Our Purpose: Achieving professional work experience through a bakery operation.
Our Goal: Making wholesome cookies, having fun, selling cookies to purchase supplies to make more cookies.
Our “Floating” Schedule Rotation:
- 1st Thursday – Planning and Shopping
- 2nd Thursday – Making 4 batches of dough
- 3rd Thursday – Baking and Selling
- 4th Thursday of each month- Making 4 batches of dough
- 5th Thursday – Baking and Selling
Repeat the Rotation as the calendar moves along. Sometimes because of holidays, conference days, snow days the planning doesn’t always start at the beginning of the month or end at the last week of the month.
Our Membership: Open to all students, there is no roster and no dues. Cookie Club supports all students to branch out and experience many clubs. We have some members that disappear and reappear later after a play or certain team sports start and end. We are very flexible.
Our Meeting times: Always working through PM 1 and PM 2. But if you have a prior “commitment” with another teacher you can arrive during PM2 or Start with us at PM1 and leave early at PM2. We are okay with it.
Our Limitations: Only 10 students can be in the kitchens to bake (on meeting days). Planning and shopping days can take up to 12. Due to the size of the kitchens and only ONE teacher to keep an eye on things, only 10 kids per baking day. The first Thursday of each month is when students need to sign up for that month.
Our Big Plans: We bake a lot over the school year and at the end of May we plan our own cookie to enjoy just for ourselves (eat and NOT sell) and have a party on the last Thursday in May. At this time we are saying good-bye also to the 8th graders especially those who have been 3 year long cookie club members!
Cookie club members not only bake cookies and clean up after themselves….they learn valuable lessons after school too…..
- When a timer goes off….check on those cookies…otherwise burned cookies cannot be sold and will be the only cookies members get to eat.
- Pay attention when selling cookies….missing “merchandise” takes out of our profit. We count the number of packages going out to sell and the same amount of money is expected back, just like the responsibility of a cash register.
- If a customer is handling a package of cookies and says something unkind…. be nice and ask for it back….it is best to not ‘snatch’ them out of their hand…. because now we will have a bag of cookie crumbs that we can’t sell.
- When you don’t clean your cookie equipment very well in order to get done quickly it comes back to haunt you. A cookie club member says to me “ugh, Ms Saunders someone didn’t clean this cookie sheet very well or I can’t find the mixer paddle”…..Cookie club was the only one using that mixer paddle or “enter CC member’s name” was the one who cleaned the cookie sheets last week.
- Every time you scratch your face or head or move your hair from your face or eat something….you must re-wash your hands. Licking of fingers while making cookie dough is NOT allowed!!! If you must taste it, wait until we are done. LICK, then rewash your hands for the baking/selling part of the day.
- When a customer is digging up change for our delicious baked goods…and gives you coins….you need to count out what they gave you. Some people may be short 5 or 10 cents and didn’t realize what they gave you. Again….no cuts in the profits !!
- A cookie in each hand is NOT a balanced diet.
- We always we sell 3 Cookies for 1.00 !
Cookie Trivia Madness!!!!
Cookie Fact #1: The largest cookie ever made was a chocolate chip cookie covering an area of 487.15 square meters or 5,243.6 feet. This heavenly delight was made on April 2nd, 1996, by Cookie Time Limited and containing over 1 million chocolate chips!
Cookie Fact #2: The first cookie-style cakes ever invented were in 7th century A.D in Persia(Iran), one of the first countries to combine sugar and pastries creating the cookie.
Cookie Fact #3: Even though popular stereotype is that fortune cookies are from China, Japanese immigrant Makoto Hagiwara created a cookie with a thank-you note inside in 1914 and the fortune cookie was born.
Cookie Fact #4: The average American will eat 35,000 cookies in their lifetime!
Cookie Fact #5: The tallest cookie tower was constructed by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County on January 9th, 2010, at the Roosevelt Field Mall, in Garden City, New York measuring 6 feet 1/8th tall (1.83 meters).
Cookie Fact #6: The most expensive cookies in the world were a rare William Crawford and Sons cookie tin from the 1920’s originally sold for 150 dollars, but in 2007 at a London auction was sold for 32,000 dollars.
Cookie Fact #7: The most expensive cookie recipe is the NEIMAN-MARCUS(Jordan Marsh) cookie recipe. A woman and her daughter were dining in a Neiman-Marcus cafe, and tried a batch of cookies as a light dessert, she asked the waiter how much the recipe was, and offered her “two-fifty” mistaking it as 2.50, she bought the recipe and realized she mean 250. Being denied a refund, she shared her remarkable recipe with the world. (urban legend)
Cookie Fact #8: Did you know the most popular cookie type in America is the chocolate chip cookie? More than 50% of cookies baked at home are the chocolate chip variety. Who doesn’t love chocolate chip?
