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.

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331 comments on “Piping Practice”

  1. These are so cute!! Love them!!

  2. Oh I love them so so much!! They are just too cute!

  3. Oh seriously! You are so clever!!! Who ever would have thought of using an ice cream cone shape! These are AWESOME!!!

  4