behind the scenes — Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

When it comes to cookbooks, there isn’t much more lovable than ones about cookies. Maybe I’m biased because I grew up in a household where cookie baking was the norm. My friends all knew, if you went over to Justin’s house after school, his mom was probably going to bake something from scratch? Was she a master baker? Not at all, but that’s why I guess cookies are so popular — anyone can bake them. And they’re perfect for sharing with friends and family. My mom passed on the tradition to me. I was long known as the guy at the office who always had a tin of fresh-baked cookies at his desk, ready to share. Yes, that’s come to a halt recently as I’ve been gluten-free for about a year and a half now, and I haven’t embraced gluten-free baking just yet. But I miss that feeling, the sharing. That’s what Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: All the Good Cookies is about to me.  It’s about bringing people together at bake sales, which CFKC is involved with all across the country. If you don’t already know, this amazing organization founded by Gretchen Holt-Witt has raised millions of dollars for children’s cancer research. And so if these behind-the-scenes snapshots from the cookbook photo shoot don’t get your mouth watering, first check your pulse, and then keep in mind that all of the proceeds from this adorable book are going to support an important cause.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Huge thanks to Michelle Rotman Jassem for her work on the props — so fun and cute. Where did she get all of the amazing papers, fabrics, and more? Extra thanks to her for loaning us her home for the shoot.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

That’s photographer Lucy Schaeffer working hard with assistant Shane Walsh to get the photo just right. I love seeing photographers put together these cool set-ups to get the perfect image.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Oh yeah, the cookies… the variety is pretty much amazing. And these meringues were gluten-free, so I think I ate the whole batch.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Of course what’s better than a classic chocolate chip cookie?

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Lemon bars really take me back to my childhood for some reason. And if you’ve ever thought they’re too fussy to bake yourself, think again. These are virtually foolproof.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

Now this is a different kind of cookie because you need some decorating skills to make them look this cute. Huge thanks go out to the talented Cyd McDowell and her assistant for all of their work on this project.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer

And of course I had to start and end this post with chocolate cookies, in this case the Everyday Skinny Mints. I’m drooling just looking at this photo now. I really can’t rave enough about this book, because the cause behind it is so important. And remember, these are only my snapshots from behind the scenes. For the real photos and all of the recipes, I hope you’ll check out the book for yourself.


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