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Course Description

Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, and gingerbread men. Every person has their favorite variety but most people have a special place in their heart for cookies and the memories they carry with them. Some remember their grandmothers' house and decorating holiday cookies with vibrant icing colors while listening to old music, others remember a home filled with the sweet smell of cookies in the oven, and still others think of brothers, sisters, parents, and friends.

Cookies may be an iconic dessert but many people have lost touch with the art of making them. In this course, you will learn how to recapture the spirit of the perfect cookie, how to make them from scratch, and how to share them with family and friends for years to come. You will learn how to pick the right utensils for the task, how to choose your ingredients, how to ensure the desired outcome, and how to perfect a few little twists on classic favorites. You will learn the differences in the chocolates used for cookies and how to work with them. You will learn how to work with different kinds of nuts, and how to pick the right healthy substitutions for any cookie. You will learn the art of the French macaron and how to decorate holiday favorites.

This course is complete with the support of a few wonderfully delicious recipes to impress any guest. Let's get baking!

Course Requirements

 You should be familiar with basic cooking concepts/procedures. You should know how to work around hot stove tops, and know how to use an oven. In addition, you'll need kitchen supplies--most you probably already own.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Instruments, Utensils, and Preparation

Lesson 2: How to Ensure the Best Outcome

Lesson 3: Selecting the Best Ingredients

Lesson 4: Glazes and Frostings

Lesson 5: Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate

Lesson 6: Working with Nuts

Lesson 7: Cookie Decorating

Lesson 8: Sandwich Cookies and Cookie Cakes

Lesson 9: French Macarons

Lesson 10: Simple Twists on Old Favorites

Lesson 11: Healthier But Just as Delicious

Lesson 12: Presentation

Reading Materials

 All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

While this course is for information purposes, there are numerous cooking ideas presented  which students are encouraged to try.

Digital pictures you can send me of your progress is encouraged, or if a camera is unavailable for your use, you may alternatively type a description of procedures performed and your state your success and familiarity with lesson topics covered.


It is always dangerous working with hot ovens, stoves, knives, and kitchen equipment. You must know how to cook safely before attempting to do the lessons in this course.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe instruments, utensils, and preparation needing for baking cookies.
  • Know methods for selecting the best ingredients.
  • Know working with chocolate, nuts, glazes and frostings.
  • Describe ways to decorate your cookies.
  • Demonstrate creating sandwich cookies and cookie cakes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 6 Suggested Assignment Activity1
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 8 Assignment1
Lesson 9 Suggested Assignment - Almond Macarons1
Lesson 10 Assignment1
The Final Assignment1
Total Points:9

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