Leading up to the first day of school, little man had three days off. They were three very long days for me. Way too much time to think and analyze and try to plan things that are 100% out of my control.
I don’t do well with waiting.
Over those three days, even though little man and I were having awesome time, I decided I needed to bake. Cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.
Of course, that would then mean that I would have to eat cookies. Or throw the cookies out. Neither which was a great option, in my humble opinion.
So, I came up with a plan. Little man has a few friends in and around the neighborhood that we see pretty much daily: his carpool buddy, the next door neighbors, and a few others. I thought I could make cookies to my heart’s content, and then gift little lunch bags of cookies to his friends and their families as a way to celebrate the first day of school.
Each bag included two oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, two peanut butter and jelly cookies and a little box of milk. Because what are cookies without milk?
Next time, I think I’ll also add some little bags of sliced apples or baby carrots.
Want to make some of these delicious cookies for yourself? Check out Iowa Girl Eats for these Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies and Inside Bru Crew Life for the Peanut Butter Jelly cookies. I’m not really a huge cookie fan, but I don’t think I could pick a favorite. The chocolate chip oatmeal ones were so chewy and perfectly chocolatey, and the hint of raspberry in the peanut butter jelly cookies was unexpectedly perfect complement to the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter. Even little man, who doesn’t love jelly in any form, keeps asking me to make more.
I think this is a back-to-school tradition we will be keeping. At least until little man decides that having his mom bake cookies for him and his friends is the epitome of uncool.
I’m always looking for great cookie recipes, so please feel free to share some of your favorites!
Karen @karenlovestorun says
Such a cute idea! I love back to school traditions. I give my students a small bag of goldfish with a tag that says “you are o-fish-ally a kindergartner!”. Something about goldfish makes me think of childhood and school.
The cookies look delicious! Do you deliver? :p
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I love that goldfish idea! I don’t think his teacher did a back to school welcome gift this year, although I’ve seen some friends post pics of things similar to what you did. I was really thrilled with both these recipes. I can cook and bake a lot of things, but cookies and I are not on great terms for some reason.
Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom says
I love this idea! So cute 🙂 I love homemade chocolate chip cookies..plain and simple 🙂
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Do you have a favorite recipe? Mine always come out so flat, which is why my friend pointed me to this oatmeal based recipe. The oats helped make them thick and chewy.
Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides says
This is adorable! Kids to go day-care after school each day so I have nothing to do with their snacks…booo.
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Oh, boo! That’s ok, though. Cookies aren’t just for afternoon snacks. They are great for dessert after dinner and on weekends too 🙂
I love this new tradition your starting! How cute and creative!!! Also, your a great cookie maker, those look great, mine don’t always turn out that perfect looking:)
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Aw, thank you! I think these were just excellent recipes. Usually, my cookies are pretty ugly.
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SUCH a cute idea! I feel like a total slacker mom now. LOL
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LOL! Nah. It was either bake cookies or start stripping paint off the kitchen table. I seriously had so much anxiety to burn through.
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero says
What a cute back to school tradition. You are such a fun mom!
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<3 I'm really not that fun. That's why I have to have cookie gimmicks.