A Baking & Writing Workshop

During this two-hour live workshop, you will begin by baking Sarah's favorite recipe for salted dark chocolate chips (included as a download). You will learn some helpful tips on baking, including things you may see in recipes all the time without an explanation, such as why we use room temperature ingredients. Sarah also shares thoughts and suggestions on baking mindfully, finding more presence and relaxation in the process.

You will collectively read two writings, an essay and a poem, on the theme of comfort, to get warmed up and inspired. 

After that, you'll sit for a guided meditation to help bring you into a place of comfort (which happens to time perfectly with the cookies baking in the oven!), before putting pen to paper with suggested writing exercises to explore this theme more deeply – including a simple technique for writing poetry.

This workshop has been offered at a reduced rate for Covid-19 but please let us know if you need more support by emailing  hello@salthousenyc.com as we want this to be accessible and possible for everyone. A portion of live workshop proceeds were donated to the COVID-19 Community Fund for New York City.

*This is a video recording of a live 2-hour workshop on Zoom.

What You'll Need

For the cookies:

  • ½ pound unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-½ cups packed brown sugar (preferably dark, but either works)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-¾ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1-½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 bag dark or bittersweet chocolate chips 
  • 1 bar good milk chocolate (optional)
  • Flaky sea salt (optional)

For writing:

  • Journal or paper
  • Writing utensil


Sarah Ashley Spiegel

Founder, Salt House

Sarah Ashley Spiegel

Sarah Ashley is the founder of Salt House, a lifestyle brand offering content and products around all things creativity and mindfulness. Sarah is currently writing her first book, a memoir that shares her personal journey of healing and self-discovery. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Jared, and their much-loved Scottish fold cat, Neptune.