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2009 - Send Cookies to Your Favorite Troops Overseas! Allrecipes is Baking! 
Dec. 2, 2009 12:51 pm 
Updated: Dec. 19, 2011 3:45 pm
The Allrecipes Team is baking up a storm this year! We’ve dedicated our annual Christmas Cookie Countdown to troops stationed abroad. We’ll be baking and shipping four-dozen cookies a day for 25 days from now through Dec. 24. What could be sweeter?!

Every day at 12:00 PST we’ll announce a person from those nominated, right here on our blog, and he or she will be the next to receive four dozen holiday cookies baked with love from the Allrecipes kitchen!
You can make and send cookies, too! Get into the spirit of giving this holiday season by sending your own cookie care packages to the troops. We’ve made it easy by outlining guidelines for shipping to military personnel. Join us!
There are restrictions on what foods can be shipped and delivered overseas, especially for the Middle East. Some recipes in the 25-day Christmas Cookie Countdown have been adapted to ensure the cookies for the troops arrive safe and sound. You’ll find the alternate cookie recipes in this special Recipe Box

December 1, Day One recipient -- Special Forces Aviation Unit, nominated by Jen Miller, will receive Pecan Sandies
December 2, Day Two recipient -- SPC Samantha Hinkley, nominated by SUZ1127, will receive Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies
December 3, Day Three recipient -- SSgt Dustin A. Hinds, nominated by kylee, will receive Ice Cream Kolacky cookies 
December 4, Day Four recipient -- M. DePue, nominated by MamaD, will receive Pecan Pie Bars
December 5, Day Five recipient -- CW2 Stephen Dennis, nominated by AnaLovesBananas, will receive Oatmeal Crispies I
December 6, Day Six recipient -- Capt. Wade Wallace, nominated by Laura, will receive Russian Tea Cakes
December 7, Day Seven recipient -- SPC Keith Sanders, nominated by foxynatalie, will receive Linzer Tart Cookies
December 8, Day Eight recipient -- SSgt Dismas Dillree, nominated by Bostonmama, will receive Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
December 9, Day Nine recipient -- Ryan Ashley, nominated by Kate Harrington, will receive
December 10, Day Ten recipient -- SGT Max Cobb, nominated by lilith32, will receive
December 11, Day Eleven recipient -- Elijah Anderson, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Soft Christmas Cookies
December 12, Day Twelve recipient -- CW4 Loyd E. Gaskins, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Peanut Blossoms II
December 13, Day Thirteen recipient -- SGT Jaime C. Ramirez, nominated lizzieslittleliah, will receive Rosettes I
December 14, Day Fourteen recipient -- Cpt. Nick Falcetto, nominated by Regina, will receive Viennese Crescent Holiday Cookies
December 15, Day Fifteen recipient -- SSG Doyle Saylor, nominated by Allison, will receive Easy Lemon Cookies
December 16, Day Sixteen recipient -- Pvt. Christopher Walton, nominated by Ms. Lee, will receive Triple Layer Cookie Bars by EAGLE BRAND
December 17, Day Seventeen recipient -- 1LT Owen R. Calhoun, nominated by Kate Melei, will receive Cranberry Orange Cookies
December 18, Day Eighteen recipient -- The Miller Family, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Candy Cane Cookies
December 19, Day Nineteen recipient -- SFC Harley Depue, nominated by Kat410, will receive Stained Glass Window Cookies
December 20, Day Twenty recipient -- 2LT Andrew J. Harris, nominated by Thankyougram, will receive an adapted version (without spices) of Gingerbread Boys
December 21, Day Twenty-one recipient -- Cpl Chris Campbell, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Christmas Stars
December 22, Day Twenty-two recipient -- Spec. Chris Jensen, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
December 23, Day Twenty-three recipient -- Lucas Chapman, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Double Chocolate Cookies by EAGLE BRAND
December 24, Christmas Eve recipient -- MAJ Jeffrey Erts, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Peppermint Meringues
December 25, Christmas Day recipient -- Spc. Rendon Russell, nominated by a friend on Facebook, will receive Butter Snowflakes

Dec. 1, 2009 12:42 pm
OMG I know how you feel my son Matther is on his way over seas again for the third time Yes I will send him a box of cookies and I will ask all my friends as well
Dec. 1, 2009 2:30 pm
Hi, Everyone! We've got our first troop nomination for receiving Christmas cookies! It's the Special Forces Aviation Unit. The group will receive the adapted version of Pecan Sandies, today's yummy cookie on Allrecipes' Christmas Cookie Countdown. Tell us who you want to nominate for tomorrow's cookies!
