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Apple Cookies And More Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Apple Cookies for Teacher Appreciation sugar cookies with royal icing

Let these Apple Cookies help you celebrate the teachers in your life on teacher appreciation day. In many schools, particularly elementary and preschools, spring brings an event called Teacher Appreciation Day when students and parents alike show our gratitude to the teachers who educate and care for our kids all school-year long.

Let’s state the obvious and acknowledge that saving one day per year to give a big THANK YOU doesn’t cover all of the hours and efforts that our schools spend on behalf of our children. Think of Teacher Appreciation Day of the Mother’s or Father’s Day of the education world. Even so, a thank you no matter how big or how small, is always welcome and appreciated. How will you make the most of Teacher Appreciation at your kids’ schools this year? I am still coming up with ideas and thought I’d share this easy idea of baking cookies.

Again I turned to my favorite cookie book, Bridget Edward’s Cookie Decorating, and followed her instructions step by step. I am still trying to improve the texture of my icings (particularly how the outline icing blends with the filler icing) but overall these apple cookies looked and tasted worthy of gift giving! Here is Bridget’s recipe on her site for cookies and royal icing.

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Now once you have your beautiful cookies made, how about we package them in clear plastic bags and seal them with these sticker labels? Or use a box made for cookie gift giving or a cute take-out box that you can buy from craft stores or the Container store? Any way you wrap these will be adorable and your teachers will appreciate your efforts.

Apple Label for Teacher Appreciation Gifts by

Click here to download the labels. I used Avery Round Sticker Labels (22817)and designed these simple labels on the Avery website.

Baking Supplies you may need:

Meringue Powder for the Royal Icing

Wilton Icing Colors

Disposable Decorating Bags

Icing tip collection

Pastry and Cookie Gift Boxes with Window

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Need more Teacher Appreciation Ideas? Here are some that I shared in past years. When I first started blogging I shared recipes, crafts and more. Now I mainly focus on food but hopefully you’ll enjoy these ideas too!

Teacher Appreciation iTunes gift card printable

itunes app printable giftcard

If you would like the printable (without my watermark) please click here. I’d love to hear if you use this for your teachers!

appreciated app itunes gift card printable

Teacher Appreciation Tagxedo Apple Print:

Do you need another teacher appreciation idea? Don’t wait—go right to as soon as you finish reading this post. It’s almost too easy and too cute not to try it out. This website allows you to create a shape filled with any words you’d like. There are a variety of shapes, colors, and choices but you cannot go wrong with this apple for Teacher Appreciation week.

apple teacher word collage

Teacher Appreciation Gift of Flowers:

Include this printable in your gift of flowers for the teachers in your life.

teacher bloom card
flower clip art printable

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea: Clever Eye Chart:

best teacher eyechart

Both kids and teachers alike will be familiar with the standard eye chart. There is a fun website that allows for a bit of creativity while putting together a personalized chart: You may have to give this a few tries to get your words to fit precisely. If there is extra space the website adds in random letters at the end. Try adding spaces (or taking away gaps) so that you end up with your letters exactly fitting into the chart.

Do you need a card to accompany this eye-catching gift? Here is one idea:

clear to see card

Pin with me to save these ideas for later!

Four ideas for Teacher Appreciation day in collage with text overlay


Monday 15th of April 2013

When I was an elementary school teacher, I learned an important lesson from a family (over time I had three of their children in my classroom) who taught me how meaningful it is to be told you are appreciated. They never hesitated to send me a note about something positive their children had said or done at home related to me or my classroom. They sent treat trays into the teachers lounge for minor as well as major holidays. They made donations to various organizations in my honor as appreciation gifts. Later, as a parent, I tried very hard to copy this family's example. Even in high school, I insisted my kids bring gifts for the holidays for their teachers. Its not the cost of the gift. Its the message it holds. These cookies are not only cute but they show the time and effort you put into communicating your appreciation!

Holly @

Monday 15th of April 2013

Thanks for sharing, Wendy. My parents are both retired teachers and so I appreciate your comments that much more. It is so important to recognize the work that our teachers do every day. Kind notes should be shared more often than once a year and I need to make more of an effort to do so. Thanks!


Sunday 14th of April 2013

These are lovely, Holly! This is a great gift for teacher appreciation day. Pinned to my food board. :)

Holly @

Monday 15th of April 2013

Hi Julie, thanks for reading and for sharing on Pinterest too. Holly

Ansh| Spiceroots

Friday 12th of April 2013

Oh how beautiful is that!! I woudn't want to eat it, it would break my heart to bite into it.

Holly @

Monday 15th of April 2013

Thanks, Ansh, and thanks for sharing these on Facebook too. Hope to see you soon!

Karen Harris

Friday 12th of April 2013

What teacher wouldn't love finding these on their desk? So cute and most certainly delicious.

Holly @

Friday 12th of April 2013

Hi Karen, This year I also have to come up with an idea that the kids can contribute to as well...still thinking of what to do. Hope you are having a good week! Holly