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2017 NPR's Best Books of the Year
2017 IACP Cookbook Award Winner
2017 National Parenting Product Awards Winner
2018 Mom's Choice Award Gold Winner
2019 New York Times "Best Cookbooks for Kids"
Also available in this series: Cooking Class and Cooking Class Global Feast!
This book is dedicated
to my sweet family
To make this book, I had lots of kitchen helpers. Three cheers and many thanks to the great kids pictured on the pages: Amalia, Amelia, Anna, Caleb, Coco, Dante, Djamil, Eden, Ella, Ethan, Finn, Inez, Luca, Maceo, Maisie, Malia, Ryland, Saenger, Sarah, Sophie, Tate, Tessa, Theo, Zadie H., Zadie S., and Zora.
I also want to thank our photographer, Carl Tremblay, and his assistant, Julian Chappell, for the beautiful photos, and talented food stylist Sally Staub. Special thanks to Jessica Armstrong, Lisa Hiley, and Deborah Balmuth, the team at Storey who helped make this book the best it could be. Thanks, too, to my partners at Kidstir.com for inspiring some of the recipes in this book. Lastly, I couldn't have made this book without the support of my family, who tested and tasted many of the recipes. Thanks Ella, Maisie, and Doug!
To my baking friends: Thanks for picking up Baking Class. I hope you enjoy baking up a storm with the recipes in this book. Please share photos of your kitchen creations with me at DeannaFCook.com — I'd love to see what you bake up!
Chapter 1: Welcome to Baking Class!
Lesson 1: Bake Like a Pro!
Lesson 2: Gather Up the Right Tools
Lesson 3: Stock Up on Bakery Basics
Lesson 4: Baking Vocabulary
Lesson 5: Measure Carefully
Lesson 6: Kitchen Safety
Lesson 7: Serve Up Some Special Treats
Chapter 2: Good Morning Treats
A Toast to You!
Mix & Match Toast Toppers
Pumpkin Patch Muffins
Bursting with Blueberries Muffins
Carrot Applesauce Bites
Fancy French Breakfast Treats
Cranberry Orange Scones
Chapter 3: Crackers & Quick Breads
Crunchy Tortilla Chips & Nachos
Crispy Cheese Squares
Crackin' Corn Bread
Mix & Match Under the Sea World
Monkey Munch Banana Bread
Zombie Zucchini Bread
Chapter 4: The Bread Bakery
Garlic Bread Sticks
Easy-Peasy Bread Dough
Simple Sandwich Loaf
Braid Away Bread
Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
Mix & Match Bread Art
No Need to Knead Bread
It's a Party! Pizza Dough
Chapter 5: The Cookie Jar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Factory
Awesome Oatmeal Cookies
Sweet & Simple Sugar Cookies
Mix & Match Cookie Craft
Lots of Lemon Squares
Chapter 6: Save Room for Pie
Dig in the Dirt Pie
Farmers' Market Fruit Tarts
Mix & Match Piecrust Shapes
My First Blueberry Pie
Teeny Tiny Apple Pies
Peachy Keen Crumble
Go Bananas Cream Pie
Chapter 7: Cake & Cupcake Factory
Very Vanilla Birthday Cake
One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes
Mix & Match Cupcake Decorating Party
Say "Cheese!" Cake
After-School Apple Cake
Mini Strawberry Shortcakes
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Share Your Experience!
Welcome to Baking Class!
Grab your apron and follow these tips and tricks for kitchen fun!
Each recipe is rated with one, two, or three rolling pins so you know the skill level needed to complete it. If you are a new chef, you can start with the easier recipes and work your way up.
Most of these recipes are "no-bake" and can be pulled together without having to use the oven.
These recipes involve baking in the oven or toaster oven, so brush up on your oven safety skills before you begin. These are good recipes to work on with a parent or older sibling.
These recipes involve cutting with sharp knives, using an electric mixer or food processor, and using the oven. They tend to take more time to prepare, too.
Bake like a Pro!
Start good habits from the get-go by following these basic kitchen rules. To begin with, ask an adult for permission before using the kitchen. Ask for help, too, if you have questions along the way.
- 1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before you handle food.
- 2. Roll up long sleeves & wear an apron. Tie back long hair to keep it away from food. You can even wear a bandanna or chef's hat!
- 3. Read the recipe from start to finish before you begin. Follow the steps closely.
- 4. Put out all the ingredients you'll need (see the Here's What You Need list) to be sure you have everything.
- 5. Start each recipe with ingredients that are at room temperature. And be sure to check expiration dates (don't use baking soda or perishables if they are past their dates).
- 6. Take out all the tools you need for your recipe from measuring cups to bowls.
- 7. Measure carefully (see the tips in Lesson 5: Measure Carefully).
- 8. Always use pot holders when moving pans in and out of the oven, and remember to turn the oven off after you're done baking.
- 9. Arrange your oven racks. Cookies, cakes, and breads bake most evenly in the middle of the oven. So before you preheat, arrange the oven racks so that one is in the center.
- 10. Preheat. Let the oven come to the correct temperature before you put in your pans or cookie trays. Otherwise, your food will take longer to bake or will cook unevenly.
