One of the best purchases we ever made for Surya was a kitchen helper. I still remember the first time she was able to stand on it and see the counter. It was magic! She immediately wanted to get participate in whatever preparation was going on. Over the past year, not only has she learned a lot of French cooking vocabulary, but she also regularly practices counting, measuring, pouring, sequencing, etc. while hanging out in the kitchen with us.
Since she loves chocolate and the holiday season is fast approaching, I wanted to start a new tradition with her: baking cookies. I’m not much of a baker, so I chose an easy recipe from Trois Fois Par Jour. I have adapted their recipe to make it easier for you and your child to follow along and learn French while baking.
Easy two-chocolate cookies – Biscuits faciles aux deux chocolats
|Serving: 12 cookies||Portions: 12 biscuits|
|Preparation: 20 minutes||Préparation: 20 minutes|
|Bake time: 10 minutes||Cuisson: 10 minutes|
|Rest: 5 minutes||Repos: 5 minutes|
Ingredients – les ingrédients
I find that it’s best to have all the ingredients measured out before starting the steps. You can involve your child in gathering the ingredients, helping you measure out the quantities, or pouring wet and dry ingredients into bowls.
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|1 egg||1 œuf|
|3/4 cup brown sugar||3/4 de tasse de cassonade|
|1/3 cup of vegetable oil||1/3 de tasse d’huile végétale|
|2 tablespoons cocoa powder||2 cuillères à soupe de poudre de cacao|
|1 cup all-purpose flour||1 tasse de farine tout usage|
|1 teaspoon baking powder||1 cuillère à thé de poudre à pâte|
|1/2 cup white chocolate chips||1/2 tasse de pépites de chocolat blanc|
Steps – Étapes
I’ve modified the instructions and used more collaborative language. For the tasks that the parent will be doing, I’ve used “maman” or “je”, which means “I”. If daddy’s baking the cookies, you change “maman” to “papa”, for example.
I have the habit of saying what I’m doing out loud. There are many benefits to doing so. It enables me to involve Surya even if she’s not doing the action herself. It also exposes her to more French cooking vocabulary and allows me to demonstrate how different things function, in this case, the oven, the timer, or the different rack positions.
Mommy’s preheating the oven to 350 ° F.
Maman préchauffe le four à 350 °F.
I am now placing the rack in the center of the oven.
Je place maintenant la grille au centre du four.
It’s time to crack the egg into the bowl.
Il est temps de casser l’œuf dans le bol.
We will add the brown sugar and oil and whisk everything together.
On va ajouter la cassonade et l’huile et fouetter le tout.
We will add the rest of the ingredients, then we will mix them with the spoon.
On va ajouter le reste des ingrédients, puis on va les mélanger avec la cuillère.
The cookie dough is ready.
La pâte à biscuits est prête.
Mom will roll a ball with her hands and place it on the baking sheet.
Maman va rouler une boule avec ses mains et la placer sur la plaque.
À ton tour!
The dough makes 12 cookies, so you have have fun counting with your child at this stage.
Mom will put them in the oven for 10 minutes.
Maman va les mettre au four pendant 10 minutes.
The cookies are ready but we will wait for them to cool down before tasting them.
Les biscuits sont prêts mais on va attendre qu’ils refroidissent avant de les déguster.
We loved this easy cookie recipe and can’t wait to try out another one. Surya loved the process of mixing everything together and playing with the dough like playdough. She also learned new French cooking vocabulary while having fun, but most of all… the cookies!!!