Birthday Treats for School

Some Clever New Ideas for Birthday Treats for School! – No cupcakes here!!

Busy Bee received a reader request for some fresh ideas for school birthday treats! I’m glad to answer this request and have a few ideas that will have you looking like the trickiest mom in town!

Regardless of what you end up sending into class, I always cut the ingredient labels off of each food package used in the recipe or the recipe itself and send it into school with the snack. Food allergies are so common today that you can’t be too careful. This way the teacher can have the school nurse check for any questionable ingredients.

Cookie Pizzas


  • 1 roll (18 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies. (I think that you could use the chocolate chip cookie dough as an alternative.)
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter. (You could also use regular icing instead of peanut butter.)
  • 1 ½ c. assorted candies for toppings. (No hard candy.) Try raisins, M&M’s, candy corn, chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows.
  • ¼ c. vanilla ready to spread frosting from a 16 oz. can.


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 inch round pizza pan with foil and grease foil. Cut cookie dough into ¼ inch-thick slices. Arrange in the pan and press to form a crust.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Use foil to lift the crust from the pan. Remove foil and transfer crust to a serving dish.
  • Spread peanut butter over the crust. Sprinkle evenly with candies.
  • In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave frosting on high 10 to 15 seconds, until thin and drizzly. Drizzle over the cookie pizza and cut into wedges.

An alternative: the bakery department at my local supermarket sells chocolate chip cookie cakes that they will decorate however you’d like, including Happy Birthday messages!

Crispy Granola Cones


  • 1 ½ c. granola style whole grain cereal
  • 1 ½ c. colorful crisped-rice cereal
  • 4 c. mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ T. butter
  • 10 small wafer or sugar ice cream cones


  • Combine cereals in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine marshmallows and butter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  • Add cereal to marshmallows and butter and mix to coat.
  • Transfer mixture to an 8” x 12” glass baking pan and cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • Mold cereal into ten 2” balls. Store balls in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, lightly press each ball into one ice cream cone.

Party Cones


  • 24 – 36 flat bottomed ice cream cones
  • ¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 t. flour
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cake mix
  • Vanilla or chocolate frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place each ice cream cone upright in muffin cups.
  • In a small bowl, stir together chocolate chips and flour.
  • Prepare cake batter as directed on the package, stir in chips mixture.
  • Fill each cone ½ full with batter.
  • Bake 25 – 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely. Frost and garnish with sprinkles.

Instant Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • ½ pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 16 store bought crisp chocolate wafer cookies
  • ½ c. finely chopped peppermint candies, or Heath Bars


  • Spoon a heaping teaspoon of ice cream onto half of the cookies.
  • Cover with the remaining cookies and press gently.
  • Pat the chopped candies onto the ice cream.
  • Wrap the sandwiches in wax paper and freeze until ready to eat.

Makes 8 sandwiches.

Prehistoric Pudding


  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 c. cold milk
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz.) Jell-O chocolate flavor instant pudding and pie filling
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip topping, thawed
  • 8 – 10 (7 oz.) clear plastic cups
  • Prehistoric decorations like clean plastic dinosaurs, gummy or candy dinosaurs, jelly beans for dinosaur eggs, and malted milk balls for boulders


  • Crush cookies in food processor or in zip lock bag with a rolling pin.
  • Pour milk into large bowl.
  • Add pudding mix and beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in whipped topping and ½ of the crushed cookies.
  • Place 1 T. crushed cookies into each cup.
  • Fill cups about ¾ full with pudding mixture.
  • Top with remaining crushed cookies.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  • Garnish with candy and toys.

Some other fun ideas include:

  • A bagel bar order mini bagels from you local shop, pre-slice them and bring them in with butter, cream cheese and jam. Teachers LOVE this low-sugar snack!
  • Fill clear plastic cups with Jello – drop a fun plastic toy into the Jello and chill to harden. Think blue Jello with ocean animals, green with dinosaurs. Just make sure that you wash the toys well before using them!
  • Fruit kabobs made on colorful plastic straws.
  • Think about your child’s favorite food and don’t feel obligated to bring in a snack from the dessert category!

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6 responses to “Birthday Treats for School”

  1. Lori says:

    Oh, how I wish I had these recipes in December for my daughter’s birthday. Oh, well, my son’s birthday is in March. I definitely will be the trickest mom in town! Thank you!

  2. Jill says:

    These are really great ideas. My daughter’s birthday is this month so I may have to try one out.

  3. jennie says:

    if only we could bring treats baked from home.this would perfect!!!!might use this for my birthday party though

  4. What a fun idea, my girls would love this. I want to have a pizza party and let the kids make their own mini pizzas–the pizza cookies would be a great themed dessert! Thanks for the inspiration : )

  5. Angie says:

    GREAT idea on the cookie pizza — so much better than cupcakes! I just made these for my son’s 6th birthday party with a sugar cookie crust and candy corn — looks festive and he loved it. Thanks so much!

  6. Katie says:

    My daughter and I made the ‘party cups’ for her 9th birthday party. We made 12 vanilla, and 12 chocolate with frosting. Then we decorated them with M & M’s, sprinkles, etc. They were a huge hit! The kids AND parents loved them! Only problem was getting them to the party… so we made carrying trays by taking empty cereal boxes, wrapping them in giftwrap, and cutting holes in the boxes to fit the cones. Easy and it worked great!

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