With all of the measuring, mixing and batter-licking off those tiny fingers, what’s not to love about baking during the holidays? The following classes cater to pint-sized pastry chefs, serving up cookie, pie and spice cake know-how for wee ones ages 4 and up. And, as a bonus, most are drop-offs so you can get some shopping done while they have fun. Once you find the perfect one, be sure to sign up quick because, like a tray full of sugar cookies, spots in these classes go fast. Read on to get the scoop.

Christmas cookiesphoto: Christmas cookies by jill111 via pixabay

Kids Central Kitchen
Kids Central Kitchen in Bethany Village is offering Open Baking Classes during the month of December. Each class be taken individually or as a stomach-pleasing series and is perfect for budding pastry chefs 6-12 years-old. A $35 fee includes a paper chef’s hat, a decorated box to take goodies home in and a snack to enjoy while patiently (or not-so patiently) waiting for the treats to come out of the oven. Christmas/Winter-themed December classes include stained glass cookies, gingerbread kids and winter snowman spice cake. Signing up online is easy and saves precious time around the hectic holidays. And, as a bonus? These 2 hour drop-off classes will give mom and/or dad some precious time to do holiday shopping at nearby Streets of Tanasbourne.

Bliss Bake Shop
4708 NW Bethany Blvd.
Online: kidscentralkitchen.com

For kitchen-loving kids: The Merry Kitchenphoto: The Merry Kitchen via Facebook

The Merry Kitchen
Decorating gingerbread houses is so much fun… when it happens in someone else’s kitchen (How does that icing get everywhere?). Teacher Julie Merry has a way with kids and, even if your gingerbread architects are okay with being dropped off, you’re welcome to stay and help if you’d prefer. Julie works out of her cute, cozy, colorful home and keeps class sizes small. $25 covers materials and kids will bring their magnificent masterpieces home. Ages 4-10 years.

5202 NE 72nd Ave.
Online: themerrykitchen.com

stand mixerphoto: Parker Knight via flickr

Sur La Table
What if you could get some quality time in with your family and learn how to knock out a few homemade gifts at the same time? Sur La Table offers a Family Fun: Homemade Holiday Gifts class open to anyone 6 & up. Kids must be accompanied by a parent, so you’ll have plenty of tastes to share while you learn how to make chocolate peppermint bark, hot chocolate mix and toffee popcorn balls together. Yum. Each participant pays $45 for about two hours of instruction. When you’re in the neighborhood, don’t forget to drop by Powell’s Books to pick up a classic or two.

1102 NW Couch St.
Online: surlatable.com

kids and teacherphoto: Turnip the Heat via Yelp

Turnip the Heat
Kids and adults alike are invited for warm cider, popcorn and a cooking lesson at this Thanksgiving Pie and Wreath-Making workshop on Nov. 24-25. Parents can come and observe for free if they like; a $45 ticket is required for everyone who plans to bring home a pie. Class is from 3:30-5:45 p.m., and you’ll probably work up an appetite. Classes are held smack-dab between the popular Fremont and Alberta restaurant strips. You’ll be just within a few minutes’ drive  from Vita Cafe (3023 NE Alberta St.), Batter, Griddle and Drinkery (3445 NE Fremont St.), and Fire on the Mountain (3443 NE 57th Ave.).

Bethany Lutheran Church
4330 NE 37th Ave.
Online: turniptheheatcooking.com

Does your family have warm memories of hot ovens and holiday baking adventures? Tell us about it in the comments!

—Kelley Gardiner