Dec. 1, 2009 8:19 pm
I am happy to bake and ship 4 dozen cookies of your choice to the troop of your choice. My son returned safely and is now discharged, thank God. It would be my pleasure.
Dec. 2, 2009 5:46 am
I don't have anyone to nominate this year but I just wanted to say what a wonderful thing it is that AR is doing. :)
Dec. 2, 2009 7:35 am
I put my nomination on Facebook :)
Dec. 2, 2009 12:50 pm
Where, how, who?? Are you baking for BakingGals.com ? Need a little more info here....
Dec. 2, 2009 1:29 pm
Hi everyone! This is Judith writing. Thank you for your the nominations. We've got them on our list. To answer Beth's question, it's Allrecipes staff members who are baking in our very own kitchen. Fun! We'll have some pictures for you by end of week.
Dec. 3, 2009 5:03 am
I made my nomination on Facebook. The man is 55 years old!
Dec. 3, 2009 12:17 pm
Great to have your nominations for cookies! Thank you everyone!
Dec. 3, 2009 1:37 pm
My kids and I are going to bake. Does anyone have some good, shippable cookie recipes? General hints for making cookies shippable?
Dec. 3, 2009 2:59 pm
I don't have anyone to nominate, but I also share rae's view, it is such a wonderful thing you all are doing.
Dec. 3, 2009 3:16 pm
I am a member of Cookie Crumbs in Co Bluffs Ia. We are a group of women who bake monthly for troops. This month we sent 33,000 cookies plus 300 candy wreaths and comfort items. We are at over 260,000 cookies to date. I know how much our men in uniform appreciate the little reminders from home. Thanks to all who remember them, especially this this time of year. God Bless our troops.
Dec. 3, 2009 4:48 pm
I don't personally know of anyone who is serving overseas. Can we get an address to send cookies to anyone serving? Or, sending a care package to a soldier? I read yesterday that the women serving need underwear! They want shampoo, shower gel, panties, bras, emery boards, maybe some cologne, etc. Can AR help with an address?
Dec. 3, 2009 5:16 pm
I'd like to nominate my little brother, Private Christopher Walton. He's stationed in Italy and going to Iraq this month for a year! His wife and son just arrived yesterday to be with him before he leaves and they would love some yummy cookies from Allrecipes! It's totally awesome you guys are doing this :) Thank you, AR!!!
Dec. 3, 2009 7:59 pm
my husband is a marine and they love to get packages, it shows just how many people out there care about the job that they all do and as the wife of one thank you to all who take the time to make my husband and his friends feel appreciated
Dec. 3, 2009 10:32 pm
My grandson, Andrew Harris, is serving in Afganistan and won't be home until next spring. He just got engaged a few days before he had to leave. Since this is his 2nd year in Air Force, I know he has missed all the home baking that goes on around here. A. J.s grandfather served in the Army Guard for 46 years, his grandfather served in the Navy for 3 years and now his younger brother is serving in the Air Force. This is a wonderful expression of thankfulness that All Recipes is doing. I don't think our service men get enough recognition or many thanks for the tremendous responsibility they have taken upon themselves. I thank you for what you are doing for these boys--young and old. I would love for A. J. to get a package of cookies--but regardless of that--thank you so much!!
Dec. 4, 2009 1:57 am
It will be my pleasure to make cookies. I sent a question re: Can I make something like hermits or filled cookies? Thank you,
Dec. 4, 2009 7:21 am
My husband just got home on saturday. I think this is a great thing you guys are doing!
Dec. 4, 2009 7:41 am
You guys are great. I wish I knew about this before both my brothers returned home safe and sound. I kept a letter writing campaign while they were enlisted and you all can't imagine what it means to them.
