pcc kids cook

From age two to teens, it’s always the right time to welcome kids into the kitchen! Hands-on classes offer opportunities for learning new skills and trying new foods. 

Instructor: Lizzie Diehl, M.S., C.N.

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 2 to 3, with one adult.

In this class, we'll count the ways to have fun with food — and eat the tasty results! Little ones will practice counting while they make their own healthy snacks with fresh fruits, veggies and more.

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  • Three-layer Cracker Stackers
  • Four-wheel Veggie Cars
  • Five-fruit Salad

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: PCC Cooks Staff

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 2 to 3, with one adult.

The only way your little ones could love holiday cookies more is by making them from scratch! Work alongside your child to roll, cut, bake and decorate two different seasonal favorites: classic gingerbread and sweet jam thumbprints. Then have fun making your own batches at home to share with everyone on your list.

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  • Gingerbread People
  • Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: PCC Cooks Staff

Kids

Ages 4 to 6, with one adult.

Start your kids down a path of culinary creativity — spooky style! In this class, students will learn to use small kitchen tools, practice safe cutting skills and have fun exploring different ways to combine a variety of healthy ingredients into scrumptious Halloween memories.

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  • Creepy Carrot Fries
  • Mummified Garlic Bread
  • Zombie Eyeballs (Meatballs)
  • Anti-Vampire Roasted Garlic Hummus and Veggies

Dietary notes: With meat and dairy; no eggs.

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Instructor: Lee Baker

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 4 to 6, with one adult.

Start a scratch-made Halloween tradition — these seasonally inspired treats are spooky only in appearance! While creating their own snacks inspired by the popular children's book, "Room on the Broom," kids will learn proper chopping, measuring and mixing, as well as soft skills like listening to directions and working as a team in the kitchen.

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  • Witch's Cauldron Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili
  • Witch's Face Guacamole with Blue Corn Chips
  • Witch's Broomstick (String Cheese and Pretzels)
  • Witch's Magic Wand (Chocolate-dipped Pretzel with Sprinkles)

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lizzie Diehl, M.S., C.N.

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 4 to 6, with one adult.

The holidays are a wonderful time to get creative in the kitchen! Young bakers will learn to make two holiday treats that are a step beyond your common cookie. With help from their adult guest, kids will learn to mix, roll, shape and bake their own sweets, and make cozy spiced cider from scratch.

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  • Joulutorttu (Finnish Christmas Star Cookies)
  • Chocolate-drizzled Macaroon Snowmen
  • Spiced Apple Cider

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lisa Crawford

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 7 to 9, kids only.

It's time to fill up the cookie jar! Your child will learn the basic techniques for putting together classic cookies — from measuring and creaming to rolling out dough and getting the perfect bake. By the end of class, they'll be able to take these tips and tricks to create custom cookies at home with you.

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  • Oatmeal Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Samantha Brumfield

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 7 to 9, kids only.

There are holiday cookies, and then there are holiday cookies from scratch. In this class, kids will get creative in the kitchen using colored sugar, natural dyes and other decorations to make memorable holiday cookies they'll be eager to share with loved ones. They'll learn the basics of cookie baking and have fun while they're at it, forming their treats into artistic and seasonal shapes.

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  • Sugar Cookies
  • Gingerbread Cookies
  • Chocolate Butter Cookies

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lee Baker

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 7 to 9, kids only.

Start your kids down the path of kitchen independence! In this class, students will get valuable hands-on experience with basic kitchen skills like chopping, measuring, cooking on a stovetop and keeping a clean workspace. Not to mention culinary creativity! Kids will learn about different apple varieties, how to prep and cook with each, and what caramel apple topping combinations are the yummiest.

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  • Caramel-dipped Apples
  • Caramel Apple Toppings (including crushed pretzels, chocolate drizzle, chocolate-coated candies)
  • Caramel Applesauce
  • Apple Rings with Date-Caramel Dipping Sauce

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructors: Lee Baker Cam Zarcone

Kids

Ages 8 to 12, kids only.

During each day of this four-day cooking camp, kids will learn about the traditional holiday cuisine of a different country: Mexico, United States, Japan and China. Students will practice preparing the foods themselves, learning proper knife use, measuring and mixing, as well as different methods of cooking and baking in this hands-on history lesson.

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  • Day One: Roasted Vegetable and Cheese Tamales with Mexican Christmas Salad
  • Day Two: Hoppin' John with Collard Greens and Cornbread
  • Day Three: Soba Noodles with Chicken and Egg; Mochi Puffs
  • Day Four: Chinese Dumplings with Pork and Cabbage; Soy Dipping Sauce

Dietary Notes: With meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Cam Zarcone

Kids

Ages 8 to 12, kids only.

