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Cookie decorating class, help?

post #1 of 6
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ok I was thinking about doing a cookie decorating class as a fundraiser. But I have a few questions. 1. How much to charge. 2. how many types of cookies I was thinking 3 easy Christmas ones, snow flake, snowman, stocking and then maybe one more kind of harder one loike Santa or sleigh. I will not be doing this at my home, how many diff colors do I bring and how many people? I know that's a lot of questns and I'm sorry I tried doing a google search and I couldn't find any help. Any ideas would be great!!!!
Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 6
When I did a cookie decorating class thru a local community college, the cost ws $35 per student for a three hour class. There was a minimum of 5 students to a maximum of 12. Each student decorated 4 of my 3D cookies.

My advice: keep it simple! For Christmas cookies, stick with red, green and white icing with possibly blue for the snowflakes. Make up the icing bags ahead of time to save you the hassle of doing them all during the class, leaving only a couple in case you want to demonstrate how you fill a bag (trust me, there will be people who have no clue!). I set out coffee mugs for the students to use to hold the icing bags when they weren't using them, with the bottom of the bag folded up and the tips pointing up. Bring various sprinkles and mini candies because people really like these! Bring disposable aluminum trays or something similar for the students to carry home their cookies. Bring example cookies for the students to look at to get ideas. I would plan on maybe five or six cookies for each student do. Maybe a couple snowflakes, a Christmas tree, an ornament, and a snowman.

Keep your class at a size you can manage. No more than 10 students. There will be lots of questions, and you will want to be able to take the time to answer them.

Good luck! Once you've got one class under your belt, you'll be a pro and it will make the next one that much easier!
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you that's kind of what I was thinking. And BTW I love your cookies!
post #4 of 6
I totally agree with GeminiRJs wise, wise advice! Everything she mentioned is spot on.

The only things I can add are:
  I charge $30 for a 2.5 hour class.
  Each student takes home a bag with the cookie recipe, the icing recipe, 3 tips (#1, #2, #3), three disposable icing bags, three couplers, three bag ties and 3 tablespoons of meringue powder
  I trace the cookie shapes and print them on cardstock, along with a couple of random shapes (lines, circles, squares) so that they can practice their piping before tackling the actual cookies.
  At first I was surprised at how fast some people zip through their cookies. If you have a couple of extra cardstock printouts for them to continue practicing on, that keeps them busy and does not disturb the rest of the class.

Have fun!
post #5 of 6
I only have one thing to add: when I did it, I rubber-banded the full piping bags shut. People have a tendency to grab the bags before you give instructions and, trust me, they'll grab in the middle and the icing will plop out the top!!

Good luck with your class! icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 6
I am teaching a cookie decorating class next month. I printed off practice templates from karenscookies. net and laminated them. The participants can then take wipe them clean and re-use them at home.

I'm charging $30 for a 2 hour class, however, I'm having it at a friends restaurant and that price includes lunch.
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