Dec. 4, 2009 9:07 am
I would love to support the troops in this very sweet way. Give me a name and I will be very happy to bake for them. Jan
Dec. 4, 2009 10:22 am
I am working on getting a group of friends together this weekend to bake some cookies to send. Do any of you know if I need to have anything specific on the return address so they don't throw them out because they didn't come from a relative? Maybe one of you wouldn't mind passing my info along to your soldier so they will accept our package of goodies? Here is my email if you would like my info to pass on. itsablondethingforme@yahoo.com
Mel K 
Dec. 4, 2009 12:08 pm
Thanks for all the baking you are all doing in the kitchens there and thanks for sharing this with all of us. Christmas should be a special time for our men and women serving in the Armed Forces and I consider it an honor to bake cookies and to pray over the packages as I prepare them for mailing.The house smells wonderful and my husband has declared himself the official taster of each cookie; says we cannot possibly send out cookies unless we know they are good. God bless each and every one who is serving our country,we pray for their safety.Thanks again Allrecipes Team for all that you are doing!
Dec. 4, 2009 12:30 pm
Hi, everyone! We are so pleased to have everyone's nominations and comments! It's a community effort and we love it! Thank you!!!! If you want to join in, check the AR Blog post for names and APO addresses. We're adding them everyday. Note that you need to have USPS Customs Forms for the packages. (Thankyougram, I deleted your long comment, but your grandson Andrew is on our list!) Happy baking! Judith
Dec. 4, 2009 2:07 pm
My husband is finally back safe and sound but just reading these makes me teary eyed. As a wife of active duty for ten years now my heart is closely tied to the men and women serving. Thank you so much for thinking of them this year. Just really puts things right in this crazy world. Much love and good luck to all bakers and receivers! May your ovens bake consistently all the way through and your loved ones come home safe. ;)
Dec. 4, 2009 3:04 pm
I would really encourage everyone to get involved in this, it is such a good cause! My sailor is deployed in Afghanistan and I try to send him a package of baked goods about every two weeks. He works in an emergency department so he brings in the cookies, muffins and other food to share with everyone in the hospital. I think it is the best way to send a little piece of love when I am so far away. I know it means a lot to all of them so please get involved, baking is such a fun and easy way to support the troops! God bless!
Dec. 4, 2009 3:43 pm
I can't tell you how wonderful this whole idea is. Great job AR!!!! Thank you so much for giving other people the opportunity to give back. I've had classmates and family members serve and I am so appreciative of everything they do for us. I will definitely be sending out some extra goodies this year. Thanks again!
Dec. 4, 2009 10:27 pm
I am so humbled by the requests. I enjoy the freedom to raise my son and work at a job that I am blessed to have because of the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep this country free. I don't have anyone over seas, but I would be honored to send as many care packages as my finances allow. To all those that have loved ones over seas: Thank you for your sacrifice. I pray for our troops daily because without them, this country would be h e l l. God bless each of you! I'll be posting updates as I work my way down the list and send cookie packages.
Dec. 4, 2009 11:38 pm
Mea - my prayers are with your son! My brother too, ate MRE's on Thanksgiving. The one thing you said, which I have noticed among any soldier in the service - THEY NEVER COMPLAIN. Their conditions are bad, and yet, the few times they are able to call home - they never complain. If you don't mind, I would like to take his address from your post and send him a Christmas card! - Sarah
Michele K. 
Dec. 5, 2009 7:43 am
What a wonderful thing!! I am so thankful for all of the men & women serving for us & our country! Bless them. I don't know anyone over there right now, but was wondering if it would be alright to send some cookies on my own to some of the addresses that have been supplied? would love to show my gratitude!!! Bless you all this holiday season.
Dec. 5, 2009 8:40 am
I don't have a specific soldier to send cookies too. I lost my brother in Viet Nam 40 years ago and I feel that any person serving this country at home or abroad is deserving of all out love and support whether it be with gifts of cookies, prayers, or a heartfelt thank you. God Bless our men and women in uniform this Holiday season and everyday.
Dec. 5, 2009 8:54 am
Our Nephew Jeff A warnock deployed this past fall and he is a newly wed. allison and he were married Dec. 26,2008.basically this is their first anniversary and Christmas as husband and Wife and she is in Denver,colorado while he is in Afghanistan.he loves to cook and would LOVE some Cookies from back home.He has given his new life to his country just as he started it.he was stationed for the first few months of their marriage in Seattle,Washington.A new relationship let alone a marriage is alot of sacrifice for this young couple ,if you could just see how they light up a room when they are together it's magical just like a taste of your cookies from home would be to him,one vet=ry lonely soldier and wife this year for their first anniverasary.keep your faith It will get better and you Will have your Whole lives ahaed of you to use that antique baby bed and high chair lol,Love you both with all our hearts ,Uncle Kevin and aunt Cheryl
Dec. 5, 2009 9:01 am
We should be doing this all year 'round. I know the troops would appreciate cookies (and other goodies) all the time.
