Food Sculpting

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11 - 17 yrs


Thu, Aug 5, 2021


12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT


Nicole S.


100 students

Class Experience

Please make your dough BEFORE the workshop! This will give us lots of time to play with sculpture, without using the whole session just to make the dough without getting to the sculpture part.

This week, we'll be making beautiful patterned cookies! We will use the recipe below, adapted from Smitten Kitchen (just the dough part of this recipe: The techniques we'll use are simplified versions of the techniques used to make nerikomi, neriage, and agateware, where potters create patterns and designs using multiple colors of clay together. Use the recipe to make your two colors of dough, keep them in the fridge, and bring them to class at noon on Thursday. Do a Google Image search for nerikomi, neriage, and agateware to see what kinds of designs we might get! Here's the recipe for the dough:

1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes **Note: If you're using a food processor or stand mixer, you can start with cold butter. If you're using a hand mixer, leave the butter out for a few hours so that it comes up to room temperature before you make the dough.
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup additional all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, any kind

Measuring cups & spoons
Baking sheet / cookie sheet
Parchment paper or silicone pan liner
Big bowl for mixing dough in
Another large bowl for putting half the dough into later
Surface for rolling cookies on: this could be a countertop, table, cutting board, or another baking sheet.
Hand mixer OR food processor OR stand mixer
Parchment paper
Optional: spoon, rubber or silicone spatula, cookie cutters, extra baking sheet


You'll be making two colors of dough, one light (like a sugar cookie) and one dark (cocoa). You'll start by making one big batch of dough and then dividing it into two halves. Keep the two halves separate and have them ready, then we'll explore lots of different ways to sculpt and mix them together to make gorgeous cookies.

To make the dough in a food processor: Put the sugars, salt, 2 cups of flour, and butter in the food processor. Mix until the dough begins to clump, then add the egg and vanilla. You might need to pause every so often to scrape the dough from the sides of the bowl. Keep running the food processor until the dough becomes one big ball.

To make the dough with a stand mixer or hand mixer: Put the butter, sugars, and salt in the bowl and beat until creamy and fully combined. You might need to scrape down the bowl a few times. Once fully mixed, add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add 2 cups of flour and continue mixing until the dough forms one big ball.
One the dough is done, divide the dough in half and put each half in its own bowl. Add 1/3 cup of flour to one bowl (this will be the lighter dough) and 1/3 cup of cocoa powder to the other (this will be the darker one). Mix each one until fully blended.

If you're making the dough right before the workshop, leave it out on the counter near your work spot for the workshop. If you're making it a day or two ahead, wrap each ball of dough tightly in plastic or parchment paper so it doesn't dry out, and put it in the fridge. You'll want to take it out of the fridge an hour or two before the workshop.

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.


Gunnar H.

Jul 8, 2021


it was very easy to get involved and actually get something from this class


it can’t it was very well and i loved this class

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