Cookies for Santa cookbook

Our Kindergarten class made these wonderful “Cookies for Santa” cookbooks to give their parents as a Christmas gift.

We happened to have a bunch of brown hot pads in a box that was supposed to be used for another project last year but never did. So our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. R., decided they would make great book covers.

Mrs. R worked very hard on designing the process for making this parent gift so that the children would truly make all the parts that would go into this gift. She began by having each child’s family send in a favorite cookie recipe.

Mrs. R. took the time to read the recipes as they were sent in with the students and they talked about what the different kind of cookies would look like and what kinds of ingredients would be in each cookie recipe.

Then Mrs R. invited each child to draw a picture (with markers) of their cookies on a piece of paper sized to fit inside the hotpads.

Next Mrs. R used the color copier to copy all of the recipes and each of the drawings so every child could include every recipe and every drawing in their cookbook.

Once all the recipes and drawings were completed, Mrs. R. had the children sit in a large circle on the floor and they work together to collate their books. Each child took a recipe and the drawing that went with it and glued them inside the pages of their book.

Mrs. R. said that the construction of the books took a little time for the children to do and she was impressed by how engaged and excited they were to be making their very own cookbooks for their moms and dads.

There are 15 children in Mrs. R’s class so there ended up being 16 recipes included in the book. Mrs. R. added one of her own favorite recipes as well 🙂

The one part of the book that Mrs. R.ended up doing without the children’s help is sew together one edge of the potholders together to create the book binding.

The pages that went inside the book were stapled together in the center and then the first and last page of the stapled paper were glued to the inside part of the hot pads so they would stay firmly in place.

To decorate the outside of the cookbook, the children twisted green pipe cleaners pieces around a long brown pipe cleaner stem to create pine branches.  The branches were then tied together and attached to the loop on the hotpad with a length of red ribbon.

Once the cookbooks were completed, the children wrapped them up in tissue paper and added a craft stick snowman as their card to the top of the gift.

All the children were very proud of their “Cookies for Santa” cookbooks and couldn’t wait to give them to their parents.

What I really liked was the texture of the cookbooks. They were thick and had the feel of a worn out old favorite book you would lovingly keep out on the shelf. Well done Mrs. R! I only wish you had made one for me:)

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By |2017-03-28T22:28:39+00:00December 16th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. V.Kerr December 17, 2010 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    So, so creative! Who would think to use hot pads?

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      I thought it was an excellent way to use up all those hot pads we have in our school basement! We still have more so perhaps another teacher will think of another idea or the other children can make a cookbook too for another occasion!

  2. Pam December 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Now that’s creative 🙂 That is such a great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you Pam! I loved how it all turned out:)

  3. Susan December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    What a great idea. If you ever decide to print the recipies please let me know. You could use this as a fund raiser. Susan

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you Susan – it would make a nice fundraiser!

  4. Jackie December 18, 2010 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Wow! She must be an amazing teacher. That’s a lot of work. I have to save this post.. Christmas presents for Grandmas next year!!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      She is amazing!

  5. KM December 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    What a marvelous and sweet idea! This is the kind of cook book that will be saved for future generations! Happy Christmas!! Xoxoxo

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 19, 2010 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thank you Katherine 🙂

  6. Fatima December 19, 2010 at 10:33 am - Reply


  7. Giggles and Crayons December 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I would probably treasure this forever if my daughter brought it home to me!

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Yes, I would too:) My daughter made a class cookbook in Kindergarten and I still have it too! One of my favorite keepsakes:)

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