Become a Star Baker with Help from JCPL

Does the thought of baking holiday pies and cookies make you want to cry?


Don’t worry! With the library’s help, you’ll be star baker this holiday season. 


Learn to Bake with Universal Class

Universal ClassUniversal Class logo offers over 500 online courses for patrons interested in the lifelong pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. You can even earn continuing education units (CEUs) for taking the classes. 

In order to earn a CEU certificate, you must complete lesson assignments and exams and receive a 70% or higher overall grade. However, some classes, such as the baking classes below, allow you to video audit the course without worrying about passing quizzes or completing lessons in a particular order. Whether you want to earn CEUs or just watch video lessons for fun, both options are completely free with your library card. Create an account to get started. 

How to Bake Cookies

Baking cookies

In this course, you’ll learn how to recapture the spirit of the perfect cookie, how to make them from scratch, and how to share them with family and friends for years to come. You’ll learn how to pick the right utensils for the task, how to choose your ingredients, how to ensure the desired outcome, and how to perfect a few little twists on classic favorites.

Pie Baking 101

Hands crimping pie dough

Treat family and friends to a precious childhood memory by serving a mouth watering just-out-of-the-oven baked homemade pie. 

The step-by-step instructions presented in this course are easy to follow and understand. You’ll learn pie crust methods as well as easy and delicious pie recipes, including main dish pies, holiday pies, fruit pies, and more. 

Cake Decorating 101

A decorated cake.

Whether you’re looking to start a cake decorating business or just make cakes for family and friends, Cake Decorating 101 will teach you all you need to know to turn out professionally decorated cakes. You’ll develop techniques practiced by professional cake decorators, such as applying buttercream icing, making roses, leveling cakes, pouring ganache and mastering a piping bag.

For Even More Great Resources

You’ll discover even more cooking and baking resources at Lunch and Learn later this month. It’s the final Lunch and Learn of the year, so don’t miss it!

Lunch and Learn: Apps and Websites for Holiday Cooking and BakingLunch and Learn logo
Thursday, November 16
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Please register.

Get ready for holiday cooking and baking with help from the best apps and online resources. We’ll explore recipe discovery apps and websites; online cooking and baking classes; meal planners; cookbooks, and more. Whether you’re a kitchen pro or a novice, create fabulous meals this season!