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.

retro sweets said...

you call this practice???? They’re already perfect and I can’t imagine what they would be when you “perfected” piping. Wow, absolutely amazing. And please can you post the recipe? I really would want them on my Christmas dinner table. Cute!

December 13, 2010 05:17 PM
Nicole Lindsey said...

Those are totally amazing and so cute! My kids would love those but I am not sure I could do them as cute. Great Job!!!

December 13, 2010 05:19 PM
DeerPrudence said...

Absolutely, definitely, really cool!!!

December 13, 2010 05:22 PM
Freda said...

The santas are cute, but the elves are ADORABLE! I LUV them!

December 13, 2010 06:00 PM
Patty said...

you are so creative! i love cut out cookies but i always get so tired when i comes to piping.

December 13, 2010 06:23 PM
Kiran said...

You must be kidding, these are perfect! So perfect I could never eat it :)

December 13, 2010 06:23 PM
Leah said...

Wow. Quite impressive. One thing- how did you pipe it. With a piping bag or a bottle?

December 13, 2010 07:03 PM
Joy said...

You did a fantastic job on these! They are adorable. Piping is hard for me too, and I think you did a pretty great job. :) Yay for multipurpose cookie cutters!

December 13, 2010 07:06 PM
Tamara said...

Those look pretty darned perfect to me! Your creativity always amazes me!!

December 13, 2010 07:16 PM
Carrie Funk said...

So, how do you go from piping to smooth icing?? I want to know what icing you are using! You have PERFECTION in my opinion!!! You can come do my cookies!! Please! I love to repurpose cutters and make different things, but these are wonderful!

Happy Holidays!

December 13, 2010 07:22 PM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

You are too creative! What a clever way to re-invent the ice cream cone cookie cutter. I thought Santa was cute and then when you show the elves too…that is just over the top!

December 13, 2010 07:35 PM
abbie said...

the one elf with the reallyyyy swoopy bangs looks like the girl elf from prep and landing. :D

December 13, 2010 07:35 PM
Rachel W said...

That shape would make cute Gnome cookies!

December 13, 2010 07:38 PM
Stephanie S said...

Those are super cute! You have amazing artistic talents to be able to sketch like that…my sketching looks like I never made it past 5th grade :P

December 13, 2010 08:06 PM
darlingbeatrice said...

I have that ice cream cone cutter! Thank-you for coming up with another use! These are so cute!

December 13, 2010 08:06 PM
Cecilia said...

Please please please do … love love love what you’ve done here …

December 13, 2010 08:13 PM
Raelynn said...

These cookies are so cute, I especially love Santa’s helpers! I love Cookie Crafts, such a great book!

December 13, 2010 08:55 PM
Susan said...

The elves are so very cute. Don’t know where you come up with all those different interpretations for faces but you do–and its so inspirational. Now I want to try so a template would be sweet.

December 13, 2010 09:23 PM
kath said...

so cute! I bought cookie craft last year, after seeing it on your blog. I am dying to get into making my own. I’ve already mixed the dough for a few recipes, but I need to wait until all my house-work is done before I can dig in. Love your ideas too! Those elves are so cute!!!

December 13, 2010 09:23 PM
Bec said...

These are so cute and would really work for Mr. Bingle cookies, considering his hat is an ice cream cone!

December 13, 2010 09:32 PM
Kim said...

Yes please on the templates”

December 13, 2010 09:41 PM
hannah said...

yes, I do like!!!
I have an icecream cookie cutter, its funny what you see when your take a different angle, nice one! would love to see a downloadable template :)

December 13, 2010 09:59 PM
Jen said...

Please show us your templates. These are the most adorable cookies ever!

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

Hey. I think you could come to Brasil (Rio de Janeiro) to promote your wonderful book, which is already selling at the best bookstores. Your work is amazing. I love this kind a light pink lol. Well, congratulations!

Xoxo Paula.

December 13, 2010 10:03 PM
Rooh said...

Very cute! I’ve used cookie cutters for different things before too, and it’s fun to be creative about it.

I need to try piping Royal Icing though. It has me MEGA nervous!

Thanks for all your inspiration :)

December 13, 2010 10:08 PM
Stephanie said...

I would love a template for faces!

December 13, 2010 10:25 PM
Deanna Bai said...

I LOVE your inginuity (did I spell that right?) I am always looking for different ways to use my cutters!!! If you don’t like your piping lines try using a tip 2 instead of 3 for your piping lines. I do cookie pop bouquets all the time and once I went down just that size, I instantly liked my lines better! Superb!!

December 13, 2010 10:37 PM
Kay said...

Yes, I, too, would like the template… very much. The cookies were too cute. I’d love to try and make them. And maybe get my 4 yr old niece to put the sprinkles. She loves “helping” me make baked goodies. She would definitely enjoy doing this.

December 13, 2010 10:41 PM
Ashley E said...

You are so creative. You inspire me so much!

December 13, 2010 10:43 PM
Joy said...

oH wow. I need to practice my pipping too. Your cookies look wonderful.

December 13, 2010 10:44 PM
Amanda said...

Oh my gosh! Those are so adorable!!! I wish I was brave enough to try those. Actually I wish I could find an edible ink pen that actually works

December 13, 2010 11:03 PM
Megan said...

Can I have some of your creative energy? k, thanks.

December 13, 2010 11:04 PM
Kiki said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! just yay :)

December 13, 2010 11:46 PM
Amber said...

Yes, please! I would LOVE a downloadable template to use! These cookies turned out fantastically and I would love to copy your idea for some cookies I am making with my two sisters and mom for the holidays.

December 14, 2010 12:19 AM
Anne said...

Love love love all the designs, so clever.

December 14, 2010 12:51 AM
Mary Lou said...

You are incredible…thank you so much for all your inspiration!

December 14, 2010 01:42 AM
Linno said...

This is just the inspiration I need to get some use out of my barely used icing set.

December 14, 2010 03:16 AM
Theresa said...

These are awesome! I made piped sugar cookies for the first time this week–they weren’t as cute as yours but easier than I expected! My adventures with cookies are at

December 14, 2010 06:08 AM
buttercream said...

very clever, as usual. I am in the baking/decorating kind of mood today myself and I think I have a ice cream cookie cutter…YEAH!!

December 14, 2010 06:16 AM
Leanna said...

Been doing the same thing and definately practice is the key. But even less than perfect piping makes a cute cookie. Yours are adorable.

December 14, 2010 06:29 AM
Lina said...

Hi Bakerella!

I was trying to find your email but couldn’t find it! I really hope you will read this comment and help me!

I live in Vietnam, and follow your blog for over a year now! >>totally in love!

End january is my son 1st birthday! I would love to make cakepop as favors for guests. But have no idea how to decorate them! my theme is safari with cute animals!
Can you help me with some inspirations??

Thank you soo much!

December 14, 2010 07:08 AM
nancy k. said...

The little Santies are sooooo cute. I am not sure I have the patience to pipe; I love the way piped cookies look but they seem so time intensive. Anyway, I am happy you are back baking. I loved reading about your travels and am happy about your blog/book success but love your baking posts too.Thanks!

December 14, 2010 07:41 AM
Lynn said...

Oh, my goodness I am so going to have to do this now! Dang it Miss Bakerella you always add something to my to do list!!!

December 14, 2010 07:46 AM
Samantha said...

I love this idea! The Santas are so cute!

December 14, 2010 08:24 AM
Michelle Church said...

This is so clever! As soon as I saw the cutter upside down, I saw an elf for sure!! It would make a great gnome from that travel website too! I also love the tip of using the edible markers to draw on the cookies before starting to pipe. LOVE IT! Thanks for all of the tips and awesome ideas.

December 14, 2010 09:06 AM
pattycake said...

Stop being so hard on yourself! The cookies (and the piping) are fantastic!

December 14, 2010 09:15 AM
Danniza said...

Your cookies look awsome! I think it is a great idea to use an upside down ice cream cookie cutter. My son has been asking me if I have a Santa cookie cutter to make cookies; I think we will make some cookies over the Christmas break.

December 14, 2010 09:34 AM
Window On The Prairie said...

You have way more patience than I do, and an obvious talent. Beautiful cookies. Thanks for sharing.

December 14, 2010 10:44 AM
Michelle said...

It’s SO unfair to don’t live in the USA.

December 14, 2010 11:00 AM
Marissa said...

Still trying for perfect? They look amazing! I am absolutely making elf cookies soon. Too cute.

December 14, 2010 11:15 AM
Natalia - a side of simple said...

These are priceless! ps. the best part about piping “practice?” …destroying (eating) the evidence of disasters…

December 14, 2010 11:37 AM
Rosie D. said...

Oh my goodness! You are so clever! Yes, please give us a template….yes! I would love to start a tradition with my daughter to make sugar cookies and decorate them for Christmas. She just turned 10 months so next Christmas will be perfect to start. Until then, I’ll just practice when I’m not chasing a crawling baby all over the place. :)

December 14, 2010 12:00 PM
Ambar said...

I was wondering if you could share your royal icing recipe…Thank you!!!!!!

December 14, 2010 12:09 PM
April said...

can you tell me if there is a blog out there with icing instructions/tutorials/step by step pics?!
i would LOVE to learn this!!!

December 14, 2010 12:14 PM
Joanna said...

that was amazing! :D

December 14, 2010 12:25 PM
Becky at MyKidsMake said...

oh my goodness. those are perfect and adorable!

December 14, 2010 12:30 PM
Mary M said...

These are so adorable!

December 14, 2010 12:54 PM
DorisH said...

Yes, please! I’d definately like a template! This are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

December 14, 2010 01:03 PM
Janelle King said...

I would love the template please!

December 14, 2010 01:18 PM
Angela Willis said...

I LOVE these!
Not just because they are so cute, but because you made that cookie cutter work for its money and multi-task! : )

Hope your Holidays are Happy ones!

December 14, 2010 01:28 PM
Lo said...

SO cute and SO creative! Love them! I think your piping and flooding turned out perfect!… What kind of icing did you use?

December 14, 2010 01:56 PM
Vanessa said...

OMG, you are amazing, Your creativity is incredible, I love them.

December 14, 2010 02:19 PM
Tamires said...

OH MY GOD! I’m from Brazil and I am so excited with your website… it’s amazing!

Now you have one more fan.. congratulations!!!

December 14, 2010 02:28 PM
Niteowl Nancy said...

Yes, please give us the Santa templates! Also, will you tell us what you used for the accessories (i.e., rosy cheeks, etc.) and textures? Soooo cute! Wish I had even a fraction of your talent & creativity!!

December 14, 2010 02:31 PM
Deborah Bolig said...

These are really good! I tried (miserably) to decorate cookies ala piping too this weekend. Boy they weren’t pretty. I can’t get the consistency right. Oh well, they’re still edible!!

December 14, 2010 02:46 PM
sandy said...

Now I’m drooling! YUM they are so cute!

December 14, 2010 03:15 PM
Kristin Dudish said...


These are so cool & you are so creative! (I love that you turned that cutter upside down… fantastic.)
I will definitely be trying this!


December 14, 2010 03:29 PM
Cindy said...

Oh my gosh! The cuteness! My sister and I are baking this weekend and templates would be so great!! We are also making cake pops for the first time with the new book! You are amazing. Thank you for sharing.

December 14, 2010 03:35 PM
Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...


December 14, 2010 03:37 PM
Lynette said...

I think these look great!

December 14, 2010 03:40 PM
anna said...

How do the cookies taste? Are the recipess from this cookbook really good?

December 14, 2010 04:01 PM
melinda said...

Oh my, how do you come up with these ideas? I wish I was that creative! :)

December 14, 2010 04:28 PM
Linda said...

I’m the same… When I click on the recipe link all I get is the site advertising the books for sale. Can you revise the link???

Also….thanks so much for coming to Toronto to see us!! Finally we Canadians get to meet you too!! We had a great time and I love that picture of my grandaughter in your Toronto review….she’s our cupcake!! Hope you liked our gingerbread cupcake cookie suckers!!

December 14, 2010 04:52 PM
marg324 said...

You are very talented. I love each one of them.

December 14, 2010 05:58 PM
Michele said...

I would love the templates. Please do them.

These are so cute and I could use some practise too!

December 14, 2010 06:43 PM
Mariam said...

These look really cute! For the royal icing do you recommend using liquid egg whites or the power? Where can I find the powder?

December 14, 2010 06:46 PM
Melissa said...

Very cute! For a cookie amateur, you sure are good! Love the idea of using an ice cream cutter for a santa head!

December 14, 2010 09:05 PM
kangli said...

these looks pretty! thanks for the improvising tip! :)

December 14, 2010 09:32 PM
Jennifer said...

These are just too adorable.

December 15, 2010 02:48 AM
Pinar said...

They’re so cute!!!! :)

December 15, 2010 05:48 AM
Joy B said...

Thanks so much for the Santa Templates! You are so talented!

Merry Christmas!


December 15, 2010 06:03 AM
KathyK said...

These are super adorable! They look perfect to me!

December 15, 2010 08:27 AM
Renata said...

So nice…as always!

December 15, 2010 08:40 AM
hannahkay said...

I wish I could do this! Have you ever done a class for all of this? I’m trying to teach myself how to do this because we don’t have any classes offered nearby.

December 15, 2010 09:24 AM
Alberta said...

i love your idea of using an ice cream cookie cutter to make the santas! very creative! :)

December 15, 2010 09:30 AM
Rockerjewlz said...

FAB-U-LOUS! And thanks for sharing the templates.

December 15, 2010 12:36 PM
Ashley S said...

They are sooo cute. I wish I could do that. I think I will try with my son. He loves to bake with me. Looks like it will be fun. Thanks for the template.

December 15, 2010 12:39 PM
vanessa said...

hi bakerella! i can’t get the link to work for the recipe either?? i am almost going to do a run to go buy the book? can you please repost?? thank you!!!!!

December 15, 2010 12:56 PM
pollydove said...

You’re just all around amazing! I am so happy for you! :)

December 15, 2010 01:42 PM
Ita said...

the link for the cookie recipe doesn’\t work – please repost!


December 15, 2010 03:23 PM
Elana said...

Delicious and gorgeous! Can’t wait to make a gluten-free version :-)

December 15, 2010 05:45 PM
Rhiana W. said...

OMG. I wish I would’ve seen these a long time ago. I would’ve bought all the stuff and began practicing. These woulda been a hit for sure at my Christmas!!

December 15, 2010 06:27 PM
Anonymous said...

omgosh you’re a genius!! these are adorable!<3

December 15, 2010 06:59 PM
Fariah said...

These are adorable! Were you inspired by the Ice Cream Truck Santa ornaments from Teatro?

December 15, 2010 08:46 PM
bernadette said...

this is so cute! now, i want to learn how to bake cookies. I love your work. happy holidays!!!

December 15, 2010 09:49 PM
Kimm Geria said...

These are so adorable. I wish i had time to make them. Maybe next year. Your creativity amazes me everytime.

December 15, 2010 11:10 PM
féenoménale said...

it’s very nice, so cuty !!!!

December 16, 2010 11:59 AM
Catarina Silva said...

Hi Bakerella….. just wanted to start by saying love you website and your ideas… I was searching for cupcakes about 3 months ago and I ended up on your website. Ever since then I decided to create a blog and since I have a little one I thought it would be a great idea to start my own cake pops and so I did… Your doing a great job,, love reading more and more… I go to your website everyday just like if im going to check my email… Keep up the Good work and God Bless You. ! Have a merry christmas.

December 17, 2010 12:37 AM
Julie Sanders said...

Can you explain flood icing and how you get it to go on so perfectly? You said yours were bumpy but they looked beyond awesome! If you were selling them at the store we’d be your buyers!!! My kids loved seeing the photos! Thanks!

December 17, 2010 01:36 AM
andrea said...

Does anyone have a good tasting recipe for color flow icing? The one I have does not taste very good.

December 17, 2010 09:47 AM
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