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.

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So naturally I made ice cream cones for Christmas.

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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.

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

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Lots of Santas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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But I piped and flooded forward.

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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.

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Some have cute rosy cheeks.

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Some have big brows.

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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…

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

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So, don’t give up.

Pipe on. Practice makes good.

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

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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.

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Sadia said...

I am SO going to use the chocolate cookie recipe! I throw a cookie decorating party every year. Now that my daughters (and therefore their friends) are pre-school aged, they have higher expectations than they did as toddlers! Plain old gingerbread men and circles won’t cut it any longer. :)

December 17, 2010 12:19 PM
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maniadasdicas.blogspot.com said...

very very NICE:)

happy holidays;)

December 18, 2010 05:20 PM
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ALICIA J WALKER said...

Omg, these are so perfect and beautiful and clever

December 18, 2010 10:22 PM
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Merlot Dalton said...

Soooo Cute! I LOVE them! Your amazing!

December 19, 2010 02:28 AM
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erin said...

I can’t believe you think you need practice!!! These are absolutely perfect! No knocking yourself! That needs to be your New Year’s Resolution! Look at what you’ve done with your life!!! You’ve become a baking rock star!

December 19, 2010 09:34 PM
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Jolie said...

I just wanted to thank you for recommending such a great recipe for rolled cookies. Everyone I have tried kept spreading out and not holding it’s shape. I dont have santa (ice cream cutters) but i do have a tree. i am got my decorating inspiration form your tree cake pops (the white ones you made for your friend’s party). i can’t until these cookis cool and i can start decorating !!!
thank you!

December 20, 2010 07:20 PM
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ovivo2 said...

Wow it`s so cute~ linking my bolg

December 20, 2010 08:10 PM
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Jayme said...

I’m having problems with the link… its just a book review not the recipe.. PLEASE HELP!!!

December 21, 2010 04:25 AM
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Jess said...

Those santas and elves are really fantastic, you never cease to amaze, you are a talented woman! Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2010 09:05 PM
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Fabiana Gabaskallás said...

YOU´RE SUCH AN ARTIST!!!!
THIS COULD BE CALLED EPHEMERAL ART FOR SURE, BUT HOW GREAT AND CONFORTING IT IS…
I LOVED IT!
MY REGARDS FROM BRAZIL
HAVE A VERY NICE CHRISTMAS

December 24, 2010 09:46 AM
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jennifer said...

I tried to make these, using the round template that you posted. mine were not NEARLY as cute as yours. i guess i wasn’t as good as piping as i hoped. oh well… i’ll keep trying. when the santa’s didn’t work out, i made ornaments :)

p.s. where can i find an edible ink pen?

December 26, 2010 10:37 PM
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sumayya said...

wow soooooooooo cuuuuuuuuute!!

December 30, 2010 10:32 AM
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Michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

December 30, 2010 02:17 PM
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Lyndsey Brown said...

You are so gosh darn creative!

December 31, 2010 12:02 PM
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Beth Beard said...

Wow! I just found your blog today and I LOVE it! I have been reading it all afternoon! I went to Amazon and now I’m buying your book on Cake Pops. I can’t wait to get it. I think you’re amazing. Thank you for sharing all those awesome ideas.

January 1, 2011 09:05 PM
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Jennifer said...

Those are awesome! I never thought about using the cone cutter that way, although we do use the gingerbread man cutter upside down for reindeer ;)

January 2, 2011 10:49 PM
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Pam said...

I tried the chocolate sugar cookie recipe, I don’t know if it is me but that cookie mixture sticky. Did you have this problem or is it something I have done wrong?

January 15, 2011 08:03 PM
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happee said...

CUTE!!!!!!!!!

February 21, 2011 02:24 PM
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A. Cole said...

Too Cute

March 27, 2011 06:39 PM
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Katrina said...

OMG, its sooo cool! I wonder how 2 make it?

July 8, 2011 11:51 PM
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Payton said...

Great Piping! I love how you think! Christmas Dilemma? No Problem for Bakerella! Ice cream cones to Santa and Helpers, never would’ve thought of that!

August 14, 2011 02:11 AM
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Kelly said...

Wow!..So cute & pretty…Love them~

November 25, 2011 02:07 AM
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Lindsay said...

As always, so adorable! I found these through Pinterest, you do an amazing job!!

I featured these on my blog today, feel free to stop by & check it out :)
http://artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-12.html

December 4, 2011 10:09 PM
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Grace said...

I’m 13, and i think i just might make those! I love your website, cause it helps me practice for when i get older! Thanks! Oh, And those are ADORABLE. (:

August 21, 2012 02:23 PM
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Cheryl W. said...

Hi there! I came across a photo of your Santa cookies from 2010, and I’m determined to make some this Christmas. I just love them! Can you tell me what kind of candies you used for the noses? They look like pink red hots, which I’ve never seen before. These are so cute, and I, too only decorate cookies like this once or twice a year, so I’ll probably have “piper’s cramped” hands forever after making these, but so worth it! Thanks for sharing your idea!

October 22, 2012 04:43 PM
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farah meule said...

hi! what icing did u use for piping? thank u very much

October 25, 2012 02:15 PM
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corp said...

I wouldn’t have commented if I didn’t eventually (because i didn’t read i just scrolled through) realize you used the ice cream cone cookie cutter for the santas and elves. It was one of those ah-ha moments. Nice cookies and Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2012 08:07 PM
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