Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Les Petits Chefs make Dorie Greenspan’s Stained Glass Cookies

Kids crushing candy for baking on eatlivetravelwrite.comAny Petits Chefs session that starts out with candies in Ziploc bags and rolling pins to crush them is bound to be popular! This week the boys helped me out with my Tuesdays with Dorie assignment. Actually when I saw that one of this month’s recipes was stained glass cookies (we’re allowed to choose which order we bake them in this month), I knew I wanted to try them with at least one group of boys and since we had a “free” day (i.e. no guests or field trips) this week turned out to be perfect. Also, the boys are always asking about “holiday treats” around about now ­čśë

I made the cookie dough at lunch as it needed to be frozen for at least an hour. I had it warming up a little as the boys got to work on the candies…

Kids crushing candy for baking on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then we got to cutting our shapes out…

Kids cutting out Dorie Greenspan cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd filling the cutouts with crushed candy…

Making Dorie Greenspan stained glass cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making Dorie Greenspan stained glass cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s definitely a job for dexterous little fingers and not one that can be done quickly (so, perfect for slowing excited little boys down in the second last week of school!). Like Dorie suggested, we used piping tips to cut out the holes and fill them with candy dust. It was definitely a challenge – even for me – to keep the candy dust off the rest of the surface of the cookie and some of our cookie dough was a little thin so that was a little hard to work with but the boys managed well, none of their cookies broke even though the dough was delicate and thin.

Dorie does call for the cookies to be glazed with a little egg wash (which we did, though our brushes are not the thinnest so it was hard to wash over the cookie and 1. not break the cookie or 2. not touch the candy. Then the recipe calls for a touch of sugar which, in our rush, I completely forgot…

Egg washing stained glass cookies on eatlivetravalwrite.comI’m not sure I’d glaze the cookies next time (unless I was using them for actual decorations) – it was too fiddly and I kind of like the idea of the pale cookie and the sparkling “windows”. But I do think our rustic cookies look lovely, imperfect and all..

Dorie Greenspan stained glass cookies by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the boys were proud of their work (yes, they identified the ones the made, of course!)…

Stained glass cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie on eatlivetravelwrite.comDefinitely a great holiday baking project with your kids (big and small ­čśë )

You can find Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for stained glass cookies on page 280 of Baking Chez Moi or here.

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15 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Les Petits Chefs make Dorie Greenspan’s Stained Glass Cookies

  1. Cher December 8, 2015 at 07:07 #

    Love it ­čÖé

    I skipped the egg wash and used a little heavy cream (didn’t feel like sacrificing a whole egg for ten cookies).

    Mr. Neil’s candy selection shone through beautifully.

    • Mr. Neil December 8, 2015 at 08:49 #

      I’m not even sure how you KNEW Mr. Neil was candy procurer! ­čśë

  2. shirley: flourishen test kitchen December 8, 2015 at 08:20 #

    What a fun-filled project to make these cookies for the holidays? The little hands and creative ideas are on full display here. Definitely something to do for all ages.

  3. Mr. Neil December 8, 2015 at 08:50 #

    I’m not even going to TRY looking for these in today’s lunch bag: I imagine none of these even made it home! ­čÖé

  4. Liz December 8, 2015 at 13:09 #

    What an excellent recipe to make with kids! I bet they were thrilled with the results!

  5. Diane Zwang December 8, 2015 at 15:00 #

    I will try and get my son to help me with these. I will skip the wash like you recommended.

  6. Zosia December 8, 2015 at 19:00 #

    This does look like a fun project for kids. Your candy colours are so pretty.

  7. Nicole December 8, 2015 at 20:17 #

    I always enjoyed making Christmas cookies with my mother and I am so glad to see how much your students enjoyed making these!

  8. Jules December 8, 2015 at 23:46 #

    Those are adorable! How did they taste??

  9. Peggy the Baker December 9, 2015 at 10:43 #

    Sounds like a lot of fun for kids! I had a wonderful time crunching up the candy.

  10. Cakelaw December 9, 2015 at 15:55 #

    The boys did a great job on these cookies. I will remember your tip about not using the egg wash when I make mine.

  11. Nana December 9, 2015 at 21:32 #

    I’ll bet the boys had a lot of fun with these, they look adorable, and taste pretty good too.

  12. Margaret @approachingfood December 10, 2015 at 02:43 #

    I’m seriously impressed with les petits chefs! This was a finicky recipe and they nailed it! I hope they were sufficiently proud!

  13. Margr├ęt J├│hanna December 11, 2015 at 04:35 #

    Your cookies look great. I have two petits chefs at home and after seeing your photos I will ask them to help me with the other half of cookies I have in the fridge. This is so the job for little fingers. I loved theise cookies and ate them all by myself.

  14. Kim December 11, 2015 at 17:35 #

    Wow, good job for tackling this project with kids! I felt like a made a mess just be myself haha! They look great!

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