Gift Bags and Cookies for Teachers

Early in the school year, I love to make cookies for the teachers, the bus driver, the principal, the secretary and all the folks that help get the school year off to a smooth start.

I’ve come up with a clever and inexpensive gift bag to put the cookies in…

  1. Start with a simple brown lunch bag.
  2. Put the cookies in a ziploc bag before putting them in the brown lunch bag.
  3. Fold over the top.
  4. Punch 2 holes through the top.
  5. Insert a red plaid ribbon.

Here are a couple of The Budget Diet girl’s favorite cookie recipes to fill those bags with!

Everything Cookies

    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 t. baking powder
    • 2 t. baking soda
    • 1/2 t. salt
    • 2 sticks butter (room temperature)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 t. vanilla
    • 1, 12oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips
    • 2 cups old fashioned oats
    • 1 1/2 cups coconut
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
    • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • Heat oven to 350^
  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth & creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugars; beat to combine, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs & vanilla, beat well.
  • Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  • For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto ungreased cookie sheet, spacing 3 inches apart.
  • Bake at 350^ for 17 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  • Yield 2 dozen giant, yummy cookies!

Toffee Oatmeal Cookies

    • 1 1/2 cups flour
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 2 sticks butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • 1 1/2 cups oats
    • 1 cup craisins
    • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup bits-o-brickle toffee pieces
  • Mix flour and baking soda together, set aside.
  • Mix butter and sugars together until smooth.
  • Add vanilla and egg.
  • Add flour mixture.
  • Fold in oats, craisins, chocolate chips & toffee pieces.
  • Roll into balls and place 2″ apart on a nonstick cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350^ for 8 – 10 minutes or until light brown.
  • Yield: 5 dozen

Check out all my yummy cookie recipes!

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade cookie!

Happy Baking!

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