Create tasty traditions — holiday baking with the kids

by Lisa Moeschler

What’s more fun than baking at home on chilly winter days? If you have a holiday tradition of baking with the kiddos then you’ll really enjoy this simple and tasty recipe and the upcoming class offered by Shauna Schultz, RD. Empowering our kids in the kitchen is a great confidence builder as there is no denying the success of a delicious cookie fresh from the oven. Baking is also a great way to introduce the fun of cooking while also creating opportunities for dialogue about the importance of wholesome, organic ingredients.

AshlynShauna, a registered dietitian, has contributed to this newsletter several recipes, along with informative articles about how diet affects our health, and has taught quite a few plant-based cooking classes at the BriarPatch Community Cooking School at 648 Zion Street in Nevada City. Because of her passion for food and family, Shauna also volunteers as a liaison between Sierra Harvest and Deer Creek School, where her daughter Ashlyn attends the third grade. Like her mom, Ashlyn is completely at ease in the kitchen. With an award-winning recipe for her lemon icing/vanilla cupcakes (Best of Division and 1st place in her age group) already under her belt from this year’s county fair, Ashlyn is primed to teach the upcoming class on December 3 with her mom.

The class is called Holiday Treats – Let’s Bake Together (see pg. 12 for more details), and will provide kids with a chance to prepare, bake, and enjoy three delicious holiday recipes with a parent or an adult (one child per adult please). The class size is limited, so sign up early. One of the delicious recipes Shauna and Ashlyn will be cooking in class is Jewel Cookies. They provided the recipe below for all to enjoy this holiday season, and hope you can prepare them at home and either start or continue a tradition of baking together with your loved ones.

Happy holidays!