Teacher appreciation starts on May 7th, 2013. It is so important to recognize each teacher through out the year, but I do like that the teachers are given extra attention for this week. I wanted to share with you some of the ways to say thank you to those who have our children longer than we do during the day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to say thank you, it is the thought that counts. So I am sharing some homemade Teacher Appreciation Gifts for the DIYer.
I made these pencil vases last year, but each of my kids wanted me to make them for their teachers again this year. I did not add the colored pencils that I included last year and found larger vases at the Dollar Store. For around $4 this is quite the gift.
This year I thought I would mix things up a little by making some cookies in the jars. Thanking the teachers for making some smart cookies this year… This way they can enjoy the cookies on their terms and they won’t go stale amongst the other food offerings this week.
Cookies In a Jar Recipe:
Make 1 gift jar
Prep time 10 minutes
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 c. granulated sugar
- 1 cup Semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup quick or old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, white or semi sweet chip, M and Ms, raisins, or nuts
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart glass canister or jar in the following order (from top to bottom): Granulated sugar, the 1 cup of chips, the brown sugar, flour mixture, oats and 1/2 chips. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next one.
Cover: attach baking directions to jar.
Make a fun sticker label and baking directions tag to make it personal for the occasion:
Cookie in the Jar baking directions:
- heat oven to 375′.
- Empty contents of jar into large bowl.
- Add 1/2 c softened butter, 1 slightly beaten egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract, stir until well mixed.
- Drop dough by heaping tsp 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. b
- Bake 8-10 mins or until edges are lightly browned.
- Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Makes 2 doz
I found these adorable Chalk Board mugs from Hi Sugar Plum. The cost will be less if you made more as I think the spray paint would be the biggest expense.
If you want to make something else from the kitchen check out these adorable apple and dip jars. Yummy
What do you like to give your teachers to say thank you?