A few weeks back, I shared a few cupcake pictures here, while talking about a delightful cupcake bakery mystery series. This week, I'm not going to talk about mysteries. I'm going to talk about attending a cookie class with my daughter. I told everyone that she is a really talented baker - my daughter, I mean. She is quite creative and skilled and cupcakes are her preferred baked item to create. However, she does bake and decorate cakes and cookies. A while back, she and I took a class in cookie decorating at a shop in the Austin area, Make It Sweet. It was quite a fun event, and I thought I would share a few pictures.
Make It Sweet is a great little shop. I suspect that they are the largest baking supply outlet in our area. They have a wide selection of goods for baking all kinds of things and their supply of cookie cutters is amazing - every shape imaginable. And they have classes of all kinds. For cake decorating, cookie decorating, working with fondant, and baking breads - classes for adults and for kids. They aren't cheap, but they are fun. The night we went, the class was full, as they often are far in advance, and everyone was with a friend, relative, or group. Lots of laughter and giggling.
We all arrived and got our instructions, our aprons, and we were told to go wash our hands. Other than the fact that my girl held up the hand washing line (think I told that she's a nurse and she has a 'process' for this task), we settled in quickly. The cookies were already baked for us and the instructor told us we'd be working with flow icing (which is runny, so it flows easily) and also with piping. And here are the cookies that I created:
Here are the ones that my daughter made:
This class is held year-round and is themed to the season. The cupcake decorating classes are the same. My girl has taken a few of the more advanced cake and cupcake classes and here's a picture of the results of one she took, around Valentine's I suspect. She said that these were her favorites from the cupcake class.
And the biggest bonus was that all of us got to take our cookies home. They were very tasty and almost too pretty to eat. So, have I made cookies like this since the class? No, I haven't. We did receive recipes and tips. But, for me, though fun in a class - a lot of work in real life. One day, I'd like to go back for another class. It was a fun mother/daughter time.
I'm linking this post to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.