Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sweets for My Sweeties

Well, they've been and back.  The first day of school is always a half day.  A lot of hassle for just a half day, but I suppose it makes the transition easier for some.  For others?  Well, some of us are ready for whole days, let's just leave it at that.

This afternoon, my kids and I will observe the ancient (okay, 4 year old) family tradition of making cookies for the first week of school. 

Each year, for the first week of school, I like to send along homemade -- made together -- healthful cookies for their snack/lunches.  I think maybe they don't feel so far away from home that way.  I remember that, "I wanna go home" feeling.  (Honestly, I still get that feeling.  Often.  But that's another post for another day.)  Suffice it to say, it's my way of sending a little of myself along with them.

As wonderful as this all may sound, to be honest, I almost talked myself out of it this year.  I didn't think they really noticed it, and it's been a lot of work getting ready for school this year.  But, just as I had that thought, my son came around the corner yesterday and asked me when we were making "those school cookies."  He did remember.  Silly me.  To the store we went for the seemingly 900 ingredients.  But it will be worth it.  It already is -- he remembers.   

School Cookies

I always make these particular cookies for this occasion, because they taste great, they are nut-free out of regard for any allergy-ridden classmates, the recipe makes a big batch, and they are relatively nutritious, for cookies. 

2 sticks butter (I know, but it makes a lot!)
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs

Cream the above and then add and stir:

1 c. whole wheat
1 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. corn flakes
2 c. oatmeal
1 c. raisins
1 cup coconut (optional)
6 oz. chocolate chips (I usually substitute cinnamon chips)

Drop by heaping tablespoons and flatten a bit on greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until done.

There they go.  My Sweeties.


tdjunkie said...

I can't wait to make those cookies. What a wonderful tradition.

Renee' said...

Thanks. I have enjoyed it -- even though sometimes I think I don't have the time (such a hectic time of year). I've never regretted it once it's done.

Becky said...

Your little ones are growing up, and someday.... the little miss will grow into that gianormous backpack :-)! Thanks for the recipe, and the new memories!

Becky said...

PS. In some schools coconut is counted out as a nut, too. So sad...

Renee' said...

Becky -- I'm turning a blind eye to the whole coconut thing until it is settled. ;)

I swear, with a little coaxing, I think my daughter could get her whole body into that backpack. But it was her favorite color. LOL

Patti said...

Yum-I can just smell the aroma of freshly baked cookies.

Renee-don't EVER stop-keep that tradition going.
When my kids were growing up J's best friend once said to me "you're a real mom, you make home made cookies"....thought that was an interesting comment-since MY kids would have preferred some packaged CHIPS A HOY or something else off the shelf-lol

We walked home every day to freshly baked bread, or cinnamon rolls-and I WONDER why I'm fat now-lol

Patti said...

Becky-clarification for the "School" who classifies coconut as a nut....lol

Although the name suggests that a coconut is a nut, it is in fact botanically classified as a fruit. Specifically, a coconut is a drupe, a kind of fruit which is characterized by a fleshy outer layer and the fact that it develops from the ovary wall of a flower. Some other examples of drupes include nectarines, pistachios, almonds, and mangoes. The evolutionary advantage for drupes is that their fleshy outer layers attract animals, ensuring that they will be widely distributed along with a little natural fertilizer in the form of animal dung. In fact, some drupes are specifically designed to go through the intestinal tracts of animals.

sorry-but you CAN'T expert a scientist to just "overlook" an opportunity to teach-lol

Di in Indiana said...

Renee, Of course your son would remember making "those" cookies. It doesn't take long for kids to know routine, even if it does happen only once a year! Great post! Now, that HAS to be YOUR children marching into school, right? I spotted those black & white saddle shoes on your daughter's feet!

Di in Indiana said...

LOL! Patty WOULD have to comment on the nut coconut thing ;-)

Renee' said...

Di, yes, those are THE shoes! When I'm at school, I always tend to look at the feet. All the shoes. All the little ones with tied shoes . . . all the love and care that represents, since they did not tie them themselves, etc. And then I think of all the stories that go with those shoes I see at school -- all that toe wiggling! LOL

Renee' said...

Thank you, Miss Patti. I'm a little smarter now. :)

Aubrey said...

Traditions are great. The kids cannot have a Sunday morning w/out mom's homemade whole wheat pancakes (with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon).

Renee' said...

Aubrey -- Awww, that's a nice tradition. Ambitious, too! Making pancakes makes me crabby these days.

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