Context's Holiday Cookie Swap: Classic French Petite Treats with Mardi Michels

Context's Holiday Cookie Swap: Classic French Petite Treats with Mardi Michels


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Join Context Learning and Mardi Michels for our Holiday Cookie series. Together we will learn how to make several deceptively simple French cookie recipes that are sure to impress guests at any holiday party.

During our 90 minutes, participants will learn how to make three classic French treats: Palmiers Choco-Noisette (Chocolate Hazelnut Palmier Cookies), Spéculoos (the classic gingerbread-like cookie hat's perfect for the holidays), and Macarons à l'Ancienne (the original macarons that everyone can make!).

Led by food writer, French teacher, and cookbook author, Mardi Michels, this interactive lesson will have us whipping up these tasty, easy snacks like an expert. Participants will come away with an understanding of how to bring a little bit of French flair to this year's cookie swap!

This seminar has been designed to be enjoyed as a two-part series with Mardi Michels. For additional holiday seminars and cooking classes, we invite you to click here. 

Note: Full recipes will be provided in advance of the session.

Shopping List:
Macarons à l’ancienne 
  • 100g (1 cup) almond meal 
  • 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar  
  • 2 large egg whites 
  • Food coloring (optional) 
  • Icing sugar, for dusting 
  • Melted chocolate, for dipping or drizzling (optional) 

Speculoos 
  • 1/2 cup (75g) all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • pinch ground cloves 
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) packed brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 large egg yolk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

Palmiers choco-noisette 
  • 1 x sheet store-bought puff pastry (8 oz, 225g), thawed but chilled 
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread 

Special equipment needed: 
  • piping bag (at least 14”) 
  • plain piping tip (approx. 3/4-inch diameter)

Mardi Michels is a full-time elementary school French (and cooking!) teacher and the author of eatlivetravelwrite.com where she writes about culinary adventures near and far. Mardi grew up in Australia, lived and taught in Paris for over five years, and now calls Toronto home. In 2014, Mardi and her husband purchased a home in Nérac (southwest France), which they operate as a vacation rental property. They spend as much time in France as they can! Mardi also teaches (mostly French) cooking and baking classes for adults and children (currently online!). Her first book, In the French kitchen with Kids, was published in 2018 (Appetite by Random House).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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