Students name the items and sort cookies onto their corresponding category cookie sheets using a spatula (bonus motor component). I put the printed cookie sheet mats on real cookie sheets to make it a little bit more fun and realistic. For a table-top activity, students can pull cookies out of a cookie jar for sorting rather than using the spatula.
Additionally, I can use the cookies to target following directions, wh- questions, and descriptive vocabulary objectives. Instead of using the cookie sheet mats, I lay out a whole bunch of cookies, give the student a spatula and an empty cookie sheet, and play, "I Spy." We can also play as a game with two students: whoever scoops the cookie up first keeps it on their tray; the student with the most cookies at the end is the winner.
You can grab copies of my category cookies and trays here and here. Please leave a comment if you download. I'd love to hear how else you use them.