It's never too early to discover your inner chef. In this after-school series, kids will embark on a culinary journey across Europe, learning about cultural cuisines and how to make them from scratch. They'll come away with all-new confidence in the kitchen and a world of flavorful inspiration.

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  • Day One: France — Ham and Leek Quiche, Mixed Greens with French Vinaigrette and Dessert Crêpes
  • Day Two: Sweden — Swedish Meatballs, Crunchy Apple and Vegetable Slaw and Mini Swedish Chocolate Cakes
  • Day Three: Spain — Chicken Paella, Baked Churros and Hot Chocolate

Dietary Notes: With meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Birgitte Antonsen, N.T.P.

Gluten-Free, Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 8 to 12, with one adult.

Holiday baking creates lifelong memories. In this class, young bakers will get hands-on experience crafting gluten-free goodies using the stovetop, food processor and oven. They’ll learn how to caramelize sugar, make dough and more to put together a satisfying, allergy-friendly, holiday dessert spread.

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  • Apple Upside-down Pie
  • Chocolate-dipped Coconut Macaroons
  • No-bake Truffles with Dried Fruit and Coconut

Dietary Notes:Vegetarian; no dairy, eggs or gluten. PCC classrooms are not gluten-free facilities.

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Instructor: Cam Zarcone

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 10 to 12, kids only.

We're taking the scary out of scratch-made! This class is for preteens who want to learn baking basics while practicing culinary creativity. Students will create two different festive cookies, then learn to make caramel from scratch for a super seasonal treat — homemade caramel apples.

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  • Spiderweb Cookies with Chocolate Spiders
  • Glowing Jack-o'-lantern Sugar Cookies
  • Homemade Caramel Apples

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lisa Crawford

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 10 to 15, kids only.

Holiday creativity meets culinary basics in this kids' class that's all about gingerbread. Students will mix and roll their own gingerbread dough, bake and build their own custom houses with scratch-made icing, and decorate with assorted sweet and salty edible ingredients. It's perfect for young chefs and architects alike!

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  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Royal Icing
  • Assorted edible decorations (including yogurt pretzels, jelly candies, chocolate chips, colored sugars, and candy canes)

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lee Baker

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 10 to 15, with one adult.

Yule log cakes (Bûche de Noël) are a beloved holiday tradition in France. Kids can cozy up to new baking skills in this festive class, where each pair — one student and one adult — will learn to prepare their own cake to take home! Come away with new baking skills you'll find plenty of use for throughout the year, like making and shaping sponge cake, mixing perfect pastry cream, creating whipped cream from scratch and crafting a simple yet versatile buttercream.

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  • Hot Milk Sponge Cake (Genoise)
  • Chocolate Pastry Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Buttercream
  • White Chocolate Decorations and Meringue Mushrooms

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Lee Baker

Gluten-Free, Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 12 to 16, kids only.

Making macarons is easier than it seems — and it's super fun! Kids will learn baking basics, including weighing and measuring ingredients, separating eggs and crafting two different meringue cookie bases: hazelnut and almond. Students will get hands-on practice making their own sweets: a "Nutella" flavored chocolate-hazelnut macaron and a peppermint patty macaron.

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  • Hazelnut Macarons with Chocolate Ganache
  • Peppermint Patty Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs or gluten. Contains nuts.

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Instructor: Lee Baker

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 13 to 16, kids only.

Let your teens discover their inner chef! With Lee's guidance, teens can live out their culinary dreams as they take control of the kitchen. They'll chop, roll, boil and bake up a multicourse meal using the summer's bounty, transform the kitchen with table settings, and serve up their creations for one lucky adult guest who will join them for an end-of-class feast.

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  • Romaine and Apple Salad with Shallot-Thyme Vinaigrette
  • Fresh Pasta Roulade with Ricotta, Fontina and Spinach served with Tomato Basil Coulis
  • Plum Cobbler with Chantilly Cream

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Laurie Pfalzer

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 13 to 16, kids only.

Laurie will show your teens that baking can be a piece of cake — cheesecake that is! They'll learn the need-to-know steps to crafting decadent individual cheesecakes, from mixing to baking, and top it all off with peak-season picks.

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  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Seasonal Berries
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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Instructor: Cam Zarcone

Kids, Vegetarian

Ages 12 to 16, kids only.

Whether your kid is a pie person or a cake enthusiast, holiday desserts always taste better from scratch. Get your kids excited about what can be created in the kitchen — in this class, they'll learn to make savory breadsticks, a seasonal pie and cozy pumpkin muffins all on their own. Students also will learn a robust collection of baking techniques like forming breadsticks, perfecting pie crusts and baking muffins.

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  • Grissini Breadsticks with Mix-and-Match Toppings
  • Cranberry-Blueberry Pie
  • Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Dietary Notes: Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.

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