Dec. 5, 2009 10:11 am
bostonmom - Please let your husband know they are cookies on their way from Arizona for his soldiers!!!!!
Dec. 5, 2009 2:57 pm
I'm very interested in participating - a few questions: What is the best way to send the cookies and how long does it take until the troops receive them? Is there a prefered way to pack them? Etc. Any advice from a successful baker/shipper would be appreciated.
Dec. 5, 2009 8:07 pm
Loves to Cook in AZ. Thank you so much. My husband and his soldiers will be thrilled. Although he loves to receive packages from us, a package from a stranger almost means more as it lets him know how much his service is appreciated. I can already imagine the huge smile that this will bring to his face. Thank you again.
Dec. 5, 2009 10:49 pm
This is wonderful. I wish I would have known this last year when my husband was deployed. My little brother is deployed this year. Any tips on packaging cookies? The ones I sent my husband's squadron last year were dust when they arrived.
Dec. 6, 2009 2:03 am
Just a note for those who don't know anyone overseas but would like to send something to troops: http://www.anysoldier.com/ =]
Dec. 6, 2009 11:08 am
Just letting "BOSTONMOM" know that I am personally sending her hubby four dozen cookies this week. Thanks for your family's service to our Country!
Dec. 6, 2009 12:06 pm
We're thrilled to hear some of you are also getting involved with baking and sending cookies to our troops! Thank you! This is Judith writing. For zhouse and anyone looking for cookies that ship successfully--and info about how to pack them--check this Allrecipes How To article: http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Mailing-Cookies/Detail.aspx. There are also more guidelines in the blog post above. Happy baking!!!
Dec. 6, 2009 3:27 pm
I think what you're doing is great, however, posting soldier's addresses online like this is very dangerous and a violation of operational security. Unfortunately, there are too many people who aim to harm our loved ones and I'd hate for something to happen because of such a generous gesture.
Dec. 6, 2009 4:42 pm
Maccafan. Thank you for the cookies. I know my husband and his soldiers will be thrilled and honored with all of the cookies they are to receive. Because two people have already sent him cookies, I am going to ask that anyone else wanting to send cookies to please send them to any of the other deserving soldiers listed above. I am also going to withdraw his nomination to give others a chance to receive cookies. I hope you all understand how much the cookies mean to the soldiers and their families. Thank you again.
Dec. 6, 2009 9:52 pm
Thank you for sending cookies to troops, Allrecipes! My husband spent two Christmases away from us in Iraq and sending him tons of cookies not only made me and the kids happy, but it made him very popular :) We're blessed to finally have him home this year. Bless everyone who has loved ones overseas this year!
Dec. 6, 2009 11:29 pm
Maybe I'll be back with an address to nominate a friend of our, but I wanted to remind those who are posting addresses not to include the country or base that the service member is located at. I love to hear everyone's stories, but please remember that this is a public forum and anyone can see these- including those who would wish your loved one's harm! Keep posting those addresses though - I'll be sending out some cookies, too! Can't wait to check out the feedback of the aftermath of something like this!
Dec. 7, 2009 8:15 am
Just wanted to let "DEBBIE" "ANNAANJ" "LILLITH32" and "LIZZIELITTLELIAH" know that cookies are on their way to their soldiers! We are mailing them out today from KS. Please let your soldiers know and thank them for their continued service to our country! God Bless!
Dec. 7, 2009 9:25 am
First off let me say how this is such a fantastic idea. While reading the story I was inspired after holding my annual Cookie Echange this past Saturday and all 18 of us gals bringing 3 dozen cookies to the party and realizing its not about the cookies is about getting together and enjoying each others company in the holiday spirit. I would love to send my cookies to a few deserving men and women who are serving this great country of ours. I also would love for next year for my cookie exchange for all the ladies that come we could box the cookies that day at my next years cookie party and ship them to men and women who are serving our country. Is there anyone who can give me sugestions of how to get addresses for the men and women next year when it is time to send cookies next year. Please feel free to e-mail me any questions at Ulilrat@sbcglobal.net Thanks and God Bless!!
