SHIRLEY — The 1964 book “Flat Stanley,” by Jeff Brown, has inspired many school projects over the years.

Last year, resident and parent Linda Quinones created a Flat Stanley-esque character named Smiley Miley. Miley is a two-dimensional character who loves to laugh and joke, so Lura A. White (LAW) School students sent Miley to friends and families asking them to send back their best jokes.

At the end of the year, a book compiling all of the humorous material was put together, copied and sold for a small fee.

This past November, Quinones created another flat character: Braise. Braise, the son of Julienne and Finely Chopped, loves to cook, so students sent him around the world and asked people to send recipes back to the school for Braise to try out.

Every student sent out a letter, said LAW librarian Kathryn Lyon, and the response was overwhelming. With the help of library volunteer Gena Pandiscio, Lyon organized this project.

Over 75 percent of the letters were answered, including letters to the White House, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, WGBH’s kids’ character, Fetch, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

All of the recipes will now be put together in a recipe book that will be available for purchase through the school or at the Shirley Hoe Down June 7.

“The cookbooks cost $5,” said Lyon. “We’re selling them at cost because we feel it’s important that every student who participated in the project is able to have one.”

Also for sale is the storybook telling the tale of Braise penned by Quinones.

As a culmination of this year-long endeavor, Lyon put together a very fitting event: a Braise Bake Off.

Families were asked to bake their favorite cookies May 16 for a bake sale — which raised over $200 — and a tasting contest. There were over 50 entries. A judging panel of teachers, parents, police officers, staff, community members and students tasted each morsel and washed it down with some good, cold milk.

Each entrant received a copy of the Braise cookbook and a cookie-cutter medal. Other prizes included Braise storybooks and oven mitts and aprons designed by Quinones. The Best in Show cookie was a vanilla pudding chocolate chip cookie baked by Lindsey and Jessica Vigliotti.

“We are thrilled with the outcome — good food, good people, good times and good memories,” said Lyon. “Life doesn’t get any better.”