Cookies for Coaches {Free Printable}

Alternate Title: CD Cookie Sleeve Gift

Kate had her last week of "swim team"
It was at our neighborhood swimming pool and it was the pre-swim team program for kids ages 3 to 5. They had 30 minute "practice" 3 times a week (where they learned to swim).
Each kid had 1 on 1 swimming instruction from high school & college aged kids.
It was basically swimming lessons, but they called it "swim team"
It was a great experience and Kate's swimming has improved SO much this summer.
She can actually swim!
I can't wait for both girls to do it next summer!
I was so appreciative of the coaches and I wanted to give them a little something as a thank you. These high school kids (coaches) are members of the actual swim team & they volunteer to coach the little swim team.
There were 12 coaches that helped with the pre-swim team, so I knew I needed to do something that wasn't too costly. Originally, I wanted to get them all either $5 Jamba Juice cards or a $5 iTunes card, but with 12 coaches, that was going to add up quickly.

Since Kate & I both love to bake (and high school kids love to eat) I decided to make them chocolate chip cookies and put them individually in a CD sleeve with a thank you sticker that I designed.

Here is what I used - CD sleeves, 2 inch scallop punch & then I printed out the design that I made (in Photoshop) onto sticker paper.
(I had all these supplies already. Perfect for Procrastinators like me!)
\\Close up of the design. Blue & Red are the swim team colors.
Punched out with the 2 inch scallop:
Then, I stuck the stickers to the front of the CD sleeve:
I made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.
But, I made the cookies bigger and baked them in my muffin top pans because I wanted big cookies!
Once the cookies were cooled, I one in a CD sleeve to see how it looked.
Almost immediately, I noticed the (butter) grease from the cookies was leaking trough the sleeves.
My solution?
I put each cookie in a clear sandwich bag and then put it in the CD sleeve.
Worked like a charm!
We loaded up our cookies into a basket & then headed off to swim team.
{Originally, I was going to wrap each CD sleeve with baker's twine to make them look cuter & more finished looking, but then I realized that these are high school kids (mostly boy coaches) and they could CARE LESS what the packaging looked like. All they care about it the cookie. So, I stopped myself from wrapping them up, even though the OCD in me was dying.}
These were the perfect little appreciation gift and I will definitely be making them again for a teacher gift, coaches gift, dance teacher gift, or even a shower/party favor.

So, if you need a last minute quick & easy gift, these are perfect!

The coaches loved them & Kate was so excited to give them out to her awesome swim coaches.

I am planning on making these during Christmas and handing them out to neighbors, Sunday School teachers, our mail man & their gymnastics coaches!

******UPDATED with FREE PRINTABLE!!************
I made 3 versions for you.
One for swim coaches:
{Click to download. Right click & then Save.}

One for Teachers:
{Click to download. Right click & then Save.}

One that is blank & just says "Thank You"

{Click to download. Right click & then Save.}

I printed them on sticker paper & then punched out the labels with a 2.5 inch scalloped punch.
{You could also print on normal paper & attach to the CD sleeve with double stick tape or washi tape}


  1. yes we do love to eat.
    im sure the coaches loooved them !

  2. Great idea! I love it! I might use this for Teacher appreciation week for the whole school staff, so great!

  3. Such a good idea. Never would have thought to use the CD sleeves

  4. These are so very cute! I am currently looking for a photo editing software and would love to know what you use.

  5. love this, mel!!
    and i am officially under a rock, i have never seen those pans.
    must get big cookies now!!

  6. CD sleeves? That's awesome!!! I may have to do that for ladies at church!

  7. I hope you don't mind, but I simply must steal this idea!

  8. Great idea! I think I'll make these for my grade level teachers as a welcome back to school. Thanks!

  9. Where did u get your CD sleeves?


  10. Mel, those are so cute and delicious looking. I bet the coaches were super happy to get them!

  11. Everything about these is super adorable!

  12. Love it! Will be bookmarking this idea for sure. This was the summer of swimming for us too! Lacey is a fish now - it is amazing what a couple of months will do. Good luck with the start of school and enjoy the time you have left! I keep thinking about next year this time when kindergarten will be upon us. Time flies!!

  13. My daughter and I made these cookies yesterday- it's unanimous, they're our new favorite! thanks for sharing!

  14. This is such a good idea! :) You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies!

  15. great idea, thanks for sharing. Pinned it!!

  16. I love the cookies you made for the swim instructors. Where did you get the CD sleeves? Can you just buy the sleeves somewhere? I may have to look into this gift for the future school year!

    Thanks - Stacey

  17. I got the CD sleeves at Office Depot. They also have them at Target or Staples!



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