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Les Petits Chefs bake and swap cookies for the holidays!

Kids bake cookies for the holidays

What do you get when you cross 8 boys, four cookie recipes, 40 minutes work time and the third last day of school? If you were thinking “complete chaos”, you would be wrong. This week my Petits Chefs baked four different types of cookies in under 40 minutes (then spent the next 20 minutes while the cookies baked and cooled cleaning up the lab, learning how to stack the dishwasher and talking other groups through the recipe they prepared). When they were baked they took home a selection of each type of cookie (as shown above) although I can’t guarantee how many of them actually made it home with the boys!

I always question my sanity when I undertake projects like this (hello, there was one full day of school left!), but it was the boys’ choice. I asked them what they wanted to do in the last week of cooking club and they said a cookie swap. I told them we could do that as long as they baked the cookies as well. You’ve never seen such motivation to eek out the last piece of dough as boys faced with bringing less cookies if they waste the dough!

I was fortunate to have the help of my amazing assistant, Emily, as well as the fabulous @Adell Shneer (who’s worked with the boys on many occasions!) who came along to help and also gave the boys some of her own beautifully decorated cookies to add to their collection!

So, what did we make? First up, the Spéculoos (a gingerbread-y type cookie that’s popular in Europe and often served with coffee in cafés) that didn’t make it into In the French kitchen with kids (too many recipes, not enough pages…). I love this recipe and it’s so easy and tasty – I’ll be posting the recipe here soon!

Kids making speculoos dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys flexed their baking muscles…

Kids rolling speculoos dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd cut out many, many tiny cookies…

Kids bake speculoos on eatlivetravelwrite.com Speculoos ready to bake on eatlivetravelwrite.comSomething’s going on with the dough here – it’s normally not this crackly when it’s initially rolled out. The boys managed pretty well (I didn’t really have time to troubleshoot!). And they turned out really well (and were gobbled up!)

Kids bake speculoos for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.com Speculoos cookies for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.comNext up, a recipe I’ve been working on for a little while – Sablés Bretons (a buttery, flaky cookie not unlike shortbread but, dare I say it, even better?!)…

Cutting out Sablés Bretons on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s a lovely dough that you can roll and cut immediately after you make it – no refrigeration required!

Scoring the top of sablés Bretons on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids Scoring the top of sablés Bretons on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe boys loved scoring the tops of the cookies and brushing them with egg wash…

Kids baking Sablés Bretons for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd they came out BEAUTIFULLY!

Sablés bretons for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.comButtery and flaky, crispy and melt-in-your-mouth… Perfection! Recipe coming soon also!

I wanted something chocolatey and easy so Dinner with Julie’s Chocolava Cookies seemed like the right thing to make!

Kids rolling Chocolava Cookies for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids rolling Chocolava Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Rolled Chocolava Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.comI accidentally told the boys to flatten these cookies (you don’t – I was confusing it with the Confetti Cookies) which is why they were a little bit flat…

But they also turned out wonderfully – not too sweet, but rich and chocolatey!

Chocolava cookies for the holidayson eatlivetravelwrite.comThe last recipe I chose to make was something colourful – Smitten Kitchen’s Confetti Cookies. The boys LOVED making these!

Kids baking Confetti Cookies on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids bake Confetti Cookies for the holidays on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey are SO pretty (our sprinkles were a little too long – shorter ones might work better to “stick” but noone was complaining!)

Confetti Cookies ready for baking on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhew – that was a lot of baking!

Was there a lot of mess to clean up? Yes! Were there sprinkles all over the floor? Yes! Did we need a lesson in correctly packing the dishwasher? Yes! Did some boys sneak tastes of the raw cookie dough? Yes! Was I exhausted at the end? Yes! Was it worth it? Yes!

Happy Holidays – I hope you get to bake with kids sometime soon – it will definitely bring a smile to your face!

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