A few weeks ago, I read this post  and this post from Amanda over at I Am Baker.

I know many of you read the call for volunteers for a wonderful project called Desserts for the Deserving and signed up to particpate also.  In fact, I know many of you who are participating, and I’m humbled and honored to be contributing along side you.  Just take a look at the hundreds of bloggers, bakers, and generous folks who volunteered their time and hearts to this project.  Over four hundred people volunteered; to me, this is a testament to the sheer kindness and generosity of the blogging community.

And a reminder that doing good should be something we strive to do every day.  A random act of kindness might give a stranger an extra boost of hope or support, and fill our own hearts as well.

How could I not volunteer?  I make oodles of baked goods every week anyway, so I might as well send some through the mail to brighten a stranger’s day.

Without sharing too much information, I’ll just say my nominee is woman who recently moved into an assisted living facility.  Her family described her as the dearest, sweetest lady with the best laugh you’ve ever heard.  But, since I wasn’t quite sure how much “assistance” my nominee actually requires, I decided to send items that could be frozen (I’m assuming one person can’t eat 40 cookies and three loaves of cinnamon bread that quickly, ha!), or were packaged in a way that she could perhaps share them with others for the holiday.

And, since I sort of had a freak-out moment about shipping baked goods in 100-plus degree heat, I chose simple recipes that (hopefully) wouldn’t melt or do something else weird during the shipping process.  Even shipping overnight, I’m pretty much stressed about my goodies arriving in good shape.

I’m hoping that even if they arrive crumbled and messy, I’ll still have brightened her day, at least for a moment.

So, thank you, Amanda, Rebecca, and Shanna, for organizing this effort and allowing me to be a part of it.

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine cake mix, oats and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the oil and eggs. Add oil mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring well with a large wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in coconut and vanilla.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on a silpat lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for approximately 12 minutes.
  6. Remove cookies from pan and cool on wire rack.

Happy Tuesday, and have a wonderful Fourth of July!

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Watcha’ Whipped Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos,  I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!