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    >>> too.

    >>> pediatric cancer kills more kids under 18 than any other disease. a spark for a brilliant but very simple idea. the idea, have a bake sale .

    >> over the past two years the charity cookies for kids cancer has raised more than, get this, $700,000 for pediatric cancer research . another mom that joined the cause is oscar nominated --

    >> that sounds so good.

    >> nominated joan cusack . we're so happy to have you here.

    >> we're so glad you're here.

    >> thank you for having me and thank you for doing something a little bit serious on your show.

    >> you lost your father to pancreatic cancer .

    >> i did. i got through to know through my cancer research with that about kids pediatric cancer research . you know how kids grow so fast and cancer grows so fast in kids and that's why it's the leading cause of death in children under accidents.

    >> i'm surprised.

    >> and there's no research on it because it's all, you know, 20 years ago because no one wants to talk about it.

    >> i'm surprised that a bake sale , when you think about the money needed for cancer research and things, billions of gazillions of dollars.

    >> and it's a mom and she's just passionate. just two years ago her son was diagnosed and her son was diagnosed and she's like, there's no research. let's just do something. it's easy.

    >> that's her right there.

    >> so cute.

    >> for the whole november, december is raising, matching every dollar up to $100,000 so you can go to gladtogive and you can buy cookies or make cookies.

    >> let's make some cookies.

    >> most people know how to make cookies. it's just, you know, the butter and sugar.

    >> tell us what you're doing here. do you cook, by the way?

    >> no. i don't have one of these. which would be so fun.

    >> she put in some eggs and vanilla.

    >> everyone knows how to make cookies. honestly.

    >> we have all this stuff, let's mix. we have to participate. this is the part, my son loves to add the oatmeal and the nuts and they're just like let's add the chocolate chips . honestly, go to the website. gladtogive.com and you can order cookies or you can have a bake sale yourself and all goes to research every kind of kids' cancer and it's not just one thing. they already raised $700,000 in two years.

    >> a lot of things go to administrative costs and things like that. this goes right to the research.

    >> right to the research. it's quick. she needs help for her son who is in remission right now.

    >> he's doing all right right now.

    >> it's aggressive and already with the money they made they realize they found a human antibody to help out with it. so, it's an easy way this holiday season , which is so stressful anyway, i think, that you can do something that will make you feel good.

    >> you're already cooking anyway. make a few dozen more and make it count.

    >> give us the website again.

    >> gladtogive.com. it's all there. couple movies coming out.

    >> i do. kids movies. " toy story 3 " is coming out.

    >> those are the best kinds because all they need is your voice. no hair, no makeup, no spanx.

    >> thank you so much.

    >> thank you for having me. thank you --

    >> come back next time.

    >> yes, i'd be happy to.

    >> again, if you would like to hold your own bake sale to benefit kids for cancer, find it on our website.

    >>> still to come, how to make a fashion statement for under 50 bucks right after your local news.

TODAY recipes
updated 11/10/2009 11:13:27 AM ET 2009-11-10T16:13:27

Recipe: Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts and chocolate chips.

5. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

6. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.

7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serving Size

Recipe yields about three dozen cookies


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