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Hey. The school year is long. And it never hurts to try and get on the teacher’s good side early on. : ) So I asked Amy of This Heart of Mine to create a sweet back-to-school gift for teachers — something fun you can bake with your kids! (Take note: the squeeze bottles are genius.) — Gabrielle
Another summer is at its end and school’s start is coming soon (or maybe it’s already begun!). It’s hard to part with the lazy days of summer, for student and teacher alike. Lucky students, they get new gear, new backpacks, new pencils, maybe new clothes if there was some summer growth. Teachers might get a few new materials too, but why not help start their year with a little extra sweetness?
Letter cookies have to be one of the cutest things ever! After some frustration with another set, I found and liked this set (and it has so many more for the rest of the year). I used this recipe (the sugar cookies one) and was extremely happy with it. Easy to make, easy to use, and the results were sweet indeed.
As for the frosting, it’s an unmeasured mix of powdered/confectioner’s sugar, vanilla or almond extract and milk, stirred together into a not too thick, not too thin frosting. I added food coloring to make fun tones. Then, using squeeze bottles, I topped off the cookies. If you don’t have squeeze bottles, a spoon and a guiding finger works too.
While the frosting is setting (give them a good 24 hours or more, depending on the thickness and consistency of the frosting), a lovely treat bag can be made. Muslin bags make for a perfect blank canvas for any type of gifting. You can find them in various craft stores or online here. Or, in my case, make them yourself.
Old-school hand-writing practice lines add just the right touch of ‘school’ to the bags. I used acrylic paints and free-hand painted the lines on.
Leave the lines blank or add your own message. Let it completely dry.
When all the parts are ready, get them together and have some fun. Pack the bags with the teacher’s name.
Or fill it with a fun message.
Or, if you want to be extra sweet, give the whole alphabet!
Whatever you choose, it will surely start the year off right.
THIS IDEA WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:
– Treats or favors for a birthday party with a “school” theme — even invitations!
– A gift for your favorite new kindergartener.
– A fun way to send a secret message, or for a teenager to ask someone to a big dance. The recipient could unscramble the letters to find the word(s).
P.S. — Want more ideas? You can find all the Perfect Gift posts here.