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Back to School Recipes

It’s 3:00. The bus is pulling up. Are you ready?
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We’re here to help you answer that inevitable question, “What do we have to eat, Mom?” Instead of the same ol’ answer, surprise them with quesadillas or mini pizzas. From classics like chocolate chip cookies to retro recipes like homemade fruit leather, we’ve got ultimate after-school snacks for tikes, tweens, teens, and beyond.

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    Honey Nut Bars

    Put a spin on after-school cookies and milk. Honey and nuts are a classic combo kids love. Add some light brown sugar, and you've got a sweet, salty, crunchy bar that could potentially become your new go-to cookie.
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    Fruit Leather

    Remember these? It’s easier than ever to turn favorite fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and apricots into a fun, sweet snack that beats candy any day of the week.
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    Homemade Oreos

    Made with real chocolate and bittersweet cocoa and filled with a creamy mixture of sugar, butter, and a little vanilla, this version of a beloved cookie pleases kids and grown-ups alike.
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    Guacamole with Roasted Chile, Cumin & Feta

    Chips and dip are the cookies and milk of the tween set. A versatile snack, this textured guac works great as a dip or as a garnish for tacos and chili or a spread on sandwiches.
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    Chewy Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    Warning: these cookies will give you a reputation as the mom who bakes the best chocolate-chip cookies in the class. Expect lots of study sessions at your kitchen table.
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    Spiced Quince & Apple Sauce

    We haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like apple sauce. Here, quinces make a fragrant addition to plain old apple sauce, and turn it a beautiful tawny-pink color.
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    Toasted Bittersweet S'mores Bars

    Hold on to summer a little longer with these easy, 4-ingredient bars any kid would feel lucky to come home to.
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    Hummus with Mellow Garlic & Cumin

    Homemade hummus is simple to make, and it tastes much better than the mediocre and overpriced stuff sold in supermarkets. Set it out with toasted pitas and plenty of vegetables for dipping.
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    Graham Cracker-Chocolate Chip Snacking Cake

    Inspired by s’mores, with the right amount of chocolate chips, it’s a just-right snack for your scout—or any kid who craves something a little sweet at 3:00.  
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    Homemade Nut Butter

    Picky moms may choose peanut butter, but really picky moms make their own. Luckily, it’s easier than you might think to transform almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts into a rich and creamy spread. 
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    Mini Pizzas with Arugula, Peppers & Prosciutto

    Store-bought pizza dough makes it easy to whip up these anytime-mini-pizzas, but you’ll want to start an hour before the bus arrives to give the dough time to become supple and relaxed.
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    Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadillas

    Kids go bananas for quesadillas. This sweet version includes chunky peanut butter and can be topped with maple syrup or honey.
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    Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

    This version of an after-school classic is made with 100% whole-wheat flour, which gives the cookies a distinctive, nutty taste.
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    Ham, Gruyère & Honey-Mustard Palmiers

    Frozen puff pastry dough makes this fancy-looking twist on ham & cheese a cinch to make. And they look fun on the plate, too.
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