When it comes to back to school, I’m following in my Mom’s footsteps. For the first day of school, the last day of school, and many days in between she would surprise me with various treats. For my lunchbox, after school, report card day, you name it and she was making it special. That’s just what she did. Have I mentioned she was a great cook? I come by my love of cooking and baking naturally.
Sadly, my boys are past the lunchbox days now, but when they were younger we would pick out treats to make together. As they got older they would help me make them. They do love being in the kitchen. They would pick chocolate chip (a favorite), brownies, cowboy cookies, peanut butter, and M&M cookies. But now that they are past the lunchbox age I like to surprise them with treats, not only for a job well done in school, but just because. During holidays, I also like to mix it up and make a treat geared toward the holiday. For Christmas these Christmas Sprinkle Cookies are a favorite. Pumpkin cookies for Fall, one of my Mom’s recipes. A cheerful cookie for spring are the daisy shortbread. M&M cookie bars for Easter.
In just a few short years my oldest will be heading off to college. While I know I’ll be excited for him while missing him terribly I know I can continue to make things special with care packages. Something to look forward to.
This giant milk chocolate chip cookie makes two. It is a delicious after school treat they have come to “suggest” I make. One of their other favorite “suggestions” is the Hershey bar pie. For many kids, back to school is a time they dread. It’s really easy to make it more tolerable with a special treat.