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New West baker’s ‘back to school’ cookies mark cute start to new academic year

Backpack-shaped cookies are the snacks New West students never knew they wanted.

I'’s that time of the year when kids transition from do-nothing summer holidays to the jam-packed routine of school. 

All New West schools opened on Tuesday, Sept. 5; while students looked forward to packing new stationery and reuniting with old friends, a New West baker quietly crafted a line of adorable back to school-themed cookies to add to the excitement. 

Justina Weber, founder of the bakery Homemade by Harris, has whipped up cookies shaped like goldfish crackers, backpacks, pencils, apples and more to celebrate the eventful time of the year.

All of them have a classic vanilla sugar cookie base and are decorated with royal sugar icing, she said.

For the baker, who has previously brought out Barbie, Pokémon and New Year affirmation cookies, celebrating the start of school with trays of themed cookies is an annual fare.

"I always do a variety of back to school designs with the designs changing year to year," said Weber, who recently moved from a commissary kitchen into Port Coquitlam-based Cassandra Cake Co.'s bakery.

The themed cookies — including a set of ghost-themed ones — will be offered at Weber's stall at the upcoming New West Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Little sugar cookie ghosts are among Weber's bestsellers.

"They have become a market staple and I switch out what they are holding for whatever theme is going on," she said. 

"For 'Back to School,' they are holding little apples for their teachers" — marking a sweet and thoughtful beginning to a new school term. 

The "Back to School" collection is only available for a limited time, but cookie fans can always pick from a selection of peanut butter pretzel, chocolate chip cookies and more from Weber's website.

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