Gifts for Teachers #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools

I am so very pleased to be a Smart & Final California Milk Advisory Board Ambassador. I love Smart & Final, which for those readers not in Southern California, is a chain of non-membership warehouse style grocery stores with great prices and they recently got rid of the club card component and just give the savings to all shoppers, making the whole shopping experience even more convenient.

Smart & Final is partnering with the California Milk Advisory Board for the “Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids” promotion. This is a great campaign in which the students and teachers collect Real California labels from Smart & Final’s First Street brand diary products.  Making teacher gifts with an eligible dairy product is a great was to honor our teachers and thank them for all of their hard work and support schools by collecting seals at the same time.

I unearthed an old recipe of my mom’s and reduced the sugar a smidge to make it more of a shortbread than a butter cookie. Then, I decorated a plate and packaged up the cookies.

 

Butter Shortbread Cookies
makes 2 dozen
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
additional sugar or sprinkles for tops (I used citrus sugar, but any old sugar will do)

  1. Preheat oven to 35o (F)
  2. In a stand mixer (or using an electric hand mixer), beat butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy
  3. Mixing on the lowest speed, slowly incorporate flour 1/4 cup at a time.
  4. Dough should form a soft ball.
  5. Roll dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut. (If dough is too crumbly, chill for 30 minutes)
  6. Pour additional sugar onto a shallow dish or plate and press into sugar with the bottom of a glass to flatten ball into disc shape.
  7. Place discs on parchment lined cookie sheet an inch apart.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes, switching cookies sheets halfway through. I normally start checking every 2 minutes at 12 minutes. The top of the cookie should be slightly golden and the bottoms should be a light golden brown.
  9. Cool on pans for a few minutes and then transfer to racks to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

To make the plate:
Supplies:
Small paper plate (I used a 6 inch plate. If you use a bigger plate, just neatly cut the top off a gallon ziptop bag)
Sandwich bag (not ziptop)
Snowflake craft punch (or other shape)
Contrasting paper
Coordinating ribbon
White or super glue

  1. Punch 4 evenly spaced shapes into the paper plate
  2. Punch 4 shaped from the contrasting paper
  3. Glue the colored shapes between the snowflake holes
  4. Let dry for as long as the glue needs (about a minute for crazy glue, an hour for white glue)
  5. Place cookies in bag, gather top and push through hole at top of plate
  6. Tie a bit of ribbon at the top of the bag
  7. Attach a gift tag or write a simple to/from on the back of the plate.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias #CBias. All opinions expressed are my own

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2 Responses to “Gifts for Teachers #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools”

  1. Love anything with butter in it! Yum! And those plates are the cutest. Great idea!

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  2. melissa says:

    these cookies look awesome! i love it when i find a recipe that is made out of items that i already have!

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