Dec. 7, 2009 11:27 am
Hi, cookie bakers! If you'd like to help with Allrecipes' Cookies for the Troops project, please write JenniferM@allrecipes.com. She'll give you the military address of someone stationed overseas. We are no longer posting addresses on the site for security reasons. Thank you! Happy baking!
Dec. 7, 2009 2:42 pm
I'd really love to send a couple boxes to our troops, but don't have a specific name to comply with the rules. I'm a former Marine, so if there's a Marine serviceman or servicewoman who'd like a treat box for the holidays, I'd love to send one off next Monday (doing the massive baking thing this weekend). Thank you, Rebecca Coleman-Polifroni (rpolifroni@columbus.rr.com)
Dec. 7, 2009 2:46 pm
Oops! Meant to e-mail my last post. Thank you very much for putting bakers and specific service members together. I really appreciate the effort!
Dec. 7, 2009 6:10 pm
My husband is stationed overseas and I can't tell you how much it means to him and his buddies when he gets a package of goodies! His buddies love it almost as much as he does! This is a wonderful thing you are doing!
Dec. 7, 2009 8:42 pm
I have shipped overseas to troops before and found that making mini loaves of breads instead of big loaves travels better. I also pack each loaf in a ziploc sandwich bag. It makes for better shipping and the soldiers can carry them easier in their pockets while out in the field.
Dec. 8, 2009 6:37 am
BOSTONMOM, please repeat the address! the zip code doesn't have but 5 numbers, its asking for 4 more. Also, will it the pkg get through to them since they do not know my name (not a family member)?
Dec. 8, 2009 7:51 am
Thank you All Recipes! With multiple family members deployed and out-of-country this means so much!
Dec. 8, 2009 10:18 am
Thanks Allrecipes! When I came across this blog it brought tears to my eyes! My sweetheart will be leaving on his second tour overseas in March, and I so appreciate all of the support and thoughtful things that people do to honor our troops. God bless America!
Dec. 8, 2009 4:01 pm
Hello! This is a special note for SarahP from Judith. We've added your brother's name and address and to our Allrecipes cookie list. I'm deleting your comment, which includes his address for security reasons. But we've got him covered! If anyone wants to bake and send cookies to the troops, please write to JenniferM@allrecipes.com. She's coordinating cookie bakers so we send treats to as many troops as we can! Thank you, and happy baking!
Dec. 9, 2009 12:41 pm
I would like to make cookies for someone who may not have someone to bake for him/her. Any suggestions where I can find names and addresses? Thanks!
Dec. 9, 2009 3:11 pm
Thank You so much Judith @ Allrecipes!
Dec. 9, 2009 4:14 pm
there is a website called anysoldier.com that will get you addresses of soldiers overseas. be forewarned that soldiers are told not to accept homemade goods from unknown individuals, and that should they get any, they should simply throw them away. hopefully, the names and addresses that allrecipes are giving out have cleared this in some way.
Dec. 9, 2009 4:19 pm
Thank you for sending cookies to my husband! We both appreciate you!
Dec. 10, 2009 8:44 am
I have submitted my nomination through the email address. Will I get a message back stating it has been recieved or if I was selected...I am submitting it on here just incase. I am nominating my boyfriend Cpl Shane Prouty. He is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367. Squadron 367 recently made history as being the first squadron to deploy with the UH-1Y "Yankee" SuperCobra helicopter. Squadron 367 deployed Oct 21, 2009 and within a couple days of being deployed, they lost four of their fellow marines and two of their helicopters. I could never imagine how discouraging this could be, a squadron being deployed barely a week and have such a great lost. However with the loss, they fight on for our freedom. I have not enough words to thank Shane and fellow marines for the time, effort, sweat, blood and tears they give. We take for granted the fact that we get hot meals and showers everyday while our troops fighting for our freedom are lucky if get a hot meal or shower daily . It would mean so much to me if Shane received a package of cookies to say, "Thank You, Thank You for risking your life for my freedom."
Dec. 10, 2009 11:15 am
betty Dec. 4, 2009 7:21 am My husband just got home on saturday. I think this is a great thing you guys are doing! Betty, get off the computer girl and go thank your husband with a big, fat kiss.. and a bunch of cookies! I wished I was joining you A/R.. we volunteer at our local American Legion to bake cookies and other yummies to send to our troops overseas! And let's not forget our homeless veterans.. everyone else has. Thank a vet!
