ZeHoliday Tradition: A Christmas Angel’s Recipe for Happiness

Caitlin the Christmas Angel

A heartfelt holiday story about my favorite little angel’s first heavenly Christmas — and ZeRecipe for her magical Angel Cloud cookies!

I hope you’ll share Caitlin’s magic (and cookies) with your family and friends, celebrating the happiness of holidays and everydays.

Because love is forever – and every moment is a gift.

Read the story and find the recipe here!



Healthy Snacks for ZeBest of Friends

Miles & ZeBotOne of the most wonderful things about great food is that it’s so much fun to share with friends.

I’ve noticed that a love for cooking and eating together seems to be true across lots of different species, including zebras, dogs and humans.

One of my best friends is a super cool dog named Miles (which perfectly describes how far he can run—especially when he’s chasing a coyote).

Miles and I have lots in common, but a love for fun food is one of ZeStrongest.

Miles Having A Ball

In fact, Miles loves food so much that he occasionally tries to eat me (I realize I’m a bedraggled little zebra who looks a bit like a dog toy—but food, really?).

Miles & Shredded Doggy

Miles and I figured this issue could cause problems in our friendship, so we decided that real friends know how to compromise.

So here’s our compromise: I agree to help Miles whip up yummy, healthy snacks—and he agrees not to eat me.

Zebra-Canine Detente

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ZeFamily Legacy of Brioche Pasquier

ZeBot & ZoeBot Have Breakfast at Brioche Pasquier“When someone shares a special family recipe with you, you become part of their family.”

That’s what my friend Hugues Pasquier told me when we shared a breakfast made with the brioche his family has been baking from the same recipe since 1936.

It was true: as my cousin ZoeBot and I savored each buttery golden bite, we felt the Pasquier family’s culinary heritage deep in our stripes.

If you’re an average American kid (or zebra), you may not have ever tried brioche. But in France, kids (and a few lucky zebras) have been eating brioche their whole lives.

Brioche (pronounced bree-oshe) is a French bakery specialty that looks and tastes like a magical cross between a bread and a cake.

Brioche by Chardin, 1763

Food historians say that’s it been a tradition since medieval times, with the recipe becoming richer with butter and eggs as the centuries passed.

Hugues told us that his grandfather Gabriel Pasquier was legendary for the brioche he crafted at his bakery in the tiny village of Les Cerqueux in France’s Loire River Valley.

Gabriel's Bakery

Gabriel’s recipe was unique because he always used two very special ingredients.

One was the family’s own levain, which is a natural sourdough starter that makes brioche (and other baked goods) rise. A starter works pretty much the same way modern yeast does, but it’s an older and more traditional way to leaven baked goods. Continue reading

Cooking Up ZeComfort in Elle’s Kitchen

ZeBot & Zebras wGrilled Cheese + Tomato Soup

The kitchen is the heart of your home – and home is where your heart is.

My friend Elle taught me this: just the way you can create a home inside your heart for everyone and everything, you can create a kitchen anywhere you want it to be.

In today’s super-fast-paced world, the endless barrage of technology can sometimes make folks feel a little crazy.

But Elle cooked up a special way for technology to bring us together.

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A Christmas Angel’s Recipe for Happiness

Caitlin the Christmas Angel

Giving is something that zebras do as naturally as having stripes: it’s just part of who we are.

This year, I was looking for the most special gift ever: a present for Caitlin, a little girl who is spending her first Christmas as a real live angel.

For almost ten years, Caitlin was a magical kid who lived happily with her family and friends in Pennsylvania.

Caitlin & Family

Caitlin loved to laugh and sing and play and dance.

Sporty Caitlin Collage

She also loved to cook and bake, nourishing all the people she loved with the wonderful treats she created.

Caitlin Bakes Cookies

One of her favorite things to do was bring joy to everyone who knew her. Sharing joy was as natural to Caitlin as stripes are to zebras.

Caitlin, Jakob & the Florida Beach Snowman

Caitlin cheerfully shared her love, laughter, strength and wisdom, even when things got really challenging.

Caitlin Survivor Collage

When she was five years old, Caitlin’s doctors found out that she had brain cancer.

She had to spend a lot of time in hospitals having surgery and treatments to help her tumor go away.

Caitlin & Jakob Collage

When Caitlin grew up, she wanted to be two very special things: a mom and an astronaut. She wanted to make children feel happy, loved and full of energy — and she wanted to fly through shining stars to faraway galaxies.

Tinkerbell & Caitlin

Caitlin loved the colorful magic of fairies and rainbows.

Caitlin's Flowers & Butterflies

She especially loved butterflies, because they had the miraculous power to transform from playful, crawly caterpillars into graceful, majestic creatures who soared among blooming flowers into all the sunlit places where “now” dances into “always” and “forever.”

Butterfly Collage

Last spring, Caitlin transformed from a little girl into a heavenly butterfly angel.

So this Christmas, I got together with my most imaginative friends to come up with the perfect gift for our favorite angel. Since kids and zebras love cookies, we were pretty sure angels would, too.

ZeBot's Magic Baking Buddies

We set out to create the ultimate recipe. The first ingredient was easy: lots of love!

We knew angels and butterflies really like sunny skies, so we decided to make cookies that looked like billowy white clouds.

As we searched through our zillions of cookbooks, we discovered recipes for heavenly cookies called meringues (a French word that’s pronounced “merANGS”).

