Saturday, 18 July 2015

End of year gift for the teachers - smart cookies

I love Pinterest! Especially for gathering quirky ideas for handmade gifts.

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

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and beat the mixture until it is smooth
  3. Add the flour and salt and mix to form a smooth dough.
  4. Add some chocolate chips.
  5. Knead the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film. Put in the fridge for about half an hour.
  6. Roll the dough out and cut into shapes.
  7. 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.

Smart cookies

What gifts have you made for your teachers at the end of this school year?