My contribution was my Peanut Butter Fingers cookies. Granddaughter helped me make two batches, one for the auction and one for us. When I took the pans out of the oven, I managed to hit the back of one finger against the heating element of the oven. Ouch!
After baking them, spreading the melted chocolate chips across the top for frosting, and letting them cool, I mixed the glaze. The powdered sugar was lumpy, and I never did get all of the little tiny lumps out. I also added too much milk. I quickly decided that that batch of glaze was going on our own batch of the cookies.
When I started over with the second batch of glaze, I was wishing for a sifter for the powdered sugar. My solution was to run it through my spice grinder (an electric coffee bean grinder that was given to me by a good friend years ago); it worked great and gave me super-fine powdered sugar. I added one less teaspoon of milk, and then spooned it into a sandwich baggie. By cutting off a corner of the bag, I could squeeze the glaze out into a nice, neat cross-hatch pattern that was very attractive. I'm glad I did ours first so that this one looked so nice.
I cut them neatly and layered them on the glass plate I'd bought at a local thrift shop; I felt that a paper plate just wouldn't do for a fundraiser where we hoped to raise lots of dollars.
There were six tables of baked goods, and a refrigerator full of cream pies. My plate of cookies was the first item auctioned off. The auctioneer talked it up big and mentioned the nice plate too.
The final bid was $275, and when we left just before the end of the auction, it was still the highest-selling item. I'm kind of proud of that.
Oh yes, ours tasted really good. Not as pretty, perhaps - can you see the tiny white lumps of powdered sugar? - but they were really good.
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