Cookie Kit

A certain student-focused, land-grant, research university president recently gifted me a Valentine’s cookie decorating kit.

As you know (but how did he?), I specialize in kits. Give me a box of pre-portioned stuffs, and I am a happy crafter.

The box contained:

  • Heart-shaped sugar cookies
  • Vanilla frosting (discreetly labeled Duncan Hines)
  • One pink knife (plastic)
  • One red knife (plastic)
  • Two types of sprinkle shakers
  • Pink crinkle paper
  • A note card from Flint Group about eating, tweeting, and repeating.

This is a project that is genuinely hard to screw up. Sure, you can bicker over who will use the red knife and who will use the pink knife, but other than that, it’s just: slather frosting, sprinkle sprinkles, eat.

A nice thick layer of frosting to add that air of mystery: is it a cookie? is it a cupcake? is it just frosting on a plate?

Erma and I decided to give all of the yet-unbroken cookies to her preschool teachers. We lugged the box containing six cookies (three for Sigourney’s teachers; three for Erma’s teachers) to school this morning.

Erma’s teacher asked us if we could bring the cookies up to her office for her so that they wouldn’t be out in front of all the kids. Erma, however, was disappointed that she was not going to watch her teacher eat the cookies. I hadn’t realized this was an expectation.

The Cookie Face: looks horrifying but is required in order to taste-test cookies before presenting them to teachers.

Then we went back to the preschool room, which was now buzzing with children and parents at drop-off time. Erma announced to all who would listen, “I brought cookies! I brought cookies for the teacher!”

Whoopsie. How to explain to a three-year-old that the other kids do not want to know about the cookies they cannot eat?

I just found out that Erma thinks we are making pancakes together tomorrow. I have never made pancakes in my life (true story), so this should be an almost guaranteed adventure in screwing up. Stay tuned!


11 responses to “Cookie Kit

  1. I’d have to look it up but I have a fairly easy pancake recipe at home…. biggest thing to remember when making pancakes… Do NOT walk away while they are cooking. If you are anything like me, you’ll get distracted and by the time you get back to remembering you still haven’t flipped the pancake, you have to feel your way through all the smoke just to find that it’s burned to a crisp. So, don’t walk away from the pancakes while they cook.

    • I think Erma is going to be “helping” me cook, so hopefully her number one job will be to keep me focused. Meanwhile, SIgourney’s number one job (all the time, really) is to distract me by trying to attempt something dangerous. We’ll see!

  2. I still don’t understand what the Flint Group is, or how they are associated with the university.

    • I don’t know what they do, but their cookies are pretty good. If you look on their FB page, there are pictures from Alerus Financial, United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, Pediatric Home Service, etc., etc., etc. It was a good promotion on their part!

  3. They should do one of those “what everyone thinks” memes as a promotion next!

  4. Bisquick yellow bottle mixes are easy-peezy. Just add water, use what you want, cap & refridgerate the rest for another day (in the near future).

  5. But I’ll find the recipe for you as soon as I remember too…. now, what am I doing?

  6. I work for the Flint Group, we’re glad you enjoyed the Cookie Kit. We were curious about what people thought, so when you mentioned it on your blog, I was happy to find it. By the way, we do work with the university you mentioned (if it’s the one I think it is…) on various marketing projects. Each year, we share a little love and appreciation with our clients and vendors, and the kit was this year’s creation. I actually wrote a post on the Flint Group blog about it here:

    For some stellar flap jacks, mix some bananas (the more ripe the better) and chocolate chips into your pancake batter. You won’t regret it.

    Tribeofoz, thanks for the meme idea! We’re always looking for creative inspiration.

    • Thank you so much for visiting and for writing in. I talked with the president about the outcome of the cookies. And he said to thank you again. πŸ™‚

      I may have to wait on the banana flapjacks…at least until I get a new spatula. πŸ˜›

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