New-School Cookie Jar

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond, Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Damaris Phillips Full Recipe Name: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores, Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves, Daisy Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cast-Iron Cookies, Spreads, Animal Sugar Cookies, Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s, Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Giada De Laurentiis’ Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves , as seen on Giada at Home, Damaris Phillips’ Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cast-Iron Cookies, as seen on Southern at Heart, Ree Drummond’s Spreads, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Giada De Laurentiis’ Animal Sugar Cookies, as seen on Giada at Home, Ree Drummond’s Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Pioneer Woman, Giada at Home, Barefoot Contessa, Southern at Heart, Ree Drummond’s Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, as seen on The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Now that school is back in session, we’re bringing back an old-school concept — the cookie jar — and giving it a fresh new look and taste. Have fun baking a few batches of homemade cookies over the weekend and store them in airtight containers or jars for the kids to select an after-school sweet. These bright, candy-adorned treats from Food Network chefs appeal to the child in us all. The kids won't be the only ones trying to sneak them from the cookie jar (a high shelf helps!).

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s, Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The one (and possibly only) problem with traditional s'mores is that they're not so portable. Ree Drummond solves that conundrum with these goodies — they're dipped in white or milk chocolate so the gooey marshmallow filling is nicely contained once it hardens. To further up the ante, she adds peanut butter to the classic graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow combo.

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Animal Sugar Cookies Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Animal Sugar Cookies, as seen on Giada at Home FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Giada at Home Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Follow Giada De Laurentiis' lead and make a batch of sugar cookies using fun animal-shaped cookie cutters, then store them in the cookie jar. For a fun after-school or weekend treat, break out the colorful icing and sprinkles so the kids can get to work decorating.

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

No one can deny the convenience of premade cookie dough, but these DIY slice-and-bake cookies are nearly as easy — and much more delicious. For a burst of color, add chopped candies (like M&M's) to the batter before rolling the dough into a tube and freezing for later use.

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Spreads Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Spreads, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This colorful confection is like a cookie cake: Ree spreads melted chocolate chips over a buttery cookie crust with a spatula to form a sweet chocolate layer. Add your favorite toppings — like chocolate candies or mini marshmallows — while the chocolate is still warm, so they'll adhere to the top. Then, cut into squares and enjoy, or store them in the jar for a future treat.

Check out more cookie-jar treats and dozens of fun ideas for back-to-school.

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