"Ahhhhh.....the first day of school." (Moms everywhere)
"Oh......the first day of school......." (the Mama of a Kindergarten student, Freshman in high school student, or college student)
"Ughhhhhhh....the first day of school." (You can guess who says this!)
Just like a bad dream, it always rolls around way too fast for me! As much fun as it is getting everyone ready for a new school year (yes, that is sarcasm), it is amazing how quickly everyone starts getting into the new routine. Back when I was a kid, we never started school before the day after Labor Day. This year, the kiddos are staggering back today, and we've been told that next year the public schools will start on August 11th. I feel like we are getting robbed of summer!
For as long as I can remember, the first day of school meant new shoes, first day of school photos on the front porch (there's no wiggling out of that), and at the end of the day, fresh baked chewy cookies waiting with tall glasses of cold milk.
I think I gave my mother heart attacks the first day of school - in Kindergarten, I got off the bus several miles from home with three of my neighborhood kindergarten pals - we were lost and crying at a corner way across town, and the anxiously waiting Moms were crying and screaming at the school bus driver at the other end of town.
The first day of First Grade I decided to leave school in the middle of the day and walk home - I didn't like it that the teacher wouldn't let us talk and decided to go home. Not a good idea at all - it involved a police search, an upset Daddy, and a teacher that had some explaining to do.
Luckily my first day of school adventures didn't carry beyond that, but I did become that crazy Mama that followed the school bus to school the first day for my baby (only because I promised her that I would - and I'm not one to break a promise). Thank God it got easier after that!
Now I console myself by baking up fresh cookies and waiting to hear about their first day of school adventures.
My gang loves Butterfinger candy bars, and they love soft chewy cookies - so these are a perfect treat!
I do find that the cookie dough tends to start disappearing when I turn around - guess it must be just as good as the finished fresh-baked product! The original recipe doesn't have the extra Butterfinger crumble sprinkled on the top - but hey, why not?
Fresh and warm baked cookies just make the first day of school a little bit sweeter!
Other perfect first day of school cookies:
Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Soft & Chewy Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies