Monday, December 13, 2010

Piping Practice

Since the holidays are here, I wanted to make some cute Christmas cookies to celebrate. Plus, I can definitely use the season as a reason to practice piping. I’ve only made decorated sugar cookies a handful of times, but I think I get a tiny bit better each time I try them.


So naturally I made ice cream cones for Christmas.


Kidding. I kid. But I did use this ice cream cone cookie cutter to make something else.

I have a limited supply of Christmas cookie cutters, so I had to improvise, you see.

I like improvising.


Simply turn it upside down and it makes a great base shape for Santa.


Lots of Santas.


I used a recipe in the book, Cookie Craft to make these chocolate sugar cookies.

Click here and go to page 7 and 16 for the recipes.

P.S. – I love this book. It’s fantastic if you want to learn the ins and outs of cookie decorating.


So – I used the shape of the cookie cutter to draw several different Santa heads on a sheet of paper. Then I made a few facial variations to help me practice.

My kind of homework.


After the cookies cooled, I drew the faces on the cookies with an edible ink pen, hoping this would help me when I start piping.

I can trace. I’m a good tracer.


But not so good at piping. The drawings did help, but I have to tell you – this stage had me a little worried.

They don’t look so hot, huh?


I think it would be easier with larger shapes, though.

The cutter I used was about 3 inches tall. So the mustaches and such were really small.

Small for me anyway.


But I piped and flooded forward.


And thank goodness I kept going, With the help of some sprinkles and sugar crystals and an edible ink pen – they all turned out pretty cute.

I definitely think the different textures help pull off the look.


Some have cute rosy cheeks.


Some have big brows.


Some have curly locks.

And the fun part is …

… if you change the drawing on the inside of the ice cream cone shape and use different colors of royal icing…


You’ll end up with some of Santa’s little helpers.


So, don’t give up.

Pipe on. Practice makes good.


I’m still trying for perfect, but I think I need to make decorated cookies more than once or twice a year.


Guess I’ll just have to keep playing.

It is sweet fun.

And if you want to play, too… I can make up a downloadable template of different Santa faces… using basic shapes like ice cream cones, circles, or hearts as the base – so you can make your own … If you like.

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe said...

LOVE these little Santa & elf cookies. Must share with my facebook fans!

December 13, 2010 07:16 AM
Bev said...

Again, totally awesome! You have so much talent . . . Happy Holidays! !

December 13, 2010 07:19 AM
Debbi said...

I pipe only a couple of times each year…and you still blow me out of the water! Excellent cookies – anyone would welcome these on a cookie tray! Keep on pipin’….

December 13, 2010 07:21 AM
Ambar said...

Sorry scratch that, got it!!!LOL

December 13, 2010 07:21 AM
ChristineD said...

A template would be great. I would love to make these with my kids this year. Thanks for sharing.

December 13, 2010 07:32 AM
Kara@butterheartssugar said...

Oh my!! These are the cutest thing I have seen all day, all week even. The little curly bearded Santas make me want to hug them. Beautiful work.

December 13, 2010 07:41 AM
dixie Lee said...

How fun! Please do make the templates. I am a great copier, but I am a lousy artist.

December 13, 2010 07:47 AM
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...

why. are. you. so. amazing??
I would have never thought of this! Thanks so much, when I have a bit more time later I’m going to look at this in detail :).

December 13, 2010 07:50 AM
Bakingdom said...

Absolute perfection…you’re creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire me! Thanks!

December 13, 2010 07:53 AM
Susan said...


December 13, 2010 07:55 AM
EG said...

AAH, they’re SO cute! I think we’re going to skip the sugar cookies completely this year. I’ve read enough about the royal icing and flooding and all that that I know I won’t be able to keep it simple. I also know that I’ll be the only one decorating (that’s always what happens). So it’s Tollhouse (and a few other varieties) for us this year.

December 13, 2010 07:58 AM
Rosie @ Sweetapolita said...

Crazy adorable! Thanks so much for sharing!

December 13, 2010 08:08 AM
Peggy McCurry said...

Absolutely AMAZING!! Love them all and would love to have some sketches!! TFS!

December 13, 2010 08:13 AM
Jennifer said...

These are way to cute!

December 13, 2010 08:14 AM
Lori Martin said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You may have inspired me…now I have to put aside all my other work to sit and create. Any excuse not to do they other stuff.
Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year!!
Lori from Port Perry!!!

December 13, 2010 08:16 AM
LissaNY said...

Those are adorable! I have supplies to try piping some cookies this week. Seeing yours gives me some step-by-step help. I hope mine come out half as well!

December 13, 2010 08:16 AM
Christine said...

