorated cookie
Helping Hand Cookies from Sara of My Imperfect Kitchen
Potato Roses from Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Black-Outlined Ombre Hearts from Bridget Edwards of Bake at 350

Big, BIG heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in matching not only our donations, but yours too! Thank you Dixie Crystals, Land O’Lakes and MediaVine. You ROCK!

Helping Hands Cookies for Kids Cancer

This Post Has 7 Comments
  1. Sometimes all you need is a simple sugar cookie! These are super cute. So glad to be baking with such a great group for such a great cause. Happy Valentine’s Day :-)

  2. This is such a clever idea Sara! Can’t wait to make them! I’m happy to be participating with you in this bloggers’ event for such a good cause!

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