Zingerman's Baking and Cooking Classes in Ann Arbor

BAKE! is Zingerman's hands-on teaching bakery in Ann Arbor, MI, tucked between Zingerman's Bakehouse and Zingerman's Creamery.

We offer dozens of different bread, pastry, and cake hands-on baking classes and cooking classes both in our teaching kitchens and online for virtual classes. We also offer the ability to customize your experience with private classes, both in-person or virtual.

All of us at Zingerman's Bakehouse know the joy and excitement of baking something really good and sharing it with friends when it's hot out of the oven. Our baking and cooking classes will leave you with that same joy, the food you made, and the inspiration and skills to continue your baking journey.

Our in-person classes (except for family classes & kids camps) are designed for adults 17 & up. Virtual classes (except for virtual kids classes) are designed for adults as well, however, households are welcome to participate together, so kids can join in the fun, too.

We want to encourage a love of cooking and baking early, so we offer a variety of classes designed for kids. We offer virtual classes and multi-day camps for kids and teens, and more—head to the kids' classes and private classes pages for more information.

Upcoming BAKE! Classes

December

9

2020

Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies 2020

3:00 pm
To
7:00 pm EST

Our most popular class of the year! 

Join us virtually to get into the holiday spirit and make three festive, fancy cookies, worthy of your family cookie plate. We will share a fourth recipe and demonstrate how to successfully make it. It is guaranteed fun and is known to inspire new family traditions!

This year is a little different, since you will be making the cookies in your own homes. We've decided to make three cookies in the class rather than four because while baking dozens of cookies in home kitchens is fun, let's be real, it's also quite a project. We want you to be successful and to keep your kitchens somewhat intact. We want to stick with our tradition of sharing four recipes though, so we're demonstrating a fourth cookie that has great flavor and is comparatively easy to make. The class will be four hours, as it has been in prior years.

This is a great class to do with family members or a friend or two. Many hands make for light work and good memories.
 

The 2020 cookie lineup features tried and true holiday treats that are familiar, comforting, and beloved.

Linzer Cookies

A festive, cinnamon and almond sandwich cookie featuring a dollop of raspberry jam that peeks out of a hole, or “eye,” in their top layer. They’re essentially a petite version of the famous and time-honored Austrian dessert, the Linzertorte.

Mint Spritz

Spritz cookies are one of the most recognizable and universally known Christmas cookies. These simple butter cookies can be made in many pretty shapes, patterns, and flavors making them super flexible and appealing to many, which probably explains why they became so popular.

Baci di Dama

Baci di Dama, “Lady Kisses” in Italian, are cute little hazelnut sandwich cookies filled with dark chocolate that are said to resemble a woman’s pursed lips about to bestow a sweet kiss.

Pfeffernüsse

Festive spice cookies, dusted in powdered sugar, Pfeffernüsse are traditionally made with an abundant blend of aromatic spices—they feature anise and black pepper, which give them a really distinctive flavor, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

 

This special class has some special rules: 

  • If you cancel a Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie class with more than 7 days notice, you will receive a full refund or credit towards a future class. 
  • Class credits will expire if not used within 5 years from the date of cancellation. 
  • We're sorry, there will be no refunds or credits for Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookie classes canceled with less than 7 days notice or for missed classes. You are welcome to send someone in your place. 

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Virtual Class
$75.00
6 spots left

December

16

2020

Creative Cookies

12:00 pm
To
4:00 pm EST

This Class is being offered virtually. 

Unleash your creativity on cookies! Decorated cookies make great gifts, party favors, stocking stuffers, and holiday centerpieces. In this class, you'll learn to make our tasty sugar cookie dough and use a variety of decorating techniques. You'll make your own cookie dough and fresh fondant from scratch to take home. We'll show you how to decorate with fondant and royal icing, and then you'll get plenty of hands-on practice. We provide an assortment of cookie cutters, but you're welcome to bring your own (3- to 4-inch please).

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, fondant, and a dozen dazzling decorated cookies you created yourself.

What our guests have to say about this class:

Impressive bakes are a lot more accessible than people think and BAKE! can get us there! —Josh B.

Virtual Class
$75.00
3 spots left

January

3

2021

Better Bagels and Bialys

10:00 am
To
2:30 pm EST

At Zingerman’s Bakehouse we bake bagels as they were a long time ago - crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with big flavor, and a hole you can stick your finger through. Let us teach you to make a great bagel in your own home, in this online, interactive class via Zoom.

You’ll mix your dough from scratch, knead it by hand, shape it into rings, then boil and bake your bagels to get just the right texture. You’ll choose your seeds too. We’ll also show you traditional bialys, a crispy, chewy roll with a center of slow-roasted onions and poppy seeds. This class will give you a great go-to recipe. Who wouldn’t be impressed waking up to fresh-baked bagels? After all, better bagels could make for better weekends!

We can’t wait to (virtually!) bake with you! With your registration, you will receive the student guide, a grocery and equipment list, and any associated information for the class. You will also receive a link to the Zoom invite. This is your invitation into the class! Consider adding it to your Calendar. 

We encourage you to look through the recipes at this time and the list of ingredients and equipment you will need to have handy in order to plan your trip to the store and have your class run smoothly. 

Day of Class

  • We ask that you have your ingredients out and ready to scale before class. We can all scale together, just make sure to have ingredients accessible. 

  • While not required by BAKE! Law, we highly, highly, highly recommend that you use a scale to ensure the best results and accuracy when baking. 

  • On the day of your class, gather your ingredients, and make yourself comfortable. Expect to see your instructor ready to invite you in 5-10 minutes before class starts. We will do (with some tweaking!) carry on our class as we do our in-person public classes...but this time, you’ll bring your own apron! 

General Thoughts

We understand and expect that we will all work at different speeds, and ask that you be courteous of this in our classes. We have limited our class size to 12 (households, that is, we know there may be more than one of you participating in each home) to ensure that everyone gets the attention and help that they need. 

Since this is a new format for us, we’re learning as we go along! Any feedback or suggestions you have can be sent to [email protected] 

Virtual Class
$75.00
4 spots left

January

3

2021

Dinner Series: Italian 2.0

2:00 pm
To
6:00 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

Who doesn’t love pasta night?! In this hands-on class, you’ll cook egg fettuccine with creamy, cheesy alfredo sauce from scratch. Then bake grissini (crispy breadsticks) to go alongside it. Something sweet to round it out? We’ll bake up some crispy chocolate biscotti to enjoy with your after-dinner coffee. Go home with dinner for four!

You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, and dinner for four.

What our guests have to say about this class:

All the food is fabulous and the instructors were so helpful. — Nick P.

Can't wait to try everything I learned at home. —Heidi S.

Making homemade pasta was a lot easier than I ever imagined. —Tina W.

Virtual Class
$75.00
7 spots left

January

6

2021

Amber Waves of Grain: American Breads

4:00 pm
To
9:00 pm EST

This class is being offered virtually. 

For most people, the phrase “American bread” conjures some unfortunate stereotypes: most are bland, wheat bread is dry, and biscuits are just not flaky. In this class, you’ll taste just how good American breads can be. You’ll learn to make flavorful Michigan Wheat bread, buttery biscuits, and our classic Bakehouse White burger buns. Get plenty of hands-on practice at mixing, kneading, and shaping too. Once you’ve taken this class, you’ll never have to settle for stereotypes again!

What's Different When You Take This Class Virtually:
You have the option of making the burger buns or a loaf; we will talk about this in class. 
Virtual Class
$75.00
14 spots left