Meringue cookies start with eggs – perfect for a beginning angel, because eggs are a symbol of bright beginnings and new life. Eggs are also filled with protein, which helps make our muscles strong and minds alert.

ZeBot's Slippery Egg Whites

We also liked the way meringues start with slippery egg whites that transform into fluffy clouds.

ZeBot with fluffy Whipped Egg Whites

What makes them fluffy? Something invisible and essential: air!

Like hope, the invisible air puffs up the egg whites until they almost float right out of the mixing bowl.

ZeBot & The Snowman Measure Sugar

Next, we added sparkly white sugar, which reminded us of shimmering snowflakes and shining crystals of fairy dust.

This would enrich the cookies with all the sweetness of Caitlin – and give everyone who ate our meringues the joyful energy of children and angels.

Now we needed something everyone treasures: imagination.

ZeBot & the Hedgehog Twins Measure Sugar

To make our cookies creative, we switched up our basic recipe to include fun ingredients that reminded us of Caitlin.

ZeBot Scoops Up Coconut

We added vanilla for the creamy sweetness of daydreams. Cocoa for the deep, chocolaty richness of laughter.

Coconut for the balmy happiness of tropical sunshine. Scarlet berries and a few drops of raspberry juice for the swirly pink magic of fairytales.

And tiny chocolate chips because every kid knows that life is better with chocolate!

ZeBot & Snowmen Shape Their Clouds

Using our hooves and paws and hands, we carefully dropped our cookie clouds onto baking sheets, where the warmth of the oven would transform them into light, airy bites of goodness that melted in our mouths like a sweet combination of Christmas snowflakes and summer sunshine.

ZeBot Bakes Clouds

Like all the best wishes, our cookies came true: they were  every bit as heavenly as we hoped they would be.

To celebrate the forever magic of Caitlin, we had a party – inviting everyone who loves cookies and joy and laughter.

Cookie Party!

And when we looked up at the glowing sunset sky, we saw the colors and light that let us know Caitlin loved her cookies, too!

We hope you’ll share Caitlin’s magic (and cookies) with your family and friends, celebrating the happiness of holidays and everydays.

Because love is forever – and every moment is a gift.

Want to see how much fun it is to make Angel Cloud Cookies?

Watch the video!

RECIPE: Caitlin’s Magical Angel Cloud Cookies

Cloud cookies are super-easy to make – and they bring happiness to everyone who makes (and eats) them! They’re also pretty healthy, since they’re made with egg whites (and just enough sugar to make them perfectly sweet). This is a flexible recipe, so feel free to play around with the extra ingredients (including imagination). If you’re a kid, please be sure to get an adult’s help – especially with using the mixer and the oven.



Lots of love

4 egg whites (click these links for tips on how to separate eggs and how to beat egg whites )

1 cup of granulated white sugar

2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar (optional – it makes it a little easier to whip the egg whites, but it’s not absolutely necessary)


Vanilla Clouds: 1 extra tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Clouds: 1/2 cup cocoa

Chocolate Chip Clouds: 2 cups mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Clouds: 1/2 cup cocoa + 2 cups mini chocolate chips

Pink Berry Clouds: 2 cups dried berries (cranberries or cherries) + about 1 Tbsp. pure berry juice for pinkness

Coconut Clouds: 2 cups of dried shredded or flaked  coconut (I like unsweetened, but sweetened is fine too)


Read through the whole recipe, then get out all your ingredients and measuring tools.

Make sure your oven racks are evenly spaced (dividing the oven into thirds),  then preheat the oven to 225°F.

Grease (or put some nonstick cooking spray on) two baking sheets – or if you have silicone baking mats (Silpats) or baking parchment, you can use either of those.


ZeBot Uses the Mixer

Put the egg whites (and cream of tartar, if you’re using it) in the bowl of an electric mixer that’s fitted with a whisk attachment.

Start by beating the egg whites on low speed, then bring it up to medium speed until the eggs whites get foamy.

Now crank it up to a high speed until the eggs turn white and billowy (soft peaks).

Turn the mixer to medium speed, then add sugar a little at a time until the egg whites are shiny and hold stiff peaks.


ZeBot's Whisk

Gather up all your energy – whipping egg whites is super-fun, but you’ll need to put plenty of hand/hoof power into it!

Put the egg whites (and cream of tartar, if you’re using it) into a mixing bowl (copper is best, but stainless steel, ceramic, sturdy glass or plastic/melamine are A-OK too). Use your whisk to beat the egg whites until they’re white and billowy (soft peaks).

Keep beating (I TOLD you that you’d need lots of energy), adding sugar a little at a time until the egg whites are shiny and hold stiff peaks.


Use a rubber spatula to carefully fold in vanilla and any other extras. Be super-gentle and patient, softly mixing in your ingredients until everything’s all blended together.

Spoon the sweet fluffiness inside your bowl onto the baking sheets, spacing your cookie clouds a couple of inches apart.

ZeBot's Baked Cookies

Bake your cloud cookies for one hour, then turn off the oven and let them cool and get crispy in there for up to one more hour (if you can stand it – if not, you can eat them a few minutes after they’re done baking. I know I always do!).

ZeBot & Santa with Cookies

After the cookies are cool, you can store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to enjoy them. Zebras like to eat them as soon as possible, sharing them with all the humans and other creatures we love most!

ZeBot & Cookie Jars

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