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When it comes to thanking teachers, there’s no sweeter way to say it than with apples. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 6, so try one of these seven ideas sure to let the educator in your life know just how much every spelling test, bandaged knee and lesson in kindness counts to you.
No-Bake Apple-Shaped Cake Pops (pictured above): Filled with decadent chocolate sandwich cookies, these cake pops are simple to assemble and easy enough to transport, and honestly couldn’t be cuter.
French Apple Tart: Get sophisticated with this fancy French option from Ina Garten. With layers of swirling apples on a buttery crust, you can’t go wrong.
Healthy Apple Muffins: For teachers who appreciate a little whole-grain goodness, this muffin recipe works perfectly (plus they’ll freeze beautifully to enjoy longer).
Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Crust: This updated take on apple pie by Ree Drummond not only travels better than regular pie; it won’t take you hours to assemble and bake, either.
Homemade Apple Butter: If you’ve got a few teachers on your list, this is the recipe to make. Just fill your jars to the brim, seal and wrap with festive ribbon. Take it one step further by making your own labels.
Outrageous Brownies: Let’s face it, what teacher wouldn’t want a chocolate “thank you”? Ina Garten’s brownies are the best you’ll ever bake. Ever.