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Increasing Global Happiness One Cookie At Time – Recipe Included

Increasing global happiness is a great goal to have, but how the heck do we do that? It is easy as one give a day, one act of kindness that helps to change the world. Using cookies a my daily give has been a favorite give of mine. I started this ritual with Nic, my little baker, and this daily give has become a popular one. Our very first cookie give was to the local fire department down the street. Nic is in awe of fire and police services, so when we baked our cookies and talked about where they should go for our daily give, he immediately suggested the local fire station. The cookies were a hit, and Nic has continued to deliver cookies ever since to neighbours, local service employees, friends and strangers.

We highlighted an organization that has taken the ‘cookie give’ to new heights in our Every Day Heros article. Caring With Cookies is a not for profit that gathers hundreds of bakers each holiday season and distributes cookies to various community organizations. Last year they handed out over 8500 cookies to 23 shelters in the local Vancouver area. Now that is an extraordinary cookie give!

I will also slip in this giving story about my sister. She has a weekly visit with an 85 yr old friend and brings him home made cookies each and every week. She has been doing this for over 5 years and brings joy to her friend on each visit. Not only does he appreciate the weekly visit but he loves her cookies! This weekly give has brought happiness again, and again, and again.

Try This Cookie Recipe For One Of Your Daily Gives

So here is my sister’s cookie recipe! She is willing to share this delicious recipe that brings smiles to so many people’s faces. I have to say I loved these when I tried tried them on a recent visit.

Cranberry Coconut Pepita Oatmeal Cookies

What you need:

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup white or cane sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoons warm water
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (do not use the quick oats or 3 minute oats)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup roasted pepitas (roasted shelled pumpkin seeds)

What you need to do:

1. Turn on oven to 375F/185C and place the oven rack in the top part of the oven
2. Cream butter and sugar together until the are lightly whipped – about 3 to 4 minutes
3. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined
4. Add flour and baking soda and mix until combined
5. Add warm water and mix until combined
6. Combine rolled oats, cranberries, pepitas, and coconut in a separate bowl and gradually add to the cookie batter using a spoon to mix all the ingredients
7. Using a teaspoon, put cookie dough on a baking sheet, one teaspoon at time. Using the back end of the teaspoon, flatten each cookie dough drop slightly.
8. Bake for 12 minutes and cool cookies on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

These cookies can be frozen for up to month or kept in the fridge for a few weeks. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

30 Places You Can Complete a Cookie Give

Okay here we go, 50 places you can complete a cookie give, ready!?

Fire Station, Police Station, City Cleaners, Parking Enforcement Officers, Community health Center, Local Hospital, Neighbour, Friend, Family Member, Co-workers, Office Security Staff, Church, Construction workers, City Street Cleaners, Classroom, Teachers, Local Shelter, The Homeless living on the street, a school crossing guard, Lunch Room Monitor, a client, Office Delivery person from Fedex or DHL, mail room personnel, the IT department, your favorite store clerk, your favorite waitress, your favorite restaurant, your favorite street vendor, a coworker, your landlord, your bank manager, a stranger.

Try Cookies For Your Next Daily Give!

If you are shy, find a local charity like Caring For Cookies and support their mission by baking cookies that they hand out. If you are not that shy and love delivering your own daily give, bake some of these cookies, or a cookie of your choice, and hand deliver cookies to local city service workers.

If you are inspired, why not sign up for your free membership at 365give and start your 365give Challenge by giving every day, small acts of giving that are simple and change the world! You will be happier and will spread that happiness locally and globally as you continue to give every day.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
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“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)