These are adorable and I’m sure that they’re really yummy to boot! I’ve always wanted to decorate cookie cutouts for so long but I don’t think I have the patience for it. I’d rather bake a dozen different types of cookies to give versus decorated cookies ;-p My decorating expertise comprises of different sugars…hehe.

December 13, 2010 08:19 AM
Kristin @ SweetChip Cookies said...

These are adorable! You are so creative! I just don’t have a steady enough hand for these kind of cookies.

December 13, 2010 08:20 AM
cote said...

WOW you’re GREAT
how did you get the idea? it’s really cool to use that cookie cutter and transfor it into santa! and not to mention that they MUST be delicious!
love your web and your recipes

December 13, 2010 08:31 AM
Anonymous said...

you are too good girl!
do you do all of this in your kitchen?

December 13, 2010 08:42 AM
Scarletta @ Scarletta Bakes said...

I think these look adorable.

I especially love the elves.

You can’t make them too perfect, or no one will want to mess them up by eating!! :)

December 13, 2010 08:43 AM
Trina said...

It is so nice to have you back! I missed your posts of ideas and cute treats!!! Thank you for this one! I may not be able to try this yet due to time and life constraints but I look forward to the day that I can!

December 13, 2010 08:44 AM
Brandi said...

These are so adorable! I think you underestimate yourself sometimes, Bakerella, these look perfect to me!! :) Keep up the great work — you are SO creative!

December 13, 2010 08:56 AM
Jennifer said...

My daughter and I are soooo going to make these this year. Now if I only had an ice cream cookie cutter……

December 13, 2010 08:58 AM
alissa apel said...

Those are so cute! I want to make some! I love them!

I make ice cream cones every year that have different flavored frosting on them. The frosting I use: Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and lemon.

I made some hearts this year, and turned them upside down to make reindeer. The antlers are mini pretzels dipped in almond bark. They have a red m&m for a nose.

December 13, 2010 09:14 AM
Lauren said...

absolutely darling!

December 13, 2010 09:16 AM
sona said...

a template would be great! these are super cute!

December 13, 2010 09:17 AM
Anne Marie said...

Oh wow! I didn’t even think about using an edible marker!! I’ll totally do that next time. My piping was totally off yesterday!

Love the idea of using an ice cream cone cutter for santa and elves. I’ll be stealing that idea ;)

December 13, 2010 09:17 AM
Heather said...

These are adorable! You are so very creative! Love that you used an ice cream cone cookie cutter to make cookies htat are so dang cute!

December 13, 2010 09:19 AM
Shauna said...

How cute are those?!?!??! I’m not talented enough to anything like this. My artistic skills are a little lacking, almost to non-existstant!

December 13, 2010 09:31 AM
Lori said...

These are so cute! I wish I were half as creative as you! A template would be great! I need all the help I can get! lol! Merry Christmas Bakerella!

December 13, 2010 09:34 AM
Ruth said...

I would love a template. You are so creative and have such great ideas. Thank you for sharing them and helping us, me, less creative people become creative.

December 13, 2010 09:39 AM
Melissa said...

I’m in shock over how cute these are!!! You never cease to amaze and impress! Congrats on all your recent success and Happy Holidays!!!

December 13, 2010 09:42 AM
Ernestina tina777 said...

Con un mismo molde que maravillas haces, como siempre gracias por todos los paso a paso, así seguro que el día que me decida ha hacer galletas decoradas, se que tengo que venir a tu página a seguir tus explicaciones.

un saludo

December 13, 2010 09:44 AM
Yvonne said...

I am inspired by you, once again! I would love to see your templates. You are so creative… use an ice cream cone for Santa and his elves????? That idea rocks! Thank you for so many ideas!!

December 13, 2010 09:50 AM
Ita said...

I click on the link but can’t find the recipe – what am I missing??

December 13, 2010 09:52 AM
Jodie Smith said...

These are amazing….I would love the template.


December 13, 2010 09:54 AM
Jessica H said...

I never would have thought to use the edible ink pens to outline the design. I think I can do that. I’ve never tried decorated cookies because my piping skills are limited. I might try this. Thank you!!

December 13, 2010 10:00 AM
Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

you make the most adorable little cookies! and after seeing these i think it’s quite obvious that I need the piping practice :)

December 13, 2010 10:05 AM
LittleMissEclectic said...

Wow, they look amazing! I really like the little elf.

December 13, 2010 10:20 AM
Claudia said...

I love them! you are so talented!

December 13, 2010 10:21 AM
cathy said...

Very cute and creative..

December 13, 2010 10:24 AM
Danielle said...

I love decorating sugar cookies, and I can’t wait to try out a chocolate version of the recipe!

Here’s my latest attempt at sugar cookies — can’t wait to do some Christmas ones!

Consumed: The Best Sugar Cookies (Ever)

December 13, 2010 10:36 AM
Erica said...

Those are super cute. I especially like the variations in the Santa faces. I’ve done some piping (on my website you can see my Looney Tunes cookies on the soccer-themed cake I did for a friend’s son) but you have mad creative skills! Also, people are going nuts for the cake pops here in Aurora (just north of Toronto). P.S. Sad to have missed the book signing :(

December 13, 2010 10:37 AM
Kelly said...

Love these!! They look so cute and yummy! Thanks for all the tips!

December 13, 2010 10:37 AM
jackie from Texas said...

i think i am in love with the elfs more than the santas! ty bakerella!

i recently used a christmas tree cutter for a little red riding hood girl. i made it with clay but have not finished it yet!

December 13, 2010 10:38 AM
Pamela Susan said...

These are AMAZING! I gotta find me an ice cream cone cutter!

December 13, 2010 10:39 AM
Joan Corson said...

Those elves……………
That’s the stinkin’ cutest thing I have ever seen on any blog by far! I just made 10 dozen cookies this weekend, wish I had seen these. Thansk for sharing.

December 13, 2010 10:47 AM
Jennifer @ Licious Food said...

I think you did a fabulous job and such an ingenious idea!

December 13, 2010 10:47 AM
Jeanette Allday said...

Yes! Please the template! I can’t draw!
These are adorable and thanks for sharing!

December 13, 2010 10:48 AM
Wendy Marquis said...

These are SO cute! Love them!!!

December 13, 2010 10:53 AM
Etta said...

They are so cute! And you are like always… extraordinary!!
Thank you!

December 13, 2010 10:59 AM
Magen said...

When I first started reading, I thought, I hope she does elves too, b/c that would make cute elves! And it DID make cute elves! :)

December 13, 2010 11:06 AM
Heidi said...

You are so talented! Everything is is so detailed and sweet! I love your ‘cupcake’ cookies from last year and hope to decorate cupcake bites with the same colors. Thanks again for all the fun ideas!

December 13, 2010 11:14 AM
Ana said...

Bakerella, like many others…you rock!!! And if these are practice ones I would hate to see the ones of perfection! Your diverse use of a cutter is awesome. I will be trying my had at cookies over the holiday for the first time. Wish me well! And before I forget, please include the templates and your recipe for your icing.

December 13, 2010 11:16 AM
Jajaira said...

I LOVED it!!! I wish i could decorate cookies so pretty i have no patience or skill when it comes to that specially the details being so tiny.
Please do post the templates! Thanks <3

December 13, 2010 11:21 AM
Kati said...

Love the santas and elves! I would have never guessed it was an upside down ice cream cone!

December 13, 2010 11:22 AM
Ivona@SugarsticksParties said...

Goodness, those turned out great! I can only wish my piping is as good as yours :)

December 13, 2010 11:24 AM
Louise said...

These are absolutely adorable. This is my first time commenting, but I’ve been a fan of you – and your work – for a while now. Thanks for sharing!

December 13, 2010 11:24 AM
Dacia said...

Those are some of the cutest sugar cookies I’ve seen!

December 13, 2010 11:34 AM
Brooke said...

Darling… Truly!

December 13, 2010 11:37 AM
Diana said...

So clever and so cute! I wish I could decorate like that!

December 13, 2010 11:40 AM
Andrea G said...

I second what Ambar wrote – I can’t find the recipe! When I click the link I get a Google Books review page of the book, but can’t quite figure out how to get to the pages you mentioned… sorry if I’m missing something simple, but I’d really like to try the chocolate sugar cookies. Please help.

December 13, 2010 11:47 AM
Sandy said...

SOOO creative! I love them! :)

December 13, 2010 11:50 AM
Sues said...

I’m such a bad/messy decorator. I only hope that one day I can create masterpieces as beautiful as yours :)

December 13, 2010 11:53 AM
Deanna said...

Oh my! I was inspired simply by the sweet Santas but the surprise of adorable elves just put things over the top! Super cute! :)

December 13, 2010 11:53 AM
Cindy said...

Love it! You are so talented!

December 13, 2010 12:07 PM
Amy said...

I think they look perfect!

December 13, 2010 12:15 PM
Lydia said...

These are adorable! I definitely don’t believe you only decorate cookies twice a year. I wish my first tries turned out that great! I’m pretty jealous. I want to try them! I hope I get a chance before the holidays are over!

December 13, 2010 12:21 PM
Becky said...

These look amazing! We’re our own worst critic, but you seriously did a great job : )

December 13, 2010 12:28 PM
tammy Ward said...

If you made up those templates, that would be awesome!

December 13, 2010 12:29 PM
Debi Boz said...

So adorable…. would love the template… hey do the cookies taste good too??