Cookie Fact #9: Ever wonder why gingerbread cookies are always in the form of people? It all started when Queen Elizabeth I of England wanted to make gingerbread biscuits made and presented in the likeliness of her important guests…or maybe her enemies?
Cookie Fact #10: Did you know the creation of cookies was originally a mistake? Cooks used small amounts of cake batter to check the temperature of the stove for larger cakes, the test cakes were called “koekje” meaning little cake in Dutch.
Cookie Fact #11: Would you ever guess the first cookie was the animal cracker? The animal cracker was produced in the United States by Stauffer’s Biscuit Company in 1871.
Cookie Fact #12: The light and sweet sponge cake dessert typically used in tiramisu are called “lady fingers” because of they are shaped like long, delicate, lady fingers!
Cookie Fact #13: Snicker doodle(or sugar) cookies got their peculiar name is a play-on-words of the German word “Schneckennudeln” meaning snail noodles.
Cookie Fact #14: Did you know gingerbread dough is usually used for constructing houses because they keep their shape when baked unlike most cookies, don’t forget to decorate!
Cookie Fact #15: When most people think of “Blondie’s” you would think of a Blondie brownie right? But really the only difference between Blondie’s is the dominant flavor is brown sugar, not chocolate.
Cookie Fact #16: It is estimated that about 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold each year with sales averaging $700 million a year.
Cookie Fact #17: Thin Mints are the most popular type of Girl Scout cookies, resulting in 25% of all sales.
Cookie Fact #18: The Chocolate Chip cookie was invented by Ruth Wakefield, when she had a recipe for making Butter Drop Do cookies and ran out of chocolate, and used semi-sweet chocolate bits instead creating the Chocolate Chip cookie.
Cookie Fact #19: International Cookie Day this year is December 4th, 2012, so make sure you eat a lot of cookies that day!
Cookie Fact #20: Biscotti are actually cookies that are just “twice baked”.
Cookie Fact #21: Macaroons are usually made with egg whites, sugar, and almond paste, but in America, macaroons are mostly made with shredded coconut instead of almond paste.
Cookie Fact #22: Chocolate Chip Cookies were originally called Chocolate Crunch Cookies, maybe they used to be more cruncher?
Cookie Fact #23: An estimated 7 billion cookies are eaten in the United States every year!
Cookie Fact #24: The Sesame Street’s “Cookie Monster” favors the most popular cookie-chocolate chip.
Cookie Fact #25: Thought gingerbread cookies where from America? Wrong! Gingerbread cookies came from Germany and were the first cookies ever associated with Christmas.
Cookie Fact #26: Ever realize Oreos were so popular there is a street named after it- between 9th and 10th avenue in New York City is known as “Oreo Way”, becuase that’s where the first oreo was made.
Cookie Fact #27: Nabisco’s creation of the Oreo had it’s 100th birthday this year on March 6th 2012.
Cookie Fact #28: The “Aznac Cookie” is also known as the “Soldier’s biscuits” because wives of soldiers during World War I were worried about the health of their husbands, so they baked them “Soldier’s Biscuits” because they wouldn’t taste bad after being packaged for long periods of time.
Cookie Fact #29: Fig Newton cookies were invented by James Henry Mitchell in 1891 when he was interested in what to use for jam-filled cookies.
Cookie Fact #30: Hardtack’s are also known as pilot, sea, and ship biscut becuase since the cookie is so dry, it can be stored years without refrigeration.
Cookie Fact #31: Pizzelle cookies are the oldest known cookie, and are known as Italian wafer cookies, that have been renamed and adapted by many other cultures.
Cookie Fact #32: While in America, most traditional Christmas cookies are gingerbread, in Bavaria and Austria for centuries, Springerle cookies were the original Christmas cookies.
Cookie Fact #33: Don’t be afraid to eat cookies! The average medium sized cookie has only 150 calories.
Cookie Fact #34: Cookies are very often to be on “Top 10 Most Unhealthy Snacks” due to being made with loads of trans fats, unneeded sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and shortening.
Cookie Fact #35: “Pillsbury Big Deluxes Classics White Chunk Macadamia Nut” have been names most unhealthy cookie by magazine “Men’s Health”. Even though 1 cookie may only have 180 calories (30 more than average), the real problem isn’t calories, but ingredients. !0 grams of fat and 13 grams of sugar is in an individual cookie.
Cookie Fact #36: Girl Scout cookies may be known for being a “healthier cookie choice” (Shortbread and Savannah Smiles are only 30 calories per cookie), but the least healthiest cookies have over twice as many calories (Caramel de Lites and Samoas).
Cookie Fact #37: Girl Scouts rely on the sales of cookies to provide money for things like camping trips.
Cookie Fact #38: The Austrian cake “Linzer Torte” was a form of the earliest cookie prototype.