2 years ago, things were looking grey and I needed to brighten up my world. This is when Neighborhood Love was born. It was a small act of kindness that I wanted to do for my entire neighborhood.
I dreamt of delivering fresh baked cookies to everyone on our 2-block street around Valentine’s Day. Who can turn down a delicious chocolate chip cookie??? Mmmmmmmm…cookies! I love baking so this was definitely my jam. BUT, I really didn’t consider how many houses were on my 2-block street – Over 50! I live in North Webster/Rock Hill and my neighbors truly kick ass! They are kind, generous, nosey and a melting pot of people from all races and backgrounds. Love them so much!
I baked for a couple weeks and froze the cookies as I had time in the kitchen. I’ve been working on the perfect cookie recipe for years. Seems like I’m always changing it since the ingredients keep changing their formulas. Here’s the latest one I’m stuck on which came out of being snowed in without my usual suspects.
Missy’s Chocolate Chippers
½ cup pure cane sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 stick salted butter (I know but I swear it worked!)
1 stick Imperial margarine (the cheap shit)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Beat together first 5 ingredients (I like to keep my butter/margarine a little on the cold side and not completely room temp).
- Add in eggs, 1 at a time till just incorporated.
- Whisk together dry ingredients. Slowly add to wet ingredients. Do not overmix at this stage either!
- Fold in ½ bag of chocolate chips (whatever you got! – milk chocolate, white, semi sweet, extra dark).
- Spoon tablespoon size dough balls to parchment lined sheet. (I always line my baking sheets with parchment and use a light color pan)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. (I always under bake because who doesn’t love a chewy cookie)
So back to my story… I figured I couldn’t leave random cookies on neighbors’ doorsteps or they might be too suspicious to eat. I put my design skills to good use for a good cause. Made some sweet tags and packaged up a bazillion bags. This is when I finally let my family in on my plan. “Hey fam, let’s go out in the cold to deliver these cookies and clean up the litter along the way.” Despite the eye rolls from my pre-teen, we managed to tackle the delivery and neighborhood clean-up. Way better than a dog poo prank;) We still walk the neighborhood and get yelled at, “Hey…You’re those cookie people!” I’ll take it, I love cookies!
February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day and our business moved into a great new neighborhood. We want to show our love and appreciation for Clifton Heights and all our new friends at Wedding Workshop. On February 16th, I’ll be baking up a shitstorm of cookies and I’ll have bags to share with all of you and our new neighborhood. The shop will be open from 11-1 p.m. Afterwards, you may see us roaming the neighboring streets with cookie bundles.
If you would like to share your own neighborhood LOVE with your friends, neighbors and random strangers on the street here’s a download to the tag. I hope to see you spreading some LOVE!
See you around the Workshop!