Dec. 10, 2009 12:05 pm
Just wanted to send a special thank you to ar for getting this whole thing up and running. My sweetie will be home with us this Christmas (thank GOD) but we cannot forget those who are less fortunate this holiday season. It really means a lot to us that so many are doing thoughtful things for our troops! Thanks again and Happy Holidays!
Dec. 10, 2009 6:01 pm
I just returned from my second deployment this year and I have to say your efforts are very much appreciated. There's nothing quite like receiving home baked yumminess from home when you're so far away. On behalf of all my brothers and sisters in arms I sincerely thank you :).
Dec. 11, 2009 5:42 am
May I send cookies from Sweden?
Dec. 11, 2009 9:33 am
As an Army wife who has spent 2 Christmas seasons apart from my husband, I have to say I appreciate you all helping give the guys and girls down range a piece of home for the holidays. Last year, I sent 12 dozen cookies to my husband to share with over 150 soldiers. They each thanked me, but I couldn't take all teh credit. I have 4 children under 7 who helped complete them all. What else were we going to do with our time? What better way than to send a tasty THANKS to a bunch of soldiers? They are all home safe now, but I want to continue sending yummy treats from home to the others still over there. I am lucky to be closely associated with an Army post, so I can easily get addresses of units to send to. Last year we also got the names and addresses of about 50 soldiers, who have no family, to send handmade Christmas cards and a few small gifts to. I can say it honestly makes a difference to a soldier, especially ones who have nobody but their fellow soldiers. So anyone who thinks it is too small a gesture, think again. It makes them feel loved, appreciated, and not forgotten. Thank you to all who are contributing to our Heroes. THANK YOU!
Dec. 11, 2009 1:40 pm
I nominated my daughter, PFC Kara, in Okinawa for a two year assignment on Facebook, because though she has suffered injury upon injury during training, she is well known for "momming" everyone. She dropped out of college to try to become a Marine, and doesn't complain about her circumstances. Cactus Rose got it right that the women really need 'girly' things, and many really love to have their toenails painted underneath their combat boots! Unfortunately, colognes and shower gels containing alcohol are prohibited to send. I don't know whether it's a 9-11 thing, or a regulation against alcoholic beverages that necessitates these sad rules. Please note that it takes 6-8 days to recieve mail. I am not sure the best way to pack cookies, but I sure learned a mailing lesson yesterday! FLAT RATE PACKAGES! Thanks to everyone that is sending cookies-- Caring for one serviceperson cares for them all. There are no words from us mothers for that...
Dec. 11, 2009 4:23 pm
I would love to paricipate. Please email me the address of a loved soldier in need. I would be more than glad to bake for him. Since it is my favorite past time. Thank you for the great idea.
Dec. 11, 2009 4:26 pm
ps: kfsocailbutterfly@gmail.com
Dec. 11, 2009 5:15 pm
I hate to be the party pooper here, but has been stated, the soldiers are instructed to throw away anything they receive from someone they don't know. While I'm sure everyone here is meaning well, the site is public and ANYONE can get on here, including ANYONE who wants to harm someone. It isn't just about the fact that we really don't know anyone who is posting on here, but what about those who aren't posting but emailing? In fact, I'm not sending any cookies to anyone on any list, because no one here knows me either. I've gone thru the anysoldiers.com that has been posted here, and they'll tell you not to send homemade food. Keep in mind there are SO many other ways you can show support without having to send homemade cookies. Why does it HAVE to be cookies? There are so many other things they appreciate. Send them a card or a letter/note. There are other things they need, most of them practical things. Like I said, hate to be a party pooper, but while hearts may be in the right place, I think you've got to see this from an other side besides your own.
Dec. 11, 2009 7:00 pm
Thank you, I will let Eli (Elijah Anderson) know that cookies are on their way to him.
Dec. 12, 2009 12:16 am
Erimess, although in theory you may be correct, I doubt very highly there are any rogue terrorist bakers lurking about on Allrecipies.com. My brother was in the first Gulf war, and as his name was in the newspaper, he received several care packages at Christmas time from complete strangers, most of which included some sort of home baked goods. As Christmas is the time of year that is most associated with being at home with family and friends he was overwhelmed with emotion when he received them and very much appreciative. He could not get over the fact that total strangers cared enough to remember him and support him at Christmas time. He felt that he was not “forgotten”. Why does it have to be cookies you ask? I don’t know anything about your background but for a lot of people, myself and my brother included, they remind them of being a child in the warmth, safety and security of their mom’s or grandma’s kitchen. So I guess one could consider sending cookies is like sending hugs in a box.
