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Les Petits Chefs decorate cookies for St Valentine’s day with Adell Shneer

Cookies decorated by Adell Shneer on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s an exciting week at school this week – Spirit Week (lots of fun games and activities for the boys as well as “themed” dress each day) and a four day weekend is coming up. If you know anything about kids or have had experience in a classroom, you’ll know that these types of events can be a little challenging in terms of keeping them focussed and on-task (heck, it’s hard for me to focus with a four day weekend in sight too!) so I definitely need to choose my classroom and extra-curricular activities wisely 😉

Which is why I decided to put a hold on our Jamie Oliver Everyday Super Food recipes in cooking club this week and put in a request to my friend and cookie decorator extraordinaire, Adell Shneer (who has worked with the boys on a number of occasions before) to see if she might come and show the boys a few tricks about decorating cookies. With St Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it seemed to be great timing too!

Kids (with “crazy” hats, hair, ties, belts and socks!), cookies and icing? It could have been a recipe for chaos but it was the complete opposite. I always find that in cooking, the more intricate the task, the more focussed the boys are. Monday’s session was a prime example. Some of the younger boys wondered what on earth we were going to do for an hour. “Just decorating cookies?” they asked me. Having seen Adell work with the boys before, I knew an hour wouldn’t be long enough for some of them. And I was right! It’s a serious, and time-consuming business, cookie decorating!

We started out with a lesson about the colour wheel and the boys got to mix up a colour of their choice…

Kids mixing cookie icing colours on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe had a beautiful array of colours…

Cookie icing colours on eatlivetravelwrite.comAdell showed them a few techniques but really, the work is all the boys…

Kids using squeeze bottles to decorate cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Decorating cookies with Adell Shneer on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids outlining cookies with royal icing on eatlivetravelwrite.com Using royal icing to decorate cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids piping icing onto cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAs I wandered around, I was absolutely amazed at the creativity. And the focus. It was so quiet in there you could hear a pin drop.

Decorating cookies with Adell Shneer on eatlivetravelwrite.com Using toothpicks to drag icing over on cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids piping icing onto cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids flooding cookies with icing on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids decorating cookies for Valentine's Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the result?

Kids using the flooding technique for cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com  Valentine's Day cookies decorated by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cookies decorated for St Valentine's Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cookies decorated by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cookies decorated with royal icing on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cookies decorated with Adell Shneer on eatlivetravelwrite.comImpressive, right?

Honestly, at the end of the hour we were rushing them out the door – I think they would have stayed for another hour and decorated cookies until there were no more to decorate!

Cookies decorated for Valentine's Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comThank you Adell for coming in to share your cookies and your expertise with the boys. And for providing a haven of calm in a busy week! We all need a little cookie decorating session sometime!

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3 Responses to Les Petits Chefs decorate cookies for St Valentine’s day with Adell Shneer

  1. Paula February 10, 2016 at 11:34 #

    Bravo to Adele for coming to visit Les Petits Chefs again. What a great job they did on all their cookies! I can imagine how much fun they all had. I’m glad to hear that they were so focused on their designs. There really is something very calming about decorating cookies, not to mention the sense of accomplishment when you finish your little edible projects.

  2. Geoff February 10, 2016 at 23:32 #

    Very nice…. LPCs have distinct artistic talent.

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