Cooking with your children during the holidays can build important family bonds. The kitchen becomes a sacred place where you teach them about health and nutrition, build their confidence through praise and compliments, encourage generosity through sharing food, and revel in the rewards of creation. The D.C. area has several holiday-themed cooking classes to help you and your kids learn new recipes, perfect your decorating techniques, and maximize your time in the kitchen together.

Photo: Cookology

Baked Hack of Holiday Goodies
Cookology will transform your family into a team of culinary wizards as you learn to make the kind of holiday goodies only found in fancy bakeries. Chef Jenna Dawson will show you the secrets of cranberry bliss bars, sugar cookie snowmen, and peppermint mocha treats.

Date: Nov. 26
Time: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: $65 

21100 Dulles Town Cir. (Sterling, Va)

Family Gingerbread Decorating
Let Cookology deal with the stress and the mess while you and the kids learn to build and decorate the ultimate take-home gingerbread house to take home.

Date: Dec. 10
Time: 12 p.m.-2 p.m. or 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: $55 

21100 Dulles Town Circle (Sterling, Va)

Parent/Teen Holiday Cookie Swap
Looking for a way to bond with your teen over the holidays? At L’Academie you can learn how to create some Instagram worthy cookies to share with friends and family. On the menu are perfect sugar cookies, cranberry pistachio shortbread, and peppermint chocolate cookies.

Date: Dec. 2
Time: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $165

L’Academie de Cuisine
5021 Wilson Ln. (Bethesda, Md)

Holiday Kids Cooking
Talk about a win/win. At D.C.’s Anthony Bowen YMCA branch, you can squeeze in a workout while your kids learn a few holiday cooking techniques. It’s part of the YMCA’s healthy lifestyle program which features a variety of cooking classes for kids and adults.

YMCA Anthony Bowen Branch
1325 W St. NW (U Street)

Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-12
Cost: $60

Jr Chef Winter Wonderland Cupcake Workshop
Sign your tweens and teens up for a lesson in creating festive cupcakes and frostings. You’ll learn how to take delicious treats to the next level with enhanced decorating techniques. On the menu are gingerbread cupcakes with salted caramel buttercream, chocolate cupcakes with peppermint sprinkles and Santa’s red velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.

Date: Dec. 19
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $65
Ages: 9 and up

Culinaria Cooking School
110 Pleasant St. NW (Vienna, Va)

What is your favorite holiday recipe? Tell us in the comments. 

-Jamy Bond