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Three International Holiday Treats and Books the Kids Will Love

Whether you’re traveling abroad or not this holiday season, you can always bring an international flair to the holidays. Here are three international treats your kids will love to prepare and eat. To really turn this into a learning experience, have older kids research a bit about the country where the treat comes from, or read a book about that country to younger kids. Here are some suggestions:
French Gougères
These small cheese puffs are traditionally eaten on Bastille Day (French Independence Day, July 14th), but I think they make a splendid addition to any holiday party. Kids can help with the measuring and mixing, and one person can be the designated “time keeper” to make sure they don’t cook too long.

Here’s a great gougères recipe.
A French book to read while you wait for them to cook: Madeline’s Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
Mexican Wedding Cookies
These festive little sweet treats are the perfect addition to a holiday cookie platter. The kids especially will love shaping the dough into crescents or balls and then rolling the baked cookies in powdered sugar.

Here’s a tasty recipe.
A Mexican Christmas story to read while the cookies are baking: Miracle of the Poinsettia by Dennis Rockhill, Brian Cavanaugh and Carmen Lopez-Platek


Israeli Sufganiot (Jelly Doughnuts)
Traditionally eaten during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, Sufganiot are deep-fried jelly doughnuts that are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. I find the symbolism of the Isreali Sufganiot to be particularly interesting: the oil used to fry the doughnuts symbolizes the oil that miraculously burned for eight days in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Here is a good recipe.
A wonderful book about Hanukkah for kids: The Story of Hanukkah by David A. Adler



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