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CHRISTMAS COOKIE BAKE-OFF

Instructor: Judy Bunde
Dates: November 30-December 1 /December 7-8
Enrollment: Limited to 8
Cost: $265/person, double occupancy; $310/person, single occupancy

When is the last time you baked cookies all day for Christmas? This year we are offering 2 Christmas Cookie weekends in December (and 1 weekend devoted to gingerbread houses). You will take home pounds of fancy cookies for your Christmas entertaining and giving! Your innkeeper, Judy Bunde, who operated a wholesale dessert business in the Boston area for 20 years, will lead the way and prep the doughs. You'll make the same cookies that she supplied to Whole Foods Markets and more!

We will make:

-Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
-Authentic Raspbery Linzer Cookies
-Mexican Wedding Cakes
-Orange Shortbread
-Roll-out gingerbread and sugar cookies
-Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread
-Brown Sugar Maple Walnut
-Frosted Sour Cream Chocolate Drops
-and more!

You arrive on Friday evening and after breakfast on Saturday we go to work! We’ll do roll-out sugar and gingerbread cookies first; then we’ll form the others and bake everything off. Along the way there will be a lunch break to give me and the 3 ovens time to catch up with your production!

The kitchen is equipped with 3 wall ovens, a 4'x8' island work area, and a commercial 20qt. mixer. It can accommodate the whole group easily. Cookies will be racked after baking and then you will pack them to carry home. Each person will get at least 7-8 pounds of cookies; at 30-35 cookies per pound, that's between 250-300. Need I tell you that retail for cookies such as these averages $10-13/pound?

The weekend includes:

-Late light supper Friday evening when you arrive along with dessert and coffee
-Friday and Saturday nights' lodging in spacious rooms with private bath
-Full country breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday
-Sit-down Saturday night dinner with appetizer, salad, main course, and dessert (alcohol is BYO)
-Saturday afternoon cooking session and all materials; the class recipes
-Time to explore Brandon's shops and galleries