Heading back to school is a mixed bag of emotions for both parents and kids, so emphasize the reasons why starting school again can be sweet! From cute, back-to-school snacks like Krispy apples to pencil-shaped chocolate classroom treats -- check out these ideas for back-to-school treats for your kid's classroom.

Krispy apple treats

Krispy apple treats

Makes 25 Krispy apple treats

Taking the idea of a crispy apple literally, the secret to this yummy back-to-school snack by gourmetmomonthego.com is the use of Jell-O!

Materials:

  • 6 cups Krispy rice cereal
  • 1 package large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small package Jell-O powder, cherry or strawberry flavor
  • 25 small Tootsie Roll candies
  • Royal icing tinted green or green fruit roll-ups
  • Baking spray
  • Wax paper
  • Red food coloring, optional

Directions:

  1. Microwave the marshmallows and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl on high for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional minute.
  2. Remove from the microwave and stir in the Jell-O powder. Add a few drops of red food coloring if need be.
  3. Add the Krispy rice cereal to the marshmallow mixture and combine well.
  4. Spray your hands with some baking spray and roll the mixture into 25 balls, slightly larger than the size of a golf ball. Place on wax paper.
  5. Press your thumb into the top of the Krispy balls to form an apple shape after the shaped treats have set for a few minutes.
  6. Press an unwrapped Tootsie Roll into the top of the apple dent to form the stem, adding a leaf shape with royal icing or green fruit roll-ups and serve!

Sprakly apple marshmallow pop

Sparkly apple
marshmallow pops

Kick back-to-school off right with these apple-shaped classroom treats on a stick from thedecoratedcookie.com!

Materials:

  • Marshmallows
  • 4-inch lollipop sticks
  • Red, yellow or green sanding sugar
  • Bowl of water
  • Paper towels
  • Green Gushers fruit snacks
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Brown food coloring

Directions:

  1. Skewer a marshmallow with a lollipop stick and dip the marshmallow completely into the bowl of water. Remove it quickly and dab the excess with a paper towel.
  2. Hold the marshmallow over an empty bowl or plate and sprinkle generously with the sanding sugar until it is completely coated.
  3. Sit the marshmallow, stick side up, on a piece of wax paper to dry. Repeat with the desired amount of marshmallows.
  4. While the marshmallows are drying, mix a couple of drops of food coloring on a piece of wax paper, adding a drop of water to thin. Use a paintbrush to gently paint the lollipop stick brown. Let dry completely.
  5. Use scissors to snip the Gusher fruit snack in half (but be warned: liquid will ooze) and use the goo to help adhere this leaf to the apple... so worry not!
  6. Rest the leaf on top of the marshmallow near the stick, goo side down, and let set. Repeat for desired amount of marshmallow apples!

School house cookie

School house cookies

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Classroom treats shaped like the school they're in make for a yummy start to the school year, like with this school house cookie idea from Sweet Cookie Cutouts!

Materials:

  • School house or church-shaped cookie cutter
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Royal icing

Directions:

  1. While the oven is preheating at 350 degrees F, mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set it aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, blending well.
  4. Slowly add in the flour mixture, being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Separate into two balls, flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  6. Once the dough is chilled, roll out to 1/8-inch thickness, cut into school house shapes, and bake at 8 to 10 minutes until lightly golden.
  7. Once cooled completely, decorate with royal icing to resemble a school house and send them to your kiddo's class!

Chocolate pencils

CHocolate pencilSweet back-to-school treats shaped like pencils by BlackBerryVine will make students happy to head back to the classroom!

Materials:

  • 3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch yellow cardstock
  • Pinking shears
  • 3-1/2 x 1/2 inch pink cardstock
  • 1-inch circles from pink cardstock
  • 3-1/2 x 3/8 inch aluminum foil
  • Rolo
  • Hershey's Kisses
  • Glue or glue dots

Directions:

  1. Remove the paper label from the Hershey's Kisses and adhere to one end of the Rolo.
  2. Glue the pink cardstock rectangle to the opposite end of the Rolo package, top with a 1-inch pink circle to form the eraser.
  3. Cut one short edge of one side of the yellow cardstock with pinking shears and wrap it around the entire Rolo package and glue, ensuring that the pinked side overlaps the Hershey's Kiss side.
  4. Cut a thin strip of foil and attach around the part where the yellow and pink cardstock overlap to form the base of the eraser.
  5. Add a string to attach a special back-to-school message. Repeat for each student in your kiddo's class!

Check First!^ Before you send back-to-school treats for your kid's classroom, be sure to check with the teacher about their policy on goodies. You won't want your clever back-to-school snacks to embarrass your child when they are denied at the door!

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