Thank you to Betty Crocker for sponsoring today’s post and helping me and my kids Spread Cheer this season to the wonderful teachers at their schools!
We LOVE baking special treats in our home, and sharing them with others. This past week, both schools had Parent-Teacher Meeting days, and the PTO of each school organized dinners for the teachers, since they had to be there until it was practically bedtime. All three of my boys enjoy helping me in the kitchen, and since these treats were going to their teachers, I asked them to help me bake up some yummy treats.
We visited the Betty Crocker Website to print out a fantastic coupon to save on our purchase, and then made a shopping list for the ingredients we needed to buy. We went to our local Walmart SuperCenter, and located the 20% more Bonus Size Packages of Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, and purchased Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Sugar Cookies. We found some adorable cellophane bags and ribbon that we could use to package the cookies, to make it easy for each teacher to grab a bag on their way back to the classrooms for meetings.
When we got home, we got out the mixing bowls, parchment paper, and cookie sheets to start the baking session. Since we have three kids, and were baking 3 types of cookies, each child picked one to make.
We started out with Chocolate Chip. They are so easy to bake from the package, and just require a couple of added ingredients. Then you stir, and scoop onto the cookie sheet. We line our cookie sheets with parchment paper to help prevent burning on the bottom.
Next, we made Peanut Butter Cookies. At the last minute, this child decided he wanted chocolate on top (like the picture on the package). However, after scouring their Halloween candy, we realized we didn’t have any kisses. We did have mini chocolate bars, so we broke off each piece, and placed it on top of the hot cookie straight from the oven, instead of doing the fork prints before we baked. They turned out great, and were a hit!
Finally, it was time to bake the sugar cookies. I had big plans to decorate these as snowmen and santa’s, but the child in charge was not on board. He wanted me to mix some cinnamon and sugar in a bowl, and roll the cookies in it before baking, so we did. We had Cinnamon Sugar Cookies 🙂 They were delicious, and turned out great.
Once each batch was done, we made stacks of cookies. We put the Cinnamon Sugar Cookies on bottom, Chocolate Chip in the middle, and the Peanut Butter on top, so the chocolate square wouldn’t get squished.
We placed each stack of cookies into one of the cellophane bags, and tied it shut with some ribbon, repeating the process until all of the cookies were bagged up.
We loaded the trays of cookies (and some Betty Crocker Cupcakes I also made) into the car to deliver to the school.
The boys were proud to share with their teachers that they helped bake the cookies themselves, and the teachers really appreciated that they took the time and made the effort to bake for them. Most of them commented that it means a lot for the parents to take time to make something from them, but when a students tear themselves away from video games and use that time to create something for them, it really makes them feel special. So, we did see a few tears of gratitude when we were spreading cheer, but I think my boys gained the understanding of how great it makes them feel to do something nice for someone else. Knowing they understand that, makes me feel like I got the most cheer from the entire experience 🙂
“Make the world a better place this Christmas when you spread cheer with the gift of cookies! When you surprise your favorite people with fresh-baked goodness made straight from the heart, you’re letting them know that their good deeds don’t go unnoticed. Celebrate the season by spreading cheer with cookies, and help get the word out to inspire others to keep the celebration going. This Christmas, giving back is easier than ever with simple cookie recipes from Betty Crocker.”
I am pleased to announce that Betty Crocker has also donated a $20 Gift Card to share with one of my readers, so you can take part in the Spread Cheer Campaign. I will send one winner $20 via paypal (or Walmart Gift Card if you don’t have paypal), so you can use the coupon to purchase some Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, bake some cookies with a loved one, and spread the cheer to a friend, neighbor, teacher, emergency responder, or someone you think needs some joy in their life.