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Cheesy cookies

cheesy cookies

 

LEARN, TOUCH and TASTE are the three key steps I strongly recommend parents to follow if they want to get their kids to love food. Of the three, “TOUCH” is considered the most challenging. With the thoughts of all the potential mess and disaster kids can create in the kitchen, most of us parents would cringe at the idea of letting their kids help out in cooking. To me, much of that can be avoided if parents know how to delegate their tasks wisely.

 

I understand it is not easy for many busy mums and dads to find the time to cook together with their kids. But, I am only advocating it on an occasional basis (like once a month) to strengthen bonding within the family.

 

My hubby and I have so much fun cooking and baking with our son (even though his mischievous acts would sometimes run riot in our kitchen). It can also sometimes stretch our patience a bit. But, good or bad, we always end up no less happy when enjoying eating together what was cooked. Just by taking part in some simple tasks in the kitchen, my son gets all excited over the food he prepared, and can’t wait to see and taste the “final product”. For more complicated processes, he will just stand aside and act as an “audience”.

 

This is also the best time for us to expose and educate him on many interesting subjects like chemistry (such as what makes bread dough rise or simple math like counting, adding and subtracting). You can even arouse some creativity as well. No doubt the benefits are many!

 

 

A week ago, my son and I had another great moment together in the kitchen. We baked some simple cheesy cookies. Even though it was our first “joint-venture project” in making cookie, the cookies turned out to be very soft, fluffy and full of cheesy smell. My son was so thrilled that he jumped up and down when he saw his own creation of gingerbread men coming out of the oven. He walloped quite a number of them while I was busy making a second batch.

 

(Did you hear what the gingerbread men say? “EAT ME! EAT ME!”)

 

Coming back to the cookie recipe I am featuring in this post, I was sold immediately when I chanced upon it. The ingredients and steps are very simple and straight-forward. As it is a savoury type of cookie, no sugar is required and highly recommended for those who do not have a sweet tooth. We also discovered later that by spreading a little bit of jam (strawberry or blueberry jam) on top during serving, the cookies tasted heavenly!

 

If you haven’t tried cooking/ baking with your kids before, make it a point to do it now. Since Chinese New Year celebration and Valentine Day are soon approaching, why not make some “cheesy hearts” to impress your friends, relatives and loved ones! I’m definitely going to make some with my son again as a gift for his grandma.  Come and join us to light up the life of our loved ones with these lovely and tasty cookies!

 

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  2. Amy says:

    I just retweeted your post. Yummy.

  3. You Fei says:

    This is so going into my bookmark!! =D

    Looks like a great recipe and as always, great photography!

  4. Selba says:

    Interesting that you put a dash of salt and pepper into the cookies dough….

    Very nice shots! :)

  5. Alice says:

    Yup! I was sold too! This is lovely and just perfect for kid to participate! Will get Sean to try it out! :D

  6. Little Inbox says:

    Wow, this sounds great to bake with your son. :)
    Nice cookies too!

  7. buzzingbee says:

    Simply lovely…and very much love put into it, that’s why your son can’t wait to have a bite!! :)

  8. anggie says:

    i bn thinking to let my son help me on baking too … but as u said, i always worry about the mess later on, or suddenly get hurt or …. that y until now i haven got a right time yet … always said ” waiting for the right “age” …. btw, ur boy join u for baking and cooking by the age of … ?????
    Love the cookies u bake here ….:P
    May i know how long the cookies ( any homemade cookies) can keep ?? best before ??? i been thinking to bake some for CNY too .

    • food-4tots says:

      Anggie: He started helping me in the kitchen around 3.5 yrs old. He can do simple tasks like sprinkle some cheese/ pizza toppings, mash the potatoes, line the muffin cups etc. You can try it to by assigning your son to do a small part of the cooking/ baking. It will give him a chance to understand and witness the food preparation process. I think you can keep the cookies for 1 week at the room temperature. Or else, just put inside the fridge. For these savoury cookies, it will taste better if you reheat it during serving. Switch on your toaster oven for 5 mins, then off the power and warm the cookies for 2 minutes. Happy trying! ;)

  9. defintely a must bake for this Chinese new Year…. so pretty! ;) you sending a jar of this to me to indulge this CNY?

  10. noobcook says:

    Oh those cookies are so cute! I like the gingerbread man =D

  11. lingzie says:

    oh i like that this is a savoury cookie! and the gingerbread man ones look so cute!
    definitely would be a hit for CNY :)

  12. Anshika says:

    loved the cookies so much :)

  13. Wow, gorgeous cookies!
    Not only can you teach your son to bake, but also open a bakery shop with nifty decorations.
    Love them very much.

  14. Pei-Lin says:

    Hey!! I love savory cookies, too!! I’ve had a few recipes for savory ones that haven’t been tried yet. Some with dried chili … Some with black pepper … Some with dried shrimps … Sounds so yummy already!!

