Bars for SARS raises funds for PPE
A shortbread cookie topped with caramel and chocolate, called Millionaire's Shortbread, is making its way around Lake Oswego and raising money for COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts in the process.
Rising Lake Oswego High School seniors Chris Dettmer and Clark Jones are behind this relief effort.
"We wanted to do something that would allow us to give back," Jones said.
Last school year, Dettmer brought some shortbread cookies to school for his friends to try. He said it was well received and he was encouraged to turn it into a business. He enlisted the help of Jones and they planned to sell them during last year's spring tennis season. When school closed and the season got canceled, Dettmer and Jones decided to go ahead with their plan, with one change: Profits would go toward providing PPE to health care workers.
Dettmer started baking a couple years ago. He started off with cakes, pies and creme brulee, which he said is surprisingly easy to make.
Out of curiosity he decided to try an "America's Test Kitchen" recipe for Millionaire's Shortbread, a cookie popular in the U.K.
The recipe he uses for Bars for SARS is an adapted version of that one.
"It's sort of like a gourmet Twix," Dettmer said.
While Dettmer is making the product, Jones manages the website, social media accounts and cookie orders.
"Before the pandemic, the motivation was (that) I really wanted to learn about starting a business," Dettmer said.
He's even taking a business class this summer.
But, Dettmer said their motivation now is just to help in coronavirus relief efforts however they can.
"It's been really great both to have people like the cookies and like what we're doing," Dettmer said.
Jones said they plan to continue the business into the school year.
"Obviously the pandemic isn't going away anytime soon. We hope to still help health care workers," Dettmer said.
Dettmer described the cookie as rich, sweet and fatty.
That explains why about 300 Bars for SARS have been sold so far. The business partners are in the process of making their first donation of $500 to Direct Relief.
Each cookie is a 2-inch-by-2-inch square sold for $2.50.
Bars for SARS does free local delivery.
Visit their website to view the delivery form.
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