- 11. Leave the oven door shut. The temperature drops every time the door is opened, so don't keep opening it to check your food. If your oven has a light, use it to keep an eye on your baked goodies.
- 12. Use a timer. Always set a timer, and don't leave the room when your cookies and pies are baking. Trust your sense of smell. If you smell burning, turn off the oven and take your food out, even if the timer hasn't gone off. Ovens heat at different rates, and no one wants burned baked goods!
- 13. Leave the kitchen sparkling clean! Put away the ingredients, wipe down the countertop, and wash the dishes.
Gather Up the Right Tools
To make the recipes in this book, you'll need some basic baking tools, such as cookie sheets, dry and liquid measuring cups, mixing spoons, and pot holders. You can put together a personal baking kit with your favorite tools and cookie cutters. Just find a big cardboard box or clear plastic container and stock it with your favorite baking tools. Label or decorate your container with the stickers in the back of the book.
Baking Kit Tools
- 1. Mixing bowls
- 2. Ramekins
- 3. Rolling pin
- 4. Cake decorating kit (with disposable pastry bags and basic icing tips)
- 5. Pastry Wheel
- 6. Pizza Wheel
- 7. Measuring spoons
- 8. Pastry Cutter
- 9. Whisk
- 10. Apron
More Baking Kit Tools
- 1. Liquid Measuring Cup
- 2. Dry Measuring Cup
- 3. Loaf pans
- 4. Cookie cutters
- 5. Metal spatula
- 6. Pie dish
- 7. Muffin pan
- 8. Paper Liners
- 9. Cookie sheet or Sheet pan and parchment paper
- 10. Cake pans
- 11. Pastry Brush
- 12. Icing spatula
- 13. Rubber spatula
- 14. Cooling rack
- 15. Pot holder
Stock Up On Bakery Basics
Look through the recipes in the book, then make a list of the ingredients you need to make a few of them. If you plan to bake often, it's a good idea to stock up on some of the basics listed below. With the right ingredients in your cupboard, you'll have everything you need to bake up a storm any time you get a craving for cookies!
- 1. Flour* (whole wheat, white, or gluten-free)
* For gluten-free treats, substitute gluten-free "cup for cup" flour for regular flour in the recipes.
- 2. Vegetable Oil
- 3. Butter
- 4. Cocoa powder
- 5. Cinnamon
- 6. Powdered Sugar
- 7. Vanilla extract
- 8. White Sugar
- 9. Brown Sugar
- 10. Honey
- 11. Yeast
- 12. Fresh eggs
- 13. Molasses
- 14. Baking Powder (and Baking Soda)
- 15. Salt
- 16. Oats
- 17. Cornmeal
More Bakery Basics
- 1. Blueberries
- 2. Strawberries
- 3. Shredded coconut
- 4. Nuts
- 5. Grated carrot
- 6. Apples
- 7. Bananas
- 8. Lemons
- 9. Chocolate chips
- 10. Candy eyes
- 11. Sugar sprinkles
- 12. Colored nonpareils
- 13. Food coloring
- 14. Rainbow sprinkles
- 15. Dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries)
*When fruits and veggies are in season, pick some up to add to your baked goods.
Many of the recipes in this book call for some basic prep work, such as melting butter or crushing graham crackers, before you start the other steps. Read the ingredients list and directions all the way through to find out what you need to do before you start baking. Here are some words you'll see in recipes:
Stir. To mix rapidly with a spoon, whisk, spatula, or electric mixer until smooth.
Cream. To mix butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until it turns fluffy. This adds air to your batter, which helps your baked goods rise.
Whisk. To combine ingredients with a whisk. You can whisk dry ingredients, like flour and baking powder, or wet ingredients, like eggs and milk.
Mix. To use a spoon or electric mixer to combine ingredients evenly. Use a bowl that is big enough to hold everything with extra room for the mixing activity.
Process. To mix ingredients in a food processor. Read the machine manual, and ask an adult for help when using a food processor for the first time. (See Lesson 6: Kitchen Safety.)
Grease the pan. To rub butter or vegetable oil (or use baking spray) on baking pans so food won't stick. Don't forget the sides and corners of the pan!
Grease and lightly flour. Once you've greased your pan, add a tablespoon of flour. Tap all sides to lightly flour the entire surface.
Line with parchment. To lay a sheet of parchment paper on your pan, which will keep cookies and breads from sticking to them.
Knead. To fold the dough in half, press with your palms, then turn and fold again. This makes your scones and breads light and airy by developing the gluten.
Melt. To turn a solid into a liquid by applying heat. You can melt butter or chocolate in a saucepan over low heat or in a bowl in a microwave for 10 to 20 seconds at a time.
Brush. To paint melted butter or egg wash on dough or bread with a pastry brush.
Sift. To process flour and other dry ingredients through a sieve or sifter to break up any clumps. Most flour you buy in the store is presifted, but if your baking powder or baking soda looks lumpy, you might want to sift it with the flour to mix it all together.
