Sandbag Cookies

Growing up in the Red River Valley (Fargo, North Dakota) I am all to familiar with flooding. 

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Seeing waters rise and feeling the dread of the unknown was an annual event around the Red River.  So I have been especially sensitive to the emotion around the rising of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.  I feel as if I may even know what the residents are feeling… may have some insight to what it looks like to watch water lap the edges of your home.

I decided to make some sandbag cookies… millions and millions of sandbags have been filled in North Dakota over the years.  I wont even begin to estimate how many have been filled in 2011 all across the Unites States!

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But I wanted to also share a message a hope.  Although we have all seen the destruction that water can do… we have also seen cities rebuild. 

We have seen people join together and offer support, hope, and prayers.

I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to all those who have dedicated time, strengths, and donations to help save homes and lives.

I also figured it might be neat to share this cookie technique in case anyone wanted to make their own sandbag cookies for someone deserving.

Simply start out with a blank cookie.  I made a couple dozen sandbag cookies and let them sit for about 36 hours. (I would recommend at least 24)

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Get your food coloring pen and create your design of choice.

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I decided to make a 'stamp' like design.

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To create the double stamp impression I took a piece of paper towel and pressed it down on the drawing being careful not to move the paper towel around.

I then simply just lifted up the paper towel and moved it to the left about an inch, then pressed it back down on the cookie, gently but firmly.

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You can press the paper towel down longer to get a darker impression.

It just adds a bit of depth a otherwise very simple and boring design.

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Throw them on some brown sugar and call it a day.

Stand strong everyone dealing with the effects of these record breaking rising rivers…  we are rooting for you!

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  1. meaghan (the decorated cookie) says

    Wonderful. Love your design and technique! I posted a link on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

  2. Alexa May says

    I’m actually from Fargo, ND as well. I didn’t know you were originally from here as well, imagine my surprise reading that one of my favorite bloggers grew up in my hometown!
    Sandbagging is definitely a yearly tradition now more so than ever. 2009 was by far worse than this year but flooding is bad no matter the amount.
    Very cute cookies and I love your blog!!

  3. Amber says

    Great idea, I am far away from all the flooding in Tennessee but we are having our own problems here in Utah with flooding. My parents live in a mountain town were a river runs through there back yard. The community came together and filled hundreds of sandbags for the homeowners along the river it was so wonderful. I think I might make these to say thank you.
    How did you make the sandbag shape? By hand or with a cutter? Thanks

  4. Kayre says

    I’m from south Louisiana and I just want to say, “Thank You!” for reminding the world of our predicament.
    Hugs!

  5. says

    Being born in Manitoba, Canada I understand the flooding. We moved before I was old enough to be afraid of that but this year with the major flooding and having family out there is a little scary. Those sandbag cookies are for a good cause

  6. says

    I love this idea Amanda! We don’t have such scariness here in the UK – except once a couple of years ago, and it was only a slight river overflow compared to those happening in the USA…
    Thanks again for sharing, and for the tutorial :)
    Lxo

  7. Kelly Savelkoul says

    Hi! I found you via Bake @ 350, and your cookies are beautiful. I am also from Fargo, though now in WI, and I remember all too well filling and placing sandbags in 2009. My heart breaks for all those struggling with the wrath of flood waters.
    Kelly