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Ruby Jewel Cookies

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This Thanksgiving I reflected on what I am truly thankful for; my family. I’m thankful for these 2 beautiful little boys who I get to wake up to and put down every night. For my little blondie toddler who waits at the back door screeching in excitement as I come home from work each night, and for my little meatball of a newborn who gives me that cute gummy smile even at 3 am when I’m changing his wet diaper.

I never ever thought I would get married, let alone have kids. But being here now, I can’t imagine my life any other way. I can’t imagine my life without them.

Mindful of how fortunate we are, and aware of families who have had to painfully let go of their children far too soon, we very much support the fight against pediatric cancer. That’s what this post is about today. About being a Good Cookie and supporting, in any way you can, that fight. Because no one should have to lose their precious little ones.


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These Ruby Jewel Cookies are the first of hopefully many batches of various cookies baked for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer. The cookies go great with tea, and reminded me of something from Pepperidge Farms when I was a kid.

You really should read the About page on Cookies for Kid’s Cancer for the full, and touching, story on how the charity got started. But essentially it was founded by parents inspired by their son Liam’s battle with cancer. The “Be A Good Cookie” campaign was launched from this, aiming to inspire and help people to host bake sales as fundraisers to support finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

OXO is teaming up with food bloggers like us to help raise awareness, and donations, for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer. For every donation, OXO is going to match dollar for dollar. So this is where we, and hopefully you, come in.

We’ve set up a donation page. You can view it here. We set up the very optimistic, but entirely achievable goal of raising$1,000. We are confident we can hit that – and if we do, OXO is going to match our donations, meaning $2,000 for Kid’s Cancer Research. Totally doable!

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So how are we going to hit our goal? Well, hopefully my coworkers, friends, and family are hungry for some cookies!


First, I plan on doing a lot of baking. I’m not going to require a donation, but I’ll just ask people to donate what they feel comfortable with. I plan on doing this at work in our office, but also trying to reach out to the building manager to see about setting up in the lobby of the office building.

Another idea I had was to host a give away right here. Same idea as above, but since you are obviously not right there in my kitchen I’ll need to ship you cookies. (Don’t worry, these cookies will be completely safe – Rachel tests cookie dough and Toddler Boy and I test fresh baked cookies before we send out) . So, we’ll bake cookies and send you a care package in the mail.

But, in order to get in on this delicious cookie care package I’ll ask you to make some sort of donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. I’ll randomly select 3 of the kind souls who donated and will ship you your yummy cookies.

Does that sound of interest to you? If so, I’ll hammer out more of the details and will share in another blog post. Let me know your thoughts!


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$1,000 is a pretty ambitious goal to have for this Be A Good Cookie Bake Sale I will be hosting. I know it’s a rough time of year, and still an economically tough time for many people. That’s why the no guilt or obligation free will donation.

But, as a father of two little boys who are absolutely my entire world and reason for existence now, I can’t possibly imagine losing them. To even attempt to pains me. I hope to never have to experience that loss like some parents have to go through.

So I’m doing something I’ve never done before. Get involved. I hope you will too.

Stay tuned for our upcoming bake sale, or host your own. You can also get involved right now by making a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer here, where your donation will be matched by OXO.

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Note: The “Good Cookie” spatula in the photos is available here at OXO.com. Half of the proceeds from the spatula sale are donated to pediatric cancer research!

Ruby Jewel Cookies


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • About 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Confections' (icing) sugar for dusting


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and vanilla; set aside.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour and granulated sugar. Process briefly to blend. With the machine running, add the butter 2 or 3 pieces at a time and process until the mixture looks crumbly. With the machine still running, add the egg yolk mixture and process until blended and the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and shape it into a flat disk. Wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour or up to overnight.
  4. Once chilled and when ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F. Have ready 2 ungreased baking sheets.
  5. With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into 3/4 inch balls. Place each ball on the cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  6. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle dipped in flour to prevent sticking (I used the top of a chopstick), make an indentation in the center of each cookie, but don't press all the way through the dough. Using a spoon or a pastry bag, fill each indentation with jam.
  7. Bake the cookies until the edges are golden, 15 - 20 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pans on wire racks. (Loosen the cookies carefully while they are still warm with a spatula though). Transfer the cooled cookies to wire racks and using a fine-mesh sieve, dust with confectioner's sugar.

Recipe from: The William Sonoma Baking Book

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