When your children walk in the door after their first days back at school, give them something to look forward to with some of the recipes shared below. They're perfect for an after school pick-me-up or anytime the kids need something to tide them over until dinnertime.

Oatmeal Animal Crackers
"When I was a child, we kids helped Mom cut these crispy crackers into all sorts of shapes," says Bob Dittmar of Trout Run, Pennsylvania. "They're not too sweet, but sweet enough that we always wanted more."

Rocky Road Brownies
"Anyone who likes rocky road ice cream will like these moist, fudgy brownies loaded with goodies," says Rita Lenes of Renton, Washington. "They are great for children's parties."

Munchable Snack Mix
"My family loves to take along individual bags of this mix when we go on long car trips," says Lisa Keylor of Louisville, Kentucky. "The sweet and salty flavors of this colorful, fast-to-fix mixture really taste good together."

Butterscotch Popcorn Bars
"Dotted with peanuts and raisins, these are easy to mix up on the stovetop when I know the grandchildren are on their way to visit," says Carol Stone of Waverly, Tennessee.

Toffee Crunch Grahams
Only four ingredients make up these toffee bars loaded with crunchy almonds. "My sister gave me the recipe years ago, and it's still a family favorite," says Carol Horne of Perth, Ontario.

Almond Poppy Seed Bars
These bars from Pam Mroz of Rochester, Minnesota have a sweet frosting and generous sprinkling of poppy seeds throughout. "The bars are a snap to whip up and use ingredients I usually have on hand," she says.


Back-to-School 101

Get the kids ready for the school year with help from rd.com. You'll find a:

  • Get-organized checklist
  • 23 lunchbox ideas
  • School supplies printable checklist
  • Secrets of A+ students
  • Preschool countdown and more

For more information, go to www.rd.com/school.