Cooking school Christmas cookies

Like most families with young children, we are figuring out each year what will become our annual Christmas traditions. And I think we just found a new one! My oldest son and I wandered over to The London Chef on Victoria's Fort Street for a class in Christmas cookies, and it pretty much charmed the red striped socks off my kiddo.

He got to see and do a lot while at their beautiful cooking school, and it all started with decorating his very own paper chef hat with crayons, stickers, and stamps.

The face of The London Chef is Chef Dan Hayes. His obvious passion for teaching kids in the kitchen is infectious, and the kids responded by answering his questions excitedly and craning their necks to see inside a big bowl of whipping cream he was preparing for the peppermint hot chocolate. Their eyes were like saucers while he chopped dark chocolate, filled cups with candy canes, and passed around nutmeg for them all to smell.

Only one little kiddie didn't want hot chocolate, and guess who that was? Yup, my little monkey is a bit funny about hot drinks for some reason. I'm convinced one day he will finally try hot chocolate and realize how very wrong he's been all this time!

The kids all rolled their own ball of cookie dough and chose from a selection of festive cookie cutters to form their cookies. When it came to decorating, they iced and sprinkled (okay, my guy started munching pretty much from the start) their cookies to bring home in a box to show their families.

It really was a charming morning. A couple friends of mine brought their own kids to the class too, so we got to catch up while the kids learned from the best and filled their little bellies with yummy, sugary treats.

I love sharing my passion for cooking with my own kids, and part of that is learning together about food and food preparation. Taking some classes together is a fun way to do that. The London Chef has a bunch of kids classes on offer, as well as some new upcoming teen classes that I'll be helping out at!

My little guy had such a blast, he was in a sort of sugar-induced Christmas high in his car seat on the way home! I think we'll be taking some more classes together in the new year. 

What kinds of Christmas cookies are you making this year? Are the kids getting involved? Leave a comment and share your tips on baking with kids!


  1. That sounds like a fabulous experience for your little guy!
    I just love the London Chef's new kitchen/cooking school/shop! Everytime I walk by I peek through the window or stop in the shop to see what's going on.

  2. I wish every parent would take the time to teach their child how to cook. My parents had me in the kitchen helping as soon as I could walk. This is a great post, and a wonderful tradition.

  3. I have a two year old I am raising. He loves to help in the kitchen. There is always something He is good at doing like measuring flour or cracking eggs or putting the perfect snowflake on the cookies. I hope he will have a love of cooking all of his life.

  4. I did some Christmas baking while my family and I are here in Switzerland. I've had some heartache and a couple of successes. Baking is definitely a challenge in a country that likes to sell cookie dough in the grocery store (instead of handmade/homemade). I posted my experiences and challenges on my blog. Merry Christmas!!

  5. I just read about your baking adventures (1 to 3!) on your blog, Robin. I have to admit - I chuckled while reading about how hard it was to find ingredients and tools! It's fascinating to me that those things would be hard to find in Switzerland.

  6. Angus is a bit of a beast with everything he does, so instead of letting him make the kitchen look like a hurricane hit, I pull up a tall chair for him to watch from :) He likes that a lot - when he's a little less 'Bull in a Chinashop' I'll get him to help add things and mix n' stuff.