Monday, December 20, 2010

Bake it Forward ~ Baking Party!

As some of you know, I have chosen to use my baking abilities to give to others this year. I was asked to do an opportunity with #FamilyMeals from Collective Bias, Hamilton Beach and Conagra Foods and I was so excited. We were asked to do a baking party and share the cookies with others. I knew my grandmother was getting ready to visit the Vets so I wanted to do this so she could share some baked goods. I also made some cookies to share with neighbors and our church community.

When I planned this party, I wanted to do cookies that others would love but cookies that were easy to bake! At our party we made Peanut Butter Kisses cookies, Gingerbread Trees and Sugar Cookies. I also made Peanut Butter fudge, look for my recipes below!

First at our party, refreshments!


Hot Cocoa!

I also made Chilled Cocoa!
4 packs of Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate
2 cups of ice
6 cups of water

Blend in the blender for about 30 seconds and you are done! I love the Wave Crusher blender by Hamilton Beach! It blended the drink easily with no leftover ice chunks and poured it out smoothly! If you are in the market for a new blender, it's available at Walmart for under $30!

For the hot and cold cocoa, I had a condiment bar set up so people could add a little more flavor to their drinks if they wanted to!

Let's Bake!

That's my mom starting the cookies!

Sister n'law Jocelyn helps!

First up is the Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies!
*See recipe below

I loved working with Peter Pan peanut butter because it's so smooth and soft.

Gingerbread Trees for decorating

Brian gets a treat since he is the official assistant, helping with unwrapping candies and going to the store for last minute items needed!


Peanut Butter Kisses


  • 1 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Parkay butter spread
  • 1/4 cup Wesson Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Peter Pan peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Unwrapped Chocolate Kisses Candies


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg, oil and then stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake at for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool slightly, and remove from pan then insert unwrapped kisses into the middle of the cookies.

Tiger Butter Fudge ~ A cooking video!


  • 12 ounces of white chocolate candy bark melted
  • 20-22 ounces milk chocolate chips (2 bags), melted
  • 1 1/2 cups Peter Pan peanut butter


  1. Spray 8X8 pan with Pam, set aside.
  2. In Microwave, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for about 1 minute, 30 seconds.
  3. In Microwave, melt the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute.
  4. Stir together milk chocolate and peanut butter until well blended. I like to use my Hamilton Beach Hand Blender to speed up the process!
  5. Pour melted milk chocolate in pan.
  6. Take the white chocolate and pour over the chocolate. Stir slightly with a spoon or knife to create a swirl/marble effect.
  7. Chill until firm. Cut into 1 /2 x 1" pieces.
The party goers got some treats to take home:

I was compensated for my time from Collective Bias, all opinions are my own. Please let me know if you have any questions!


  1. I love all your ideas! I really like the cooking video!

  2. Sara,
    Thanks for this post, especially the recipes. What a great idea to host a baking party!

    I work for Imperial Sugar Co. in Sugar Land, Texas, and we've got a program called Bake It Forward. The idea is to get one of our tins, fill it with baked goods and send it to someone who needs a smile. We thought your baking party idea was so good that we featured it today on our Facebook page!

    If you'd like to learn more about this program, please check out our web site at You and your readers can get your own Bake It Forward tins by writing to us at

    Here's to sharing our love of baking!