Mommy on a Shoestring: A+ treats celebrate back-to-school days

Bring some class into the kitchen with these school-themed treats.

Classroom Cupcakes

Looking for a fun after school activity? Try these cupcake toppers that are surprisingly easy to make and give your kids plenty of opportunities to get creative.

You need:

Vanilla wafers

Food Writers (edible markers available at most craft stores)

Frosting (red, yellow, brown and/or black)

Directions:

Use Food Writers to draw faces on the vanilla wafers.

Add “hair” with frosting.

Place toppers on your favorite cupcake and serve.

Note: Get creative by adding cake decorating sprinkles for earrings, braces, freckles and more!

Edible Crayons

“Don’t eat the crayons,” does not apply when it comes to enjoying these colorful concoctions.

You need:

Pretzel rods

Colored candy melts (available at most craft stores and large grocery stores)

Crayon paper labels (Download free “crayon” labels at mommyonashoestring.com.)

Directions:

Break pretzel rods in half.

Melt candy melts (one color at a time) in the microwave on medium heat for about 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking at 15-second intervals until melted.

Stir melted candy and place in a small bowl.

Working quickly, dip both ends of the pretzels in the melted candy and set aside to dry on waxed paper.

Use colorful paper to print out crayon labels.

Cut labels to size and a wrap around pretzels with double stick tape.

Thank you to Mandy at gourmetmomonthego.com for this colorful recipe!

Choco-Boards

“Chalk one up” for mom and dad when you serve your kids these clever treats.

You need:

Hershey’s “Special Dark” Chocolate Bar (jumbo size makes 4 chalkboards)

Toothpick (for engraving)

1/4 Cup powdered sugar

Soft caramel candies

White jimmies (sprinkles) for the chalk pieces

Directions:

Create 4 small chalkboards by breaking the chocolate bar along the 3 vertical lines, creating 4 smaller bars.

Place the candy bar smooth side up and engrave your message with a toothpick. Brush away excess chocolate shavings.

Sprinkle a small amount of powdered sugar over message and use finger to gently rub the powdered sugar into the engraved lines (your message will “magically” appear in white). Remove excess powdered sugar with a damp paper towel.

Create the chalkboard frame with caramels by cutting the candies small strips.

To make the strips sticky, add a few drops of water before pressing them into side of the chocolate bar. Note: If they still don’t stick, try using a touch of melted chocolate. Add “chalk” (white jimmies) if desired.

Thank you to the very talented Lindsey Ann for sharing this recipe. For more adorable recipes as well as video tutorials from the “Cupcake Wars” champ visit LindsayAnnBakes.com.

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