Do you need to take a class to create these Christmas tree cookies you make with the kids? No, probably not. They taste lovely, but let’s be honest those cookies are about the delightful memories made while baking and usually can be duplicated without instruction. Think of them as your childhood finger painting. It’s fun and kind of messy, but you probably won’t get an invite to show at the local art gallery.
But if you’ve been eyeing gorgeous, decorated cookies like these or one of the many others on this site, you’re in luck!
Some of the best cookie artisans in the business are sharing their talent and skills to teach you some of their favorite decorating tricks and techniques.
One option is to find a local, in-person cookie class. First, they are a blast, especially if you go with a few friends. Some events are kid-friendly, where others are more adult-focused in order to provide more advanced techniques. In either scenario, they are fun events with the bonus of learning something new.
Jodi Till from The Floured Canvas in Sacramento teaches both in-person and online classes. She notes, “The nice thing about in-person classes is that much of the preparation is already done in advance. I prepare designs and then have the cookies and royal icing prepared in advance. This way, students show up and are ready to decorate following in-class instructions.”
During the class, you may learn multiple techniques for applying icing and begin by using practice sheets. This is where you learn how to apply the proper pressure to create outlines and writing, as well as practice to create forms like leaves and flowers.
Jodi continues, “The advantage of in-person classes is you have the instructor to help give immediate guidance as you focus solely on decorating. There is definitely a learning curve and it’s nice to have a helping hand right there in the room.”
If you get hooked, and trust us, that is very possible, you may want to dig deeper and learn more about making your own cookies and royal icing. Time constraints can make that more difficult for in-person classes. That’s when online classes are a great option.
The variety of online classes is plentiful! Each cookie artist has their own style and may focus on different elements of the process. Some cookiers pay extra attention to the cookie recipes. One of the basic rules for decorated cookies is that you need non-spread cookies. Getting flavors and consistency just right is vital so that cookies hold their shape.
Another essential element in the cookie process is the royal icing. It’s important to understand how to develop the right consistencies for various techniques. Equally important is learning how to create the right icing colors for each project. For many, mastering the icing component is one of the most difficult parts of the process! Many classes spend a fair amount of time and focus on this feature.
After you take some of those in-person classes, you can keep expanding your skills by finding perfect online classes. Beginners and seasoned bakers can benefit from many of the wonderful classes out there. There are a number of free options that provide great tutorials and resources. Typically with paid classes, you will get a broader perspective and more detailed instructions to help you take your cookie decorating skills to the next level.
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