7 Cooking & Baking Classes That Will Make Your Holidays More Delicious

If you’re hoping to liven up your holiday menus but could use a little help in the kitchen or behind the bar, look no further. Festive cooking classes abound and will assist you in elevating your offerings this season.

From welcoming cocktails to delicious desserts, sweet and savory sessions are available at a range of price points throughout the area.

Grab your apron and take a look. Bon appétit!

Holiday Baking at Ridgewood Culinary Studio in Ridgewood

From December 11, 2017 7:00 pm until December 11, 2017 9:00 pm


Learn to create 3 different kinds of holiday cookies. Everyone will go home with 1 dozen to share with friends and family. Bring containers. Register here.

Easy Holiday Appetizers at Ridgewood Culinary Studio in Ridgewood

December 18, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Entertaining is stressful over the holidays. In this class you will learn to make 3 different hearty appetizers to wow your friends and family. Register here.

Fresh Pasta for the Holidays at Ninety Acres Cooking School in Peapack

During ​this ​workshop on December 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ​you’ll ​learn ​how ​to ​prepare ​a ​variety ​of ​homemade ​pasta ​dishes ​that ​can ​be ​made ​ahead ​and ​frozen ​for ​holiday ​guests. ​These ​dishes ​are ​so ​delicious, ​you’ll ​probably ​want ​to ​prepare ​them ​throughout ​the ​winter ​and ​save ​for ​family ​on ​a ​cold ​night. ​


Seafood ​Lasagna

Cheese ​Ravioli ​with ​Fresh ​Tomato ​Sauce

Cannelloni ​with ​Spinach, ​Prosciutto ​and ​Parmesan ​cheese

Fennel ​and ​Citrus ​Salad ​with ​Bleu ​Cheese ​and ​Walnuts

Pannetone ​Bread ​Pudding ​with ​Caramel ​Sauce

The cost is $130 per person. To register, visit Ninety Acres’ website or call 908-901-4714.

Holiday Open House at Ninety Acres Cooking School

6:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 3rd

Instructor: Blake Swihart

Cost: $150

So ​many ​of ​us ​entertain ​for ​the ​holidays ​but ​our ​door ​is ​always ​open. ​This ​menu ​is ​designed ​to ​feed ​all ​of ​those ​you ​are ​entertaining, ​with ​little ​hassle ​to ​you. ​These ​delicious ​plates ​allow ​you ​to ​impress ​your ​guests ​but ​still ​have ​plenty ​of ​time ​to ​spend ​with ​them. ​ ​

Goats ​Cheese ​& ​Tomato ​Jam ​Quesadillas
Curried ​Beets ​& ​Apples ​in ​Endive ​Spoons
Chorizo-stuffed ​Dates ​wrapped ​in ​Bacon
Guacamole ​& ​Shrimp ​Martinis
Celery ​Root ​Soup ​Shooters
Asian ​Vegetable ​Spring ​Rolls
Pulled ​Lamb ​Sliders ​w/ ​BBQ ​Sauce ​on ​Buns
Individual ​Ginger ​Pear ​Crisps

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Holiday Cookie Class at Classic Thyme in Westfield

There’s nothing like giving the gift of homemade holiday cookies. Learn some new recipes on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cookies include:

Raspberry Almond Biscotti

Sicilian Sesame Cookies

Chocolate Pecan Rugelach

Dulce de Leche Alfajores Bars

Soft Sugar Cookies

Spiced Apple Drop Cookies

The cost is $85 per person. To register, visit Classic Thyme’s website or call 908-232-5445.

Vegan Holiday Snacks at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills

Lighten up your menu with these vegan snacks that are sure to please the palates of all your guests. From tasty appetizers to a scrumptious dessert, the class covers plenty of favorites on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Who doesn’t love healthy sides?
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Kaboompics // Karolina

Recipes include:

Potato Latkes

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Pesto Pinwheels

Pigs Safe in Blankets

Pignoli Amaretti Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

The cost is $60 per person. To register, visit Kings Cooking Studio’s website or call 973-258-4009.

Soups & Stews at The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station

After the holidays are over, you’ll need to fight off those winter blues with some soups and stews. Lucky for you that Ryland Inn Executive Chef Chris Albrecht will be instructing a hands on class all about Soups & Stews!

The cost is $45 per person. To register, visit The Ryland Inn’s website or 908-534-4011.

January 17, 7 p.m.