Friday, April 5, 2013

MRE Cookies for Operation Cookie Takeover

Operation Cookie Takover is an effort to coordinate sending thousands of cookies to the troops in Afghanistan. Having survived my husband working in Baghdad for five years, I know how much packages and reminders from home mean to humans living far away in resource deprived situations.

And let's face it, the world would be a better place if cookies ruled.  Yes? I think so. Here are some pictures of me addressing the United Nation General Assembly and at a press conference regarding my Global More Cookies, Fewer Guns initiative.

OK that was an April Fools joke. The pictures were taken this past Monday on a special private tour of the United Nations arranged by my UN employee husband when his family was visiting from Germany.

Cookies instead of guns anyone?

Readers of this blog know I'm not much of a cookie decorator but for Operation Cookie Takeover I had the idea to make a visual pun cookie creating an MRE. MRE stands for Meals Ready to Eat and are complete meals that come usually in a brown package with black lettering for soldiers. 

So I did my best to make a delicious chocolate treat that hopefully put a smile on a few faces over there.

I used LilaLoa's recipe for Chocolate rollout cookies. They are so flavorful. I love this recipe and have always gotten estatic reviews whenever I use it. The tried and true royal icing recipe is from Bake at 350. I colored some homemade marshmallow fondant black and cut out the MRE letters with small cutters.

The cookies were shipped two weeks ago, with a deadline to all participants to coordinate the last of the cookies to arrive by the 10th of this month.

MRE Cookies on their way to Afghanistan!

When I saw the Facebook images of the cookies starting to arrive, it was amazing. Here are a few shots of the OCT Facebook page that speak for themselves.

You have no idea how happy these pictures make me. 

Operation Cookies Takeover's Facebook page lists the following two sites for contact info. An extra shout out to both Cookie Decorator and Karen's Cookies!

OCT is looking to organize another shipment for Fall. If you are interested in participating, be sure and like their page on Facebook so you can stay up to date on that effort.


  1. I love that you made these MRE cookies. The troops are going to get a kick out of the symbolism of them and they are really going to enjoy devouring these little MRE packs! Super job.

  2. You are clever and caring. I love you.xoxo

  3. I'd definitely choose cookies over guns! How sweet of you to send these over!

  4. Theses are a hoot! What a great idea!

  5. Operation Cookie Takeover - wonderful job you've done, Lora - and that UN speech looked rather convincing! Bravo.

  6. Cookies > guns! This is very sweet of you.

  7. I thought I was the only one that got so happy when I was looking at all of the pictures of the cookies that had arrived safely. :) Thank you for sharing, I thought I was just being silly. But I really did enjoy shipping out the cookies!

  8. I thought I was the only one that got happy when I saw the pictures being posted of the boxes and the cookies as they arrived. :) I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was so happy to be a part of OCT.


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