If slipping a little love note in their lunch boxes just won't cut it with your kids anymore, you can still give them a virtual XO with special lunch box treats tucked in with their PBJs. Here are a few ideas to try -- some are cute, some are classic, some are healthy -- and all of them are kid-approved.
Here's a treat your kids won't want to trade away. You can follow the recipe and make whole teddy bears, or simplify like many other reviewers did and just make teddy bear faces. "Super cute and tasty! Made for a bake sale. Everyone loved them," says TRE8JSE
Ready-made pie crusts put these fun copycat pastries on the fast track. Sarah Jo says, "Kids flipped for this. We had a blast this morning making these. We used both strawberry preserves and blackberry-currant jam. This was a VERY special treat. NOTE: I would like to try this with a homemade pie crust and really send it through the roof, flavor-wise."
Our most popular cut-out cookie earns rave review like this one from RLB15s0: "WOW...these are great sugar cookies. Exactly what I was looking for. I made them for my son's preschool class using dinosaur cut-outs and they turned out great." Get tips for rolling out and decorating sugar cookies.
That's right, only three ingredients, and one of them is NOT flour. Jan Culler says, "Quick to mix up. Good for school parties and get-to-togethers. Great taste."
"Just made these this afternoon and the kids had already eaten half the pan before the bars finished cooling!" -- MOMTOKTL. Watch the video to see how to make these irresistible treats.
So easy, the kids can help you make them. Todd B. says, "I am just getting into cooking (together with my 6-year-old and 2-year-old daughters), and we found this recipe easy and fun to make. Plus, it was delicious!"
"Yum, yum, yum! I made these for an end-of-school picnic for my son's preschool class along with some cookies & brownies." -- SHELTON463
Here's a clever tip from Bonnie Northup: "I press them in mini muffin tins to make them easy for snacks."
"Awesome!!! Reminds me of the ones I had as a child. My daughter can't get enough of making these!" -- Christie Forrester Mike Sonder
This easy, tasty dip will encourage kids to eat cut up apples and celery sticks. The chia seeds are strictly optional, so you can leave them out if you wish. Just be sure to pack the dip next to a frozen juice box to keep it nicely chilled.
- Here's how to create those adorable bento box lunches you've seen all over Pinterest.
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