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Want to show your appreciation? Try this tray

How about a tray of goodies from your kitchen to say thank you?
How about a tray of goodies from your kitchen to say thank you?
Lori VanNatta

How do you thank four men who gave up time with their significant other and family members to take your teenage son and thirty-five others halfway across the country for ten days? As a single Working Mom, there are often great guys who step up to provide a steadying hand to the children, but this went above and beyond. After all, for the most part these guys had only known Zac for about a year.

So, to say thanks to Zac's scoutmaster and his assistant scoutmasters after they returned from the trip to Washington D.C. and Ft. AP Hill, Virginia for the 100th Anniversary Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree it was time to pull out a few easy recipes and do some baking.

For a nice combination think outside the box by including some items other than the usual chocolate chip cookies and items that do not have any chocolate in them.

This particular tray had the children's favorite, Peanut Butter Temptations (or, as they have come to be known, Team Cookies), Ranger Cookies, Scotcharoo Bars, and Lemon Bars.

The Peanut Butter Temptations can be made from scratch. However, for a quick and easy treat, buy the tubes of peanut butter cookie dough and skip the scratch recipe. If you are in a big rush, many of the boxed lemon bar mixes are nearly as good as homemade. Ranger Cookies are a great cookie for this type of giving because the recipe makes a big batch and you can mix and match the dry ingredients according to what you have in your baking cupboard. Ideas would include: raisins, craisins, Rice Krispies, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or other chips.

If you are looking to save money, Working Mom has learned that many baking necessities, such as nuts, craisins and peanut butter cups are much more reasonably priced at Farm and Fleet on Stoughton Road in Madison or at Farm and Fleet in Verona than at your local supermarket.

Here are some links to recipes for making, just such a tray to say thank you to those who have gone the extra mile for you or your children. Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter Temptations/Team Cookies

Ranger Cookies

Lemon Bars

Scotcharoo Bars


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