December 13, 2010 12:39 PM
Julie said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. These are utterly ADORABLE!!!!!

December 13, 2010 12:40 PM
Penny said...

Yes to the templates, please! These are so adorable! What great ideas!

December 13, 2010 12:54 PM
heather said...

ohmygoodness – if these are your “still needs work” versions, i’d fall off my chair seeing the “perfected” versions! these are ADORABLE!! i love all of santa’s expressions & the elves!

December 13, 2010 12:55 PM
Pernille said...

Oh they are SO pretty! :) Good job!
I’m going to make sugar cookies as well for Christmas.. once I have my arm out of cast *courses* but how do you store decroated cookies and for how long do they keep!? and yes, templates would be love!

December 13, 2010 01:02 PM
Ariel said...

Awesome re-use of that cookie cutter! Love these they’re SO adorable!!

December 13, 2010 01:10 PM
CakeStory said...

So cute! All your characters always look so perky and adorable. Your cookie shapes are so crisp – what recipe did you use? Mine always puff up and have trouble keeping their shapes :( It’s such a great idea to draw your outlines with edible ink pen. Here’s my attempt at Christmas sugar cookies:
And of course I know you know and met Marian of Sweetopia ( . She gives great tips and I love how she outlines and floods in one shot so there are no visible lines.

December 13, 2010 01:29 PM
Madonna said...

Wow! Those turned out fabulous! I love how one cookie can be decorated in so many ways.

December 13, 2010 01:35 PM
alicia said...

so cute! You are now a master at cookie decorating in my opinion!

December 13, 2010 01:36 PM
Marianne said...

Could you post the recipe for the icing you used? I would LOVE it!

December 13, 2010 01:52 PM
Hannah the Monkey said...

Wow, these look amazing.

I bought the book a month ago and I’m still fascinated by the pretty pictures.

December 13, 2010 01:52 PM
Anna {Sugarized} said...

Wow! This is amazing! You’re very creative..I especially love the Santa with thick brows. He’s so adorable! =)

December 13, 2010 02:02 PM
wenders said...

you. are. so. creative! My girls & I are looking at thosee ice cream turned santa turned elf cookies in amazement!

December 13, 2010 02:10 PM
Stephanie said...

Those are so stinkin’ cute! I love seeing your creativeness, its rubbing off on me! :) My husband and I tried making cake pops last night, failed a bit! LOL Practice will help I’m sure! Now I want to try making decorated cookies :D

December 13, 2010 02:10 PM
Christina said...

Yes, please make some templates to share with us. I’d like to get better at cookie decorating too. I think yours came out fantastic!

December 13, 2010 02:15 PM
Nicole* said...

these are so unbelievably cute! i’m so impressed that i re-posted some of the pics on my blog to show my friends how talented you are :D
merry Christmas!

December 13, 2010 02:19 PM
Kimberly said...

Oh my! Thanks a lot Bakerella! I just gained 5 pounds just drooling over these cute cookies! You are so talented! I fell in love with the elves. My 3 year old was looking over my shoulder and said, “yummy!” and then he licked the computer screen. You are that good!

December 13, 2010 02:33 PM
Christina Schmidt said...

These are amazing! You are incredible!! Super cute, I would love to receive a plate-full of these! :)

December 13, 2010 02:36 PM
Yuki said...

Those cookies are just adorable. What a great idea to use an edible ink pen to mark the piping lines. In all my 10 years of cookie decorating I never even thought of doing that. Duh! Thanks for all the helpful tips.

December 13, 2010 02:40 PM
Melissa G. said...

Adorable, I love them and I would love the templates!!!!

December 13, 2010 02:44 PM
Susie @newdaynewlesson said...

Those are fabulous. So very talented you are.

December 13, 2010 03:21 PM
Tricia said...

So my question is how do you get RED royal icing? Mine always comes out pink.

December 13, 2010 03:25 PM
Domestic goddesque said...

Inspired use of the ice-cream cookie cutter: these are amazing!

December 13, 2010 03:27 PM
Maria said...

How ridiculously fun/cute/sweet! Love them!

December 13, 2010 03:36 PM
Laura said...

Ah! The Santa’s helpers are ridiculously cute! I think your Santas came out pretty darn cute, too!

December 13, 2010 03:40 PM
Dawn said...

Angie, they’re adorable!! You did GREAT!!!! I love decorating cookies with royal icing, but wow, it takes time. :)

December 13, 2010 03:42 PM
Pammie said...

TOO CUTE!!! Where did you purchase your cookie cutter?

December 13, 2010 03:53 PM
MJ said...

these are the cutest!!

December 13, 2010 04:37 PM
Emily said...

you really have such vision and talent! It inspires an art challenged person like myself to give it a try!

December 13, 2010 04:52 PM
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