This December, recapture the whimsy of holiday cookie baking by signing up your kids — or yourself — for one of these fun (and educational) classes:
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star’s cooking-class center, Cocoa Lab, is offering two adult cookie-baking classes this holiday season on December 15 and 16. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a box lunch (roasted turkey sandwich, pasta salad and fresh fruit). Students also walk away with dozens of gourmet treats. Expect to learn how to make linzer, shortbread, gingerbread and sugar cookies; coconut macarons; and white chocolate with orange and pecans. Book fast — each class holds only eight people.
Looking for a cooking-related event for the whole family? Sign up for Five-Star The Peninsula New York’s gingerbread-house decorating class, which takes place on December 1 and 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. Kids are given a prefabricated gingerbread house and an assortment of ingredients with which to decorate it (sprinkles, marshmallows, gummy bears), a chef’s hat, an apron and a goodie bag full of holiday treats. Meanwhile, parents sip complimentary glasses of champagne and partake of a tea buffet. After the houses are decorated, everyone can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus.
Daily cookie-baking classes are offered year-round for kids who bunk at Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, A Four Seasons Hotel. This December, expect your little ones to return from the snack-making fun with a chef’s hat and an assortment of familiar holiday favorites: gingerbread, chocolate crinkle, icebox and sugar cookies. The class is held in the hotel’s pastry kitchen and is taught by a member of the pastry team. Parents can sign up their children for the complimentary activity at check-in.
Photos Courtesy of barol 16, Peninsula New York and Ritz-Carlton Charlotte