    Thanks for inspiring me! I’m so going to venture into savory cookies this CNY!! And I’ve got to agree with you, such activity does help bond parents and children together better. You know what, Western cultures like those in the States in fact are very open about this! =)

    • food-4tots says:

      Pei-Lin: Hey, you’re making me drooling by mentioning so many types of savoury cookies I love. But, I can only KIV them in future because my son can’t take spicy food. Sometimes, it’s great to incorporate some good values of Western cultures into our Asian society -> “East meets West” parenting approach! LOL!

  15. tracieMoo says:

    they look great! I would truly understand why your son could wallop so much of it :) The heart shape makes them look so sweet and yet they’re savory cookies made from cheese. it’s really well presented! You keep making my to-do-list longer! thanks for sharing this recipe, yea :)

    • food-4tots says:

      Tracie Moo: Your guess is only partially correct. Yes, cheese is his favourite. But he loves gingerbread man more than the heart shape. Tks for your sweet words! ;)

  16. LCOM says:

    Since CNY and Valentine’s day fall on the same day, it is such a great idea to make heart shape cookies, kill two birds in one stone ya. Oh man, baking frenzy has to begin soon… I am not prepare yet! *faint*

  17. BellaC says:

    These would be great with a pinch of cayenne pepper and maybe a little bit of dry mustard. These two ingredients enhance the cheddar flavor. Definitely will try to make these in place this weekend. Great photos, btw.

  18. I have been cooking with my children (age 4 and 2) since they were able to hold a spoon in their tiny hands. Yes, at first, I minded the mess but I have to say that now, I just live with it because it’s such an incredible experience to make little ones taste new flavors, touch new texture and eat their own baked goods. I’ll definitively try your cheesy gingerbread men because I like savory better than sweets! Thanks again for the post, the recipe and the wonderful pictures.

    http://www.whatareyoufeedingyourkidsthesedays.com

  19. mycookinghut says:

    Yeah I heard.. they were shouting ‘Eat Me! Eat Me!’.. wish I could reach to the bottle container and grab some… love savory cookies.. :)

  20. anything cheesy for me! the shapes are so cute!

  21. Dora says:

    Cute and yummy!

    Happy Tiger Year!

  22. Kate/Kajal says:

    Just discovered your blog. Its beautiful ! I’m a new mum to a 4 month old, just started with his pureed apples 2 days ago :)
    There’s still a while before i’ll be giving him other treats, but i know for sure he’ll be cooking with me. I already make sit beside me in the kitchen while i cook :)
    Will be following you regularly now.

    • food-4tots says:

      Kate/ Kajal: I started to wean off my son when he reached 6 month old. Your son is so lucky to have a mom like you. Tks for visiting my blog. See you again in my humble kitchen. ;)

  23. NKOTB says:

    am going to ask my sis to make this for CNY!!! :)

  24. felicia says:

    haha love the ‘gingerbread’ man! so cute.
    heh bet these taste fantastic.
    love anything cheesy.
    thanks for sharing :)

  25. tigerfish says:

    It’s good that you “inculcate” parents and their kids to interact and spend more time through food! Those are “love” cookies, indeed!

  26. allie says:

    I love how you decorate your cookies and take a great shot of it!

  27. ck lam says:

    Those cookies would definitely dress up the table during CNY! Hope junior can leave a few pieces to share with aunty CK :)

  28. anncoo says:

    Those cookies look so yummy. Your presentation always beautiful ;)

  29. Myf says:

    The recipes here keeps getting better by the day! Nice cookies, I wish I can bake as well as you! :-P

  30. They look seriously addictive! Your family sounds like a warm, loving one. Good for you! :)

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  32. cammie says:

    hello,
    i have tried this recipe. i modified a bit put sprinkle some sugar on top after the egg wash and let kids decorated the cookies with some “color stars”.
    This recipe is easy to make and can involve children.

    As for taste, i prefer to sweetness.

  33. Jolene says:

    Hi.. can e cheese be replaced with cream cheese instead?

  34. Jolene says:

    okie.. thanks for the info..

  35. Jolene says:

    I tried baking the cookies last monday..

    Easy to follow recipe… I amended the recipe slightly, i omitted the pepper & used salted cheese..

    Comments received, the cookies was cheesy & nice.. But salty, I think I should have used the unsalted butter & added the pepper to spice up e taste..

    I tried spreading strawberry jam on the cookies, i prefered this way better than having it plain..

  36. Magienoire says:

    Yummy… Juz made it! My kids (6yo & 2yo) couldn’t stop running to the kitchen for another bite even before I could even store them… It literally melts in the mouth!

  37. Grace says:

    I just made these with my 5 year old daughter. It was very yummy! Nothing like the commercially bought ones. Very pure cheese and buttery taste ;D. Kitchen smells heavenly! My girl had fun making and eating it with 1 year old baby sister! ;D
    As always, Thanks so much for sharing!
    Its a joy trying each and every of the recipes from your lovely site.

    • food-4tots says:

      Grace: Homemade is always the best!! It’s my pleasure to share. So glad that your kids had loads of fun with this baking project. Thanks for your kind support! ;)

  38. aj says:

    what’s the exact measurement of your ingredients in cups?

  39. aj says:

    i’m confused with the measurements that you put in here.. and it i’ll be grateful if you gave me ingredients by cups and not grams? coz i dnt have a scale to weigh it.tnx

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