Life Skills

Y Fall Fun! Baking Cookies & Decorating with Royal Icing (FLEX) — Ages 13-18

How do people make cookies so perfectly even and smooth? In this 4-week FLEX course, we will learn secrets for baking cutout cookies and decorating them with royal icing. We will make fall-themed cookies: pumpkins, apples, and leaves.
41 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class

No live meetings

Over 4 weeks

13-18

year olds

1-12

learners per class

per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

There are no open spots for this class.

You can request another time or scroll down to find more classes like this.

Description

Class Experience

Students will learn:
- How to make sugar cookies
- How to make, thin, and color royal icing
- How to fill icing bags
- Flooding, piping, wet-on-wet, and other decorating techniques
- Tips for clean up and storage
- Basic hygiene when working with food
I have been cooking and baking for my whole life! I especially enjoy creating new recipes. As a two-time winner of the Duncan Hines Festival Create Your Own Recipe contest, I have demonstrated some of my recipes on a local news show. I have designed and created many themed treats such as Pinocchio cake pops, sea scene cookies, and "melted witch" cookies for local shows.     
A complete ingredient and supply list will be provided with your welcome letter immediately upon enrollment. See "Allergen Info" under "Parental Guidance" for a list of basic ingredients. 

***SPECIAL SUPPLIES***

COOKIE CUTTERS
If your child wants to make the same cookies that I make in the videos, I highly recommend ordering cookie cutters right away. (This is especially recommended for less experienced learners. Older/more experienced learners may choose to follow the general directions and make whatever kinds of cookies they prefer.) If you are using your own cookie cutters, it's helpful for them to be around 4 inches at the longest part. (This is helpful for baking the same sized cookies together, and for getting the highest number of cookies from a batch of dough.) 

Except for two, I ordered most of my cookie cutters from this WONDERFUL company. Their customer service is stellar! The best part is that each cookie cutter costs less than $1! 

https://americantraditioncookiecutters.com/   

These will work great for our class: 

3" Apple:
https://americantraditioncookiecutters.com/products/3-apple-metal-cookie-cutter?_pos=1&_sid=a8080779a&_ss=r  

3" Pumpkin:
https://americantraditioncookiecutters.com/products/3-pumpkin-metal-cookie-cutter?_pos=4&_sid=60b3abd45&_ss=r 

3.5" Oak Leaf:
https://americantraditioncookiecutters.com/products/3-5-oak-leaf-metal-cookie-cutter?_pos=1&_sid=65ec72226&_ss=r  

(I also used another leaf cookie cutter that I already had; I could not locate a source for it.) 

***OTHER SPECIAL SUPPLIES***

1) TIPLESS DISPOSABLE PIPING BAGS

    (See next item for more information)

2) SCRIBE TOOL (if you need to save money, you can use toothpicks)

     I got both of these (the piping bags and the scribe tool) as a set here. It's a great value! 
     https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0816HTWC2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

     (I do NOT recommend that you use ziploc bags instead of piping bags. Ziploc bags do not hold up well, can break, are 
     awkward to work with, and can lead to frustration. The bags I shared above are super strong and so easy to work with.) 

3) MERINGUE POWDER

    This can be found in the specialty baking aisle, near the craft section of stores such as Walmart, Michael's Hobby Lobby, and Joann. I have not tried many other brands, but I know that Wilton and Sunny Side Up Bakery both work well. 

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Wilton-Meringue-Powder-4-oz-Egg-White-Substitute/52668819

4) GEL FOOD COLORING

   I would not be tempted to buy generic/store brand; the colors are weak. Some good brands I have tried are: Wilton, Americolor, and Sunny Side Up Bakery. 

The colors and brands I used for the cookies pictured are: 

Leaf Green (Wilton, Sunny Side Up Bakery) - apples, pumpkins
Peach [orange would also work great] (Sunny Side Up Bakery) - pumpkins, leaves
Lemon yellow (Sunny Side Up Bakery) - leaves
Super red (Sunny Side Up Bakery) - leaves, apples

However, these are basic colors, so you don't need to get the exact same kind as long as you buy good quality. For example, Wilton Kelly Green would also work well. 

5) TWO 1/4" DOWEL RODS

These are used to make the cookies even and uniform. If you can find the square kind (they won't roll), that's great! Otherwise, round will do just fine. 