Dec. 12, 2009 9:38 am
I guess I have totally messed up. Our church used to send care packages to our local guard unit when they were active & we always baked cookies to send. I recently sent a care package to a soldier from the Any Soldier website & included home made cookies. Hopefully she'll appreciate the thought & know that we care about her even if the cookies have to be trashed. I did include my full name, address & e-mail address to add some legitimacy to our package.
Dec. 12, 2009 1:38 pm
I just added my son's name and his troops APO Addy to the list for cookies. I thank you so much for an opportunity like this to have excellent cookies sent to these men stuck out in the boonies of a foreign country, who have no cooks, no hot meals, and mail only delivered once a week. My goal is to send lots of books to establish a small library for his unit, and the men who will replace him next year around Thanksgiving time. I have collected over 200 books and I am finally able to send the books to the troops, and hopefully will have a small library of 250-300 "guy" oriented books established there before my son returns to America. I am also sending dozens of DVDs since I understand that everyone has a PC to play the movies on. The men are in a dangerous area, and must stand watch 24/7, but when they have time, I suspect that the books and DVDs will be very appreciated.
Dec. 12, 2009 6:11 pm
great idea guys!
Dec. 12, 2009 8:33 pm
Erimess, I too, see your point. However, I'm positive these ladies at allrecipes.com are harmless and only trying to do a good deed for these soldiers. My brother is in Kuwait currently, and the number one thing requested by his whole unit is homeade cookies. I have gave his address to these ladies in hopes his name gets picked!
Dec. 14, 2009 11:39 am
I am Lloyd Gaskins' "friend on Facebook" and I'm thrilled for him. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for selecting him for Peanut Blossoms II. I'm going to have to bake some just to know what he's getting!
Dec. 14, 2009 9:06 pm
I entered an essay yesterday about my deployed son, and today I won the cookies for him and his men. I am thrilled to have won, and consider this an honor. My son and his troops will be really surprised and pleased to receive some cookies from someone who knows how to bake them! I can make cake cakes, but somehow my cookies are disasters. So, Thank You Allrecipes' Chefs for selecting my son and his troops for these cookies. I know that the cookies will be a pleasure considering that they have no Mess Hall, no hot food, and are only eating MREs. This is a Blessing to us, and again, Thank You from the bottom of my heart...Hugs...Linda
Kim C. 
Dec. 15, 2009 8:53 pm
I wanted to send a special thank you to Angela Williamson. I nominated my "baby" brother, Richard, for cookies...he is currently stationed in Iraq. She sent a care package to him, and sent me pictures. Thank you SO MUCH for spending your time and be so gracious to someone you don't even know. It means a lot to our family. We miss him terribly, especially during the holidays, and it is so nice to know that people care. And thank you to Allrecipes for such a wonderful project!
Dec. 22, 2009 3:11 pm
Only a few days left...I'm hoping my brother SPC Steven Breitag still gets some cookies!!!!!!
Dec. 27, 2009 10:28 am
My husband, Jaime Ramirez, received his cookies a few days ago. He wanted to thank you all for your time and effort and of course the delicious cookies. The men in his shop also want to thank you. This really made his holiday much brighter :-)
Dec. 29, 2009 10:39 am
My husband received cookies and emailed me the recipe already. he loved that it was an Italian Ricotta cookie. (He is Italian) he will return to us the first week in February. Thanks again. I did not see his name in the above listing. Joyce
Mar. 4, 2010 10:21 am
I was just reviewing your Veal Parmesan recipe. Who is the person writing these recipes? Recipes are supposed to be listed first by ingredients in order of procedure, which follows next. The ingredient list is all over the place. Also, the mozzarella mentioned in the ingredients list says "thinly sliced", then in procedure says "sprinkle with mozzarella" Get it together, PLEASE!!
May 18, 2010 7:19 pm
I am looking for a cookie recipe that will stay moist until they get to the troops. My husband says when they get cookies they are always dry and hard. He said one guy's mom adds bread. Has anyone heard of adding bread to the recipe? I am looking for recipe suggestions.
Oct. 19, 2010 1:31 am
Mcbert- when the cookies begin to dry out they take the moisture from the bread... I personally would be afraid to send bread for fear of mold... But then again it takes 3 weeks for my hubby to receive packages!!
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