It’s never a bad idea to attempt to curry favor with teachers at the beginning of each new school year. The most enduring image of this—and the origin of the phrase “apple-polisher”—is that of the fawning student dutifully polishing an apple before placing it onto a teacher’s desk. (Fun fact: this tradition dates back to frontier times when students and their families were expected to provide their teachers with ample sustenance to survive.)
Apples are fine, but you know what’s better? Cookies. Our new cookbook, The Perfect Cookie, is a love letter to cookies that contains 250 foolproof recipes. (We’ve also got plenty more cookie recipes on our website.) So instead of an apple, we think you should give your teacher a tin of one of these three delicious cookies (or a tin containing a mix of all three) when you head back to school this year.