Discover The Delight Of Festive Baking

November 21, 2023
box of 6 macarons from le detroit macaron surrounded by various macaron flavors

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As the holiday season approaches, the aroma of freshly baked goods begins to fill the air, inviting us to partake in one of the season’s most cherished traditions: holiday baking. For many, however, creating those perfect festive treats can be daunting. This is where holiday baking classes come into play, offering a fun, informative, and hands-on way to learn the art of seasonal baking. These classes are not just about learning recipes; they’re about creating memories, honing skills, and embracing the holiday spirit in a communal setting.


2756 Evaline Street, Hamtramck

Le Detroit Macaron is the place to be to fill those macaron cravings. If you’ve ever wanted to try to make them yourself, now is your chance! Owner Isabelle Ashour shares, “Our shop specializes in traditional French macarons – all made by hand! Macarons are notoriously tricky to master so we started our classes to help people really nail down their techniques! Class sizes are small and intimate (only 6 people per class!) so that our participants can feel free to ask questions and engage with their instructors. Our class schedule comes out on a month-to-month basis – we’re adding more and more each month!” Each class is two hours long, and you learn all the best tips and tricks to making the perfect macarons. After class, you get to take home a complimentary box of macarons plus a dozen of your creations. 

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le detroit macaron chocolate macarons with baking classes available
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8160 East 10 Mile Road, Center Line

November 29

Grab up the kiddies and break out the decorating skills for a night of Christmas cookies on November 29th. This two-hour-long class at Heinrich’s Decorating Nook will be just enough hands-on frosting action to get creative with your cookies. No supplies are required to purchase beforehand, but tickets to join in the festivities are $50. Heinrich is not called the Decorating Nook for nothing as they have been in business for over 30 years.


14500 Twelve Mile Road, Warren

December 10

Ready to decorate some cookies? Custom Cookie Creation has you covered. “I host sugar cookie decorating classes year-round all over the place – Blake’s Orchard, golf courses, restaurants, and breweries,” shares Amanda Poirier, owner of Custom Cookie Creation LLC. “My biggest event of the year is the Christmas Cookie Decorating Class and Holiday Market on December 10th at Macomb Community College. At this event, I host cookie classes that run simultaneously to a holiday market that I put on. The market is open to the public however, registration is required for the cookie class portion. The holiday market will feature over 90 vendors including small businesses, artists, and such from all around the state. Supporting other local, small businesses is always my goal. My company also ‘adopts’ foster children at Christmas time through friends of foster and gift as many children as we can with winter accessories, clothing, pajamas, and toys. Proceeds from this event go towards those efforts.” 

cookie decorating/baking class with holiday cookies and icing
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8066 Kercheval, Detroit

December 12 – 13

Sister Pie is a Metro Detroit favorite for baked goods, and you can learn how to bake cookies just like them! From 6 to 8 p.m. on December 12 and 13, attendees will be learning cookie fundamentals with all kinds of tips and tricks. Learn how to pipe icing like a pro and butter creaming techniques along the way. With the $100 class, you’ll get copies of three recipes of cookies demonstrated in the class, an assorted box of fresh-baked cookies, and a to-go treat bag. Grab your ticket to learn how to bake like the greats!


120 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

December 15

All ages are welcome to attend the cookie decorating class hosted by Avalon After Hours and guided by Heather Bells Bakery. Heather Bells Bakery was founded in 2021 by two friends, Sarah Bell and Heather Ellis. This duo shares, “We currently bake out of a shared kitchen, The Proud Mitten, in Plymouth. We sell our desserts in Avalon Ann Arbor, Avalon Woodward, and The Vintage Mercantile in Trenton.” For $33, you’ll reserve your spot and receive a kit with four cookies, buttercream, and sprinkles to decorate. Other food and beverages (alcoholic,  non-alcoholic, and espresso) will also be available for purchase when you attend. Grab your tickets beforehand and enjoy an evening of decorating!


413 South Main Street, Rochester

December 20

From 6 to 8 p.m., this family-friendly class will teach you how to bake an assortment of cookies just in time for the holidays. Attendees must be at least 7 years old. This two-hour class is $45 a person, and registration is required, which closes on December 5. Before (or after) class, check out the downtown Rochester area that will be aglow from The Big, Bright Light Show, which is lit every night from November 20 until January 21. 

This article has been updated to include new information. The original article was published on November 28, 2018 and was authored by Karen Dybis.