>sweet gifts


my kids love school. they adore their teachers. we adore their teachers. there are times throughout the year when we do something special to express our gratitude for all they do for our children. when budget allows we contribute cash to a larger class gift, which usually becomes a nice large gift of cash! but with approximately 12 teachers between 2 kids, we can’t always do that. so putting together a thoughtful handmade gift is usually the route we take and not only do the kids really enjoy these projects, they are wallet-friendly…and they usually involve sweet treats!
for the holidays, spending time with family cooking and eating is a bit part of our holiday celebrations so we decided to put together treat jars for our teachers. when we think about our handmade gifts, it’s important to us that our gifts are made of materials that are reusable and/or recyclable.
zoe and silas like to snack on different things so we created 3 different treat jars to share with our teachers:
oatmeal chocolate chip cookie mix- dry ingredients w/instructions on what to add and how to prepare & bake
chewy chocolate chip brownie mix- dry ingredients w/instructions on what to add and how to prepare & bake


after-school snack mix- a creation mix of some of their favorite after-school snack foods


(1) JARS reusable plastic jars w/seal-tight lids: the container store $1.49/each
(2) LABELS water-proof bumper sticker paper for inkjet printer: office supply store $13/pack of 14
(3) HANGTAG card stock paper: most office supply & green office supply stores have recycled & tree-free paper
(4) RIBBON cotton ribbon is biodegradable and can be purchased at the container store or online stationery sites

artwork for label:
i scanned the kids’ drawings and created labels using adobe illustrator. you can use any photo editor to crop and add text too if you don’t have illustrator.

i used the same program to create the hangtag and instructions that were printed on the reverse side of each hangtag.

oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookie mix-

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup raisins

layer the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.


chewy chocolate chip brownie mix-
1 2/3 C. granulated sugar
3/4 C. cocoa
1 1/3 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder

1/4 t. salt
3/4 C. chocolate chips

Layer ingredients in order listed above in jar, pressing firmly after adding each ingredient.

Recipe to attach:
Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 C. melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 T. water and 2 t. vanilla extract; stir well.

Spread into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350° F. oven for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Makes 2 dozen brownies.

after-school snack mix-
combine your favorite snacks into the jar:
cheddar bunnies

another simple and affordable treat to say thank you to your teachers

cookie bags

(1) BAGS glassine food-grade bags (completely biodegradable): can be found online at food specialty packaging sites or simply use plastic sandwich bags (which can be washed and reused).
(2) LABELS sticker paper for inkjet printer: office supply shops $12/pack of 20
(3) COOKIES just add a handful of your favorite cookies

you can make your own treat jar using your favorite recipes and share your favorite snacks in a cute little package……..have fun and don’t forget to add a thoughtful note!!!!!

3 responses to “>sweet gifts

  1. >and my whole family enjoyed them! 🙂

  2. >these treats look amazing! i can't wait to try out these recipes!! 🙂

  3. b

    >Will do this for end of the year presents for Will's teachers! What a great idea!

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