This quick and easy recipe for Double Chocolate Chunk Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies was created for Betty Crocker. All opinions are my own.
Will entered the third grade this year. It’s an important year academically — the one where the kids move into the kind of learning that leaves room for their own styles. For instance, at this point they’ve learned several methods of adding big numbers. Pretty soon, it will be up to them to decide which one works best for them. They also start to develop study habits (good ones, I hope), and set the foundation for the years to come.
For me, it’s complicated emotionally too. Third grade was a pivotal year for me socially as a child. I left the familiar public school where I had many friends, for a much smaller Catholic school where I had none. My colorful wardrobe was replaced with the staid blue plaid jumper and white Peter Pan collared shirt of my new school. And when I arrived, I felt like I’d missed something important — the memo that tells you exactly what a third grader needs. So much of it — from the prayers to the supplies that everyone else arrived with on day one — was unfamiliar. And somehow, in that unfamiliar and new world, I went from outgoing to quiet. I’m not sure I ever really outgrew the quietness that settled around me after that.
Thankfully, Will is a different child than I was. And returning to the school where he attended for kindergarten and first grade, he’s managed to slip back into the curriculum and social atmosphere almost seamlessly. It’s a beautiful thing. But still, I watch him — and all the kids — in awe, seeing something I’d never noticed before. They are changing too. They are growing and developing their personalities … and it makes me wonder how much of the changes I experienced were because of the school change and how much resulted from the simple act of growing up. Maybe this is when you really start to develop into you.
I’m fortunate that Will’s school loves parents to come in and supervise lunchtime. At least once a week, I head to his school and help the kids open containers, maybe cut some chicken and generally keep them orderly while the teachers eat. This is precious time, when I’m privy to the kids’ conversations and see how they interact with each other. And today it was extra special as I saw one of the girls reach out to another, telling her to move closer so she was part of their lunch table group. The little girl had been sitting alone at the end of the table, but smiled broadly as she moved down to sit with the other girls.
“That was really nice,” I said, smiling.
The girl that I was helping then chimed in. “That used to be me — sitting all alone. I remember what that was like.”
I remember that too, but I also remember how she always included Paige when I was there — even after she started playing with her classmates more. “You know what I remember? When Will’s sister used to come with me to lunch duty when you were in first grade, you always played with her. That was so nice — and she really appreciated it,” I said.
Her eyes lit up with her smile … and then she stole a bite from the plate I was cutting on.
There’s something special about seeing kids grow up. It’s a magical time, as their conversations change and their interest in others deepens. They are becoming warm, compassionate, sweet kids. It’s amazing.
A little later, Will’s best friend waved me over. The boys had been deep in conversation. “You should get Will a Rainbow Loom. It’s great,” he said. I’ve been hearing about these Rainbow Looms for months now — they are the latest thing here and produce such cute bracelets. But I’ve hesitated to buy one. Will’s friend made a strong case though, giving some concrete reasons why it’s a good idea. His argument was so good that I tried to purchase one on the way home as a surprise (they were sold out).
I feel so lucky to have these kids in our lives.
Speaking of rainbows and surprises and really awesome kids … these Double Chocolate Chunk Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are special in their own way too.
This quick and easy recipe for sprinkle coated cookies makes for a wonderful after-school treat — a great surprise on an unexpected day. They’re also a great recipe for Christmas cookies. You could even trade the rainbow sprinkles for seasonal colors and/or shapes.
With just a few ingredients, they really are simple to make.
Come on. You know you want to.
Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe. Be sure to check out the Hershey’s page on the Betty Crocker website for more tasty ideas with their fun new mixes. All opinions are my own.