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Brown Sugar Cookies for Back to School

Brown Sugar Cookies for back to school! Sweet smiley faces to fill the lunchbox of your favorite littles.

Across Northern New Jersey today, students head back to school. I’ve been more aware of this than ever, imagining the first day of school for my own little guy. But also, my niece, Ava, headed to kindergarten last week. No, I’m not her mama, but thinking about it certainly was bittersweet for her auntie too.

I like to think I have a really special relationship with both my niece and nephew. David, he made me an aunt. He is such a sweet boy, so tender and loving, even when he’s being a crazy boy. He’s very empathetic, and it can break your heart how much he thinks about and cares about the people around him.

My Ava though.. she’s my doppelganger in a lot of ways, and I spent the second six weeks of her life helping my sister and brother-in-law care for her when my sister had to go back to work. I can remember so sweetly working at my laptop with Ava on my chest, snoring softly in her newborn haze.

No, these two weren’t born to me. And I know my love for EJ will be different. But I hope David and Ava know that they will always have an incredibly special place in my heart, and I truly do love them as my own. They impress me at every turn with their brilliance and beauty, and I hope they always know that.

Normally, I send them both cookies on their birthdays. David, especially, loves M&M cookies. But this year, I was dealing with major fatigue and morning sickness when his birthday rolled around, and despite my best intentions, I didn’t get his cookies in the mail. Since Ava’s birthday falls about a week after EJ is due, I’m pretty sure she won’t be getting cookies in the mail for her birthday either.

But that’s okay – I can celebrate other major milestones with cookies too. And I think the thing they’ll remember when they’re all grown up is that Aunt Amber always thought of them on special days, and did what she could to make it even more special, even when she lived far away.

These Brown Sugar Cookies are simple. Probably the most simple cookies you can make. They’re very similar to a snickerdoodle in texture. They’re great without the M&Ms, but I thought David and Ava would get a kick out of smiley faces for their first day of school.

I personally think there’s nothing like a homemade cookie to welcome you home from school, or as a treat in your lunch box. Make these for the kids, or make them for yourself. You deserve a treat too.

If you’re thinking ahead to Halloween, these would also be cute with a little orange gel food coloring in the dough to make Jack o’ Lantern cookies.

Are your littles headed back to school today? I’d love to hear about it.

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Sue {munchkin munchies}

Friday 13th of September 2013

These are as cute as can be! I love simple and cute:)

Aimee Wimbush-Bourque

Wednesday 11th of September 2013

This is just the sweetest. What a wonderful auntie you are!

Jamie | My Baking Addiction

Tuesday 10th of September 2013

You are the best auntie ever! And these are the cutest cookies for back to school.

Kate | Food Babbles

Friday 6th of September 2013

This was such a sweet post! You can just feel the love for your niece and nephew radiating through your words. I'm sure they loved these cookies. They sound wonderful! Now I think I'll need to bake up a batch for my girls.


Wednesday 4th of September 2013

I really miss that back to school feeling (and the large amount of stationery that I was forced to buy for that occasion) so I think that I need to make these cookies to get over that sadness!