The end of term and the end of the school year can be manic. And I was looking for something small and personal, yet slightly quirky and easy to make for the children to make as a gift for their teachers. And, because we needed to provide gifts for several teachers (well, teachers and teaching assistants), it needed to be something we could make in bulk. So I was really pleased when I found an idea for 'smart cookies'. Surely this was something we could make together that would look half decent.
The basic idea is that you make cookies and then attach a label that thanks the teachers for helping the child become a smart cookie.
We followed this basic cookie recipe:
300g plain flour
150g caster sugar
250g soft butter
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp salt
- Beat the butter and sugar together.
- Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and beat the mixture until it is smooth
- Add the flour and salt and mix to form a smooth dough.
- Add some chocolate chips.
- Knead the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film. Put in the fridge for about half an hour.
- Roll the dough out and cut into shapes.
- Bake the cookies at 180 degrees celsius for 12 minutes.
Once the cookies were made, I just had to make the labels. The easiest option would be to get some plain brown luggage labels. But I wasn't that organised so I cut up a brown envelope instead and used a hole punch to make a hole for the ribbon. Except, I wasn't even organised enough to have ribbon, so we used wool instead!
We used the following text: "Thank you for helping me become such a smart cookie."
I then got each child to write each teacher's name on the back along with their own name.
I reckon they turned out alright.
What gifts have you made for your teachers at the end of this school year?