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Waddell-1-4-in-x-36-in-Basswood-Square-Dowel-8304U/100545825 

***OTHER BASIC SUPPLIES/APPLIANCES***
- Oven
- *Freezer
- **Electric mixer (a stand mixer is ideal, but a hand mixer will do). Please see note below!  
- Baking sheets (I do not recommend insulated baking sheets. If that's all you have, though, that's okay.)
- Toothpicks
- Large mixing bowl
- Small mixing bowls (any will do, but flexible silicone bowls are great) 
- Rolling pin (the wider, the better)
- Parchment paper (found near the plastic wrap and foil, or in the specialty baking products aisle); you could also use silicone baking mats, if you have them 
- Dry measuring cups
- Liquid measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Rubber or silicone spatulas
- Tall drinking glass (for filling icing bags)
- Twist ties or rubber bands for closing/sealing icing bags after filling
- Binder clips for storing filled icing bags https://www.walmart.com/ip/PEN-GEAR-0-75-Metal-Binder-Clips-Black-12-Count/55508037 
- Thin cookie spatula (metal is best)
- Scissors for opening bags and packages
- Hard-sided containers for storage
- High quality oven mitts (not potholders) are highly recommended. Look for these features:

     - Heat resistant to 500 F/260 C
     - Long cuffs to protect wrists/arms
     - Silicone, textured grips
     - "Puppet"-style gloves (easier to control)
     - Soft, non-stiff fabric 

I did hours of research, but couldn't find oven mitts designed for children. These are the closest I could find:

First choice:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cuisinart-Silicone-Oven-Mitts-2-Pack-Heat-Resistant-To-500-Degrees-Handle-Hot-Kitchen-Items-Safely-Non-Slip-Grip-Gloves-Insulated-Deep-Pockets-Hangin/637828414?athcpid=637828414&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004&athguid=Kbq8fFQAORUUkVcFJhKcHua3sGCADV9L8Clk&athancid=null&athena=true&athbdg=L1700 

Second choice:
https://www.amazon.com/Resistant-Degrees-Grabber-Kitchen-Cooking/dp/B08CN4JCHT

OPTIONAL
This gadget can be helpful to push oven racks in and out: 
https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-9120-Kitchen-Ruler/dp/B000BRNF7M/

*You will also need space in your freezer for storing the cookies. We will make all the cookies the first week, then thaw and decorate some each week. 

**It is VERY important to have an electric mixer (either a stand mixer or a hand mixer). The cookie recipe makes a very stiff dough. 


 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
You know your learner best; please supervise as needed. Less experienced learners will need assistance with using a mixer and using the oven. 

This gadget can be helpful to push oven racks in and out: 
https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-9120-Kitchen-Ruler/dp/B000BRNF7M/

High quality oven mitts (not potholders) are highly recommended. Look for these features:

- Heat resistant to 500 F/260 C
- Long cuffs to protect wrists/arms
- Silicone, textured grips
- "Puppet"-style gloves (easier to control)
- Soft, non-stiff fabric 

I did hours of research, but couldn't find oven mitts designed for small hands. These are the closest I could find:

First choice:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cuisinart-Silicone-Oven-Mitts-2-Pack-Heat-Resistant-To-500-Degrees-Handle-Hot-Kitchen-Items-Safely-Non-Slip-Grip-Gloves-Insulated-Deep-Pockets-Hangin/637828414?athcpid=637828414&athpgid=AthenaItempage&athcgid=null&athznid=si&athieid=v0&athstid=CS004&athguid=Kbq8fFQAORUUkVcFJhKcHua3sGCADV9L8Clk&athancid=null&athena=true&athbdg=L1700 

Second choice:
https://www.amazon.com/Resistant-Degrees-Grabber-Kitchen-Cooking/dp/B08CN4JCHT

ALLERGEN INFO 
We will be working with:
Flour
Butter
Eggs
Meringue powder (dehydrated egg whites) 
Sugar
Powdered sugar
Cornstarch
Corn syrup
Vanilla
Lemon juice
Food coloring

Teacher

Laura Rupers, M.Ed., Certified Reading Specialist
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
High energy and enthusiastic! TESOL-certified
41 total reviews
80 completed classes

About Me

Five years ago, after many joyful decades of teaching children and teens of all ages in a wide variety of settings, I ventured into the world of online teaching. WOW—It has captivated me like nothing else! Teaching on Outschool is especially... 
Learn
© 2022 Outschool, Inc.