Sat, Dec 18, 2021
3:30pm - 5:30pm EST
The Dynamite Shop’s Annual Holiday Cookie Swap party is one of our very favorite traditions. We’re sharing our favorite cookies from home, as we set aside a day for a holiday baking bonanza. We’ll learn a ton of cookie tips and tricks while we bake Lemon-Raspberry Thumbprint cookies and Dynamite Sugar Cookies topped with festive sprinkles.
At the end of the class, we’ll have trays of cookies to pack into boxes and share with everyone we love (and, ok, we’ll be saving a few for ourselves).
Our online workshops are open to all ages; adults can come on their own, bring their kids of any age, or kids 7 and older can come on their own.
You’ll receive the lesson plan via email the Monday before the class and an email reminder with the Zoom link 30 minutes before class.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs
- 1 lemon
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus a few tablespoons more to top cookies
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus a few tablespoons more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup raspberry jam
Special equipment you’ll need:
- Stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer or wooden spoon)
With the proper pre-class prep, our lessons are designed for children to be able to cook without parental participation, but parents know their children best. Some children may need a hand with particular equipment or instructions.
HOW TO SIGN UP MORE THAN ONE PERSON: Families using one screen for multiple people need only to purchase one seat for the family. Sign up one member of your family and note at checkout who the other members are. If you sign up more than one, we will assume you are opting to pay for more than one as a means of supporting our work. Thank you!
- These workshops are all ages. Children must be at least 7 years old to participate.
- Some children may need a hand with particular equipment or instructions, in which case a parent should be available to assist.
- Parental supervision in the house is required for safety.
- Stable internet connection.
- A laptop, tablet, or phone with a working, clean camera so that we can assist your child when cooking, and give them tips and feedback.
- Connect to class on time. If you are going to be late please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you'll learn
- Kitchen safety
- Knife skills
- How to read a recipe
- Using measuring tools and other kitchen equipment
- Understanding and customizing flavors
- Cultural context of food
- Taking ownership and responsibility for kitchen clean up
- Mathematical skills
- Executive functioning skills
- Problem solving
- Following directions
- Listening and comprehension
- Time management
- Gaining confidence
Sample Class Format
- The class starts with a 5-10 minute introduction of the dish, and ingredients, followed by an overview of the class timeline. Then we cook! We do visual check-ins with each student and re-iterate that everyone cooks at their own pace, so there’s no rush. (If there are more than eight students in the class, a second teacher will help moderate the chat and tend to students’ questions.) Students are encouraged to ask questions and show their work for feedback. We also encourage students to clean as they go and we take several breaks to tidy up. After we are done cooking, we give serving and storing instructions.
Other Things To Know
With the proper pre-class prep, our lessons are designed for students to be able to cook without parental participation, but parents know their children best. Some children may need a hand with particular equipment or instructions.
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.
What To Bring
- Please reference the equipment and ingredient list in the lesson packet for a complete list.
- Printed lesson packet with recipe (provided via email the Friday before class).
- Ingredients and equipment listed in class lesson packet (you can also check it in advance on our website here).
- Completed “Pre-Class Prep” noted in the lesson packet.
- Wear comfortable clothing, an apron, and closed-toed shoes.
Reviews for The Dynamite Shop (Cooking Classes)
4.9 out of 5
Based on 348 provider ratings
Jan 25, 2022
The recipe was tasty, and my daughter learned a lot of new tips and techniques, as well as some history about Chinese-American cuisine (velveting; corn starch as a thickener; how woks are used, etc.).
At 11, I feel my daughter is just old enough to handle sizzling hot oil on her own, but I think having a disclaimer for parents on this recipe would be helpful. Even as an adult, wiping excess grease out of a pan with a paper towel can get tricky.
Response from The Dynamite Shop (Cooking Classes)
Hi Margaret - we are so glad your daughter learned some new techniques in the kitchen! We wanted to respond to your suggestion of a disclaimer. We actually do that that, in three different places. In the course description on our website, in the check out on Sawyer, and in the recipe packet you get emailed before class. Please let us know if you were unable to find those parts of our materials!
Jan 23, 2022
The class was wonderful and the instructor was so patient!
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About The Dynamite Shop (Cooking Classes)
We started as a culinary social club for children and their families in a Park Slope, Brooklyn storefront with a teaching kitchen, cook's library, photo and video studio, backyard garden and a cafe up front. That was in 2017. In 2020 everything changed and we pivoted online.
Our goal is to help the rising generation of cooks find their niche in food, to celebrate the diversity of our communities and the wider world, and to develop positive relationships around food. Consider us Home Ec 2.0: we champion an old fashioned reverence of the table and offer a cool, supportive place to unplug, but we also embrace technology in the ways it can foster creativity and connection.
The Dynamite Shop empowers kids to express themselves through the lens of food, so we’re not just cooking lasagna and bibimbap to bring home for dinner--we’re learning about regional variations, live-streaming with chefs, watching and creating videos, and exploring how food intersects with culture and community.
Our core curricula is the Dynamite Dinner Club where kids gather in our Zoom kitchen to cook dinner for their families and learn real life cooking skills in the process. Beyond Dinner Club, we're a community that revolves around food: We offer cooking classes for the whole family, weekend workshops, food service projects, private parties and group cooking activities for all ages. Now that we’re online, we are available to the whole planet.