Chef Instructor Melanie Underwood walked the class through an assortment of cookies from Gretchen Holt-Witt’s cookbook, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Best Bake Sale Cookbook. Every student in the class also received a copy of the book — whose author donates 100 percent of royalties to pediatric cancer research. The book’s royalties go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a charity committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was started by Gretchen Holt-Witt and Larry Witt after they were inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer.
They were shocked to learn that over 25% of kids diagnosed with cancer do not survive due to lack of effective therapies and they decided to help increase funding for research. Since then, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has been raising money through bake sales, online sales and donations. Late in 2009, ICE’s kitchens were packed as volunteers baked approximately 30,000 cookies for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sales nationwide and earlier this year ICE hosted a special Valentine’s Day fundraiser. On Saturday, the baking class enjoyed Apple-Cranberry Bars, Chocolate-Crusted Coconut-Filled Bars, Classic Chewy Brownies, Prince Liam Peanut Butter Cookies, Cream Cheese Cookies, Chocolate Babka Cupcakes and Chocolate-Covered Caramel Matzo — all for a very worthy cause.