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Tips on teaching a cookie decorating class?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I'm constantly being asked to conduct a cookie decorating class for kids, and teens.
I would really like to do this as i do not sell my cookies yet and it's a great way to make some extra money.
My problem is that i am not great with planning this correctly. I really need sort of like a play by play of what i need to do in advance, what to teach, and how long it should run. I'm the type of person that has ideas galore but no idea how to execute them. I also don't want to end up losing money by having to supply things and not charging enough.

Anyway, i'd like to hear from anyone who has done this and was successful with it.
Thanks so much.
post #2 of 32
I'm so glad you asked this!! I, too, have been asked to teach a cookie decorating class to kids at my church. It's 3 mornings in a row, 1 1/2 hours each. There will be 10 kids, between 2nd and 8th grade.

I've been trying to think through a schedule. I'd like to show them how to make the cookie dough, cut them out, bake them. I thought I might just do one batch, letting them help with each step. Then, I'd provide a bunch of cookies that I'd baked beforehand.

I also want to show them how to make and tint glace and fill a piping bag. Then, we'd thin some glace and put it into squeeze bottles.

After they outline and flood the cookies, those would have to dry and they'd pipe on details the next day. Then, they would have to dry again.

So, I know it can be done. I just have to take the time to work it out in my head and commit it to paper.

I'm anxious to hear what the experts on CC think!!!
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
That's exactly what my problem is. It's hard for me to work it all out.
I guess that 3 sessions would be suffice. One to make the dough and cut out the shapes (but older girls may be bored of this step cuz they may have done this at home or other baking courses already).
The next session would be how to make icing, outlining and flooding cookies (is that enough of a session for older girls who pick up faster?).
Next would be decorating i guess (which decorating techniques are ideal to teach as there are too many to cover in one session.
post #4 of 32
I think it sounds great. How much are you going to charge though?
post #5 of 32
Thread Starter 
That's yet another question i need answered.
post #6 of 32
Depending on the age of the kids, you might consider having them cover the cookie with fondant, then color with edible markers, or with food color paints.

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post #7 of 32
Thread Starter 
I would have an older crowd (like ages 10-15) so they could definately handle decorating bags and tips.
Can fondant be it's own class? I mean is there enough to fill, let's say, and hour and a half?
post #8 of 32
I did not teach a class but at christmas I had my nieces and a couple of their friends and the moms also over on a Sunday afternoon. I baked all the cookies in advance in all different shapes. I made up all the icings before they came. for the little ones I put icing in squeeze bottles. then I just showed them how to out line and fill and away they went. It probably took us 2 hours to get all the cookies done. I did not decorate that day I used my time to make up colors that they ran out of but it was fun. so I would suggest to have the cookies made up,a couple of batches of icing and some decorations like sprinkles, sugars etc.
post #9 of 32
The perfect person to answer your question about classes would be yankeegal, but she's been absent from CC for a while. I know she's done a number of classes, and I envy those lucky students!

I'll be doing a class this fall with mostly experienced decorators. I'm thinking about giving some quick decorating tips, then letting them start on the cookies I'll be bringing. There will be many times during the sessions (there will be (2) four hour sessions) that the icing will need to set. During those times, I will delve more deeply into various tips and hints for baking, decorating, and assembling my 3D cookies. As I said, I'll be bringing the cookies already baked (there won't be a reliable oven at the venue). I'm going to have most of the icing mixed up, but will mix some on-site so they can see exactly what consistency to shoot for. I'm supplying the disposable bags and boxes for the cookies. I'm having them supply decorating tips and an off-set spatula. The cost for the eight hour class will be $50 per person. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll leave the class feeling that they got their money's worth!
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post #10 of 32
Oh, GeminiRJ, I seriously wish I could take your class!!! I just dabble at cookie making, so I would gladly pay much more than $50. Everything you make is wonderful! icon_smile.gif
post #11 of 32
Oh me too Gemini, Iwould love to come to your class. Maybe you should tour the country and give classes.!!!
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by Amifsud

Oh me too Gemini, Iwould love to come to your class. Maybe you should tour the country and give classes.!!!



Don't tempt me! It would be a far sight more fun than my "day" job!
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post #13 of 32
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I would totally take your class!! Especially to see how you do the 3-D cookies! You are so creative and artistic and i love to see your work!!

There is a woman i know who is teaching a cookie decorating class for 7-10 year olds and she is charging $75 for 2 2-hour sessions. You may want to think about that especially since you are supplying the bags, cookies, and boxes for them.
BTW, are you making the boxes or are you buying them?
That is a very good idea for the students to have to bring their creations home.
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by luv2bake6

I would totally take your class!! Especially to see how you do the 3-D cookies! You are so creative and artistic and i love to see your work!!

There is a woman i know who is teaching a cookie decorating class for 7-10 year olds and she is charging $75 for 2 2-hour sessions. You may want to think about that especially since you are supplying the bags, cookies, and boxes for them.
BTW, are you making the boxes or are you buying them?
That is a very good idea for the students to have to bring their creations home.



It was originally suggested that I charge $65, but I thought that $50 would be better...given the state of our economy. The plus is that I will be able to bring my stash of 3D cookie cutter kits and sell them. Now I just have to decide exactly how many cookies to make for each student. I'm thinking enough for 4 or 5 completed 3D cookies.

I'm looking at getting the boxes from BRP or Papermart. Both have some very good prices.
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post #15 of 32
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That's an excellent idea to make more money! I'm sure everyone would want to order those set.......i would!!

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