DIY Thank You Gift for Teacher

Teachers work hard during the school year and come June, they deserve a thank you.  This includes principals, teaching assistants, coaches, early childhood educators and in some cases, even the school janitor!

The most special gifts come from the heart, and the best gifts come in the form of a treat. Give your child’s teacher a gift from the heart -make an inexpensive but thoughtful cookie in a jar!

Our Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie is a useful gift anyone would appreciate at the end of a long day, not to mention at the end of a  long school year. It’s easy -all you have to do is layer up the ingredients in a jar, and decorate the jar as you wish.  All they have to do is mix it and bake.

Brighten up a teacher’s day! Make one or as many as you like. Maybe your kid will get bonus points if they give one to the Home Ec teacher?

Supplies you will need:
1 L Jar with lid
1L bottle of canola oil
Instruction Card/Gift Tag

Recipe for Cookies in a Jar

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (725 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)
1/2 cup brown sugar (125 mL)
1/2 cup white sugar (125 mL)
3/4 cups dried cranberries (175 mL)
1 cup mini chocolate chips (250 mL)

Layer all ingredients as listed above in a 1 qt. (1 L) jar. Decorate jar as desired. Add gift card listing remaining ingredients and instructions for baking.


1 tsp vanilla (5 mL)
2 eggs (2 )
1/4 cup applesauce (60 mL)
3/4 cups canola oil (175 mL)

Empty contents of jar into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together vanilla, eggs, applesauce and canola oil. Add to dry ingredients. Stir well to combine ingredients. Shape or drop into 1” (2.5 cm) balls and place about 2” (5 cm) apart on parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 1 – 2 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

It’s foolproof, but if you are dealing with a strict non-baker, why not bake them a batch of cookies yourself and put them in a tin or a decorated paper bag? We’ve got a lot of cookies to choose from, including two baking contest winners (Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich Cookies and Ginger Thumbprint Cookies with White and Dark Chocolate).

Be Well…Wendy