Add dry ingredients. To add a mixture of flour and other dry ingredients to a batter. If you're using a stand mixer, you can prevent the flour from flying around the kitchen by carefully holding a dishtowel around the bowl, keeping fingers out of the way.
Cut in the butter. To use a special pastry cutter, or two forks, to combine butter or shortening with dry ingredients until crumbly.
Roll out. To flatten out dough with a rolling pin. Rolling between two pieces of plastic wrap or waxed paper prevents sticking. You won't need to add extra flour, which can make your baked goods taste less buttery.
Cut with cookie cutters. To cut into shapes using cookie cutters. Use the sharper side to press into the dough. Cold dough is easiest to cut. If it sticks to the cutters, dip them in a little flour.
Cut with a Wheel. To cut dough or piecrust with a pastry wheel or a pizza wheel. The pastry wheel makes a zigzag pattern. The pizza wheel makes a straight line.
Crimp. To pinch the edges of a dough into a decorative pattern, or to press two edges of dough together to seal them.
Grate. To shred ingredients, such as carrots or zucchini, against a grater. When the food you're grating gets really small, stop grating to protect your fingers. Grating citrus rind is called zesting. (Note: you can also use a cool tool called a zester to grate the rind.)
Scoop. To make drop cookies or fill muffin pans using an ice cream scoop. It's less messy than using a spoon, and the cookies, muffins, and cupcakes will come out evenly shaped.
Scrape with a Spatula. To get every last bit of batter out of the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula.
Test for doneness. To check to see if your baked goods are finished baking.
“What do we like more than homemade goodies? When kids can make 'em themselves! The new book Baking Class helps them do just that with cute ideas and step-by-step how-tos perfect for any aspiring chef.” — FamilyFun
“What's the phrase – kid-tested, mother-approved? Two years ago, my then-9-year-old worked her way through Cooking Class, Deanna F. Cook's previous book, with little to no intervention from me. This year's charmer has been the same story. It's a teach-yourself-to-bake book with vast kid appeal, thanks to big step-by-step photos, clear instructions and adorable, easy recipes (cranberry orange scones, teeny tiny apple pies, sugar cookies, macaroons). At the back are stickers, labels and – be still my beating heart – stencils so that you can sugar-powder your cookies into art.” — T. Susan Chang, NPR's Best Books of 2017
"Spiral-bound, with glossy, easy-to-clean covers, these cookbooks are bright and colorful, with recipes that range in difficulty from very easy (mug cake, salad dressing) to more complicated (crepes, spring rolls). They are perfect for children who want a thorough introduction to the kitchen, including basic rules for safety, vocabulary, setting a table and — you’re going to love this, parents — cleaning up. They are written for children ages 8 to 12, but again, younger ones will find something for them here, too." — New York Times
“Roll up your sleeves and get out the oven mitts for Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! This colorful, spiral-bound guide, presented by the aptly named kids' cookbook writer Deanna F. Cook, features easy instructions paired with helpful pictures. There are eye-catching recipes for crispy cheese squares (think Cheez-Its) and brownie pizza, plus adorable bread art (bake an octopus or a snail) and cake and cookie decorating ideas, all rated for difficulty using a scale of one to three rolling pins. Who knew you could put designs and initials on toast using foil shields? A section on the basics gets young bakers started, and additional bonuses include stickers, bake-sale tags and design stencils to use with confectioner's sugar.” — BookPage
“This colorful baking guide offers detailed illustrated directions to help kids make a wide range of baked goods, including muffins, breads, cookies, scones, biscuits, pies, cakes, and cupcakes. Color photos accompany each step of every recipe, as well as several pages of baking basics that introduce common cooking terms, safety tips, and tools. The recipes are rated with one, two, or three rolling pins to indicate their level of difficulty. Along with the 50 recipes, the book features sidebars and extra pages of cooking tips and variations. For example, the recipe for “Silly Sticks” includes a sidebar that describes five other easy ways to use puff pastry, and the “Sweet and Simple Sugar Cookie” recipe is followed by four pages of decorating ideas and tips. While most of the recipes require the use of an oven, a few, such as “A Toast to You,” can be made in a toaster oven, or in the case of the flour-free “Cocoa Cake in a Mug,” even the microwave. The book also includes a table of contents and an index for handy reference. VERDICT This attractive and well-organized baking guide for kids will make a nice addition to most nonfiction collections, and a good gift for young baking enthusiasts.” — School Library Journal
“Highly visual, photographing each step along the way to creating crispy cheese squares and “dig in the dirt” pie (chocolate ice cream topped with cookie crumbs, painted candy ladybugs, and gummy worms, and frozen overnight).” — Publishers Weekly
“Crammed full of joy and fun, this cookbook teaches kids baking fundamentals while they whip up their favorite treats. The only way this book could be better is if it did the cleanup, too!” — Stacie Billis, author of One Hungry Mama and Make It Easy
“Here’s a book for kids to sink their teeth into! They’ll build confidence in the kitchen while turning out wholesome and delicious baked goods.” — Jenna Helwig, food editor at Parents magazine and author of Smoothie-licious
- On Sale
- Sep 5, 2017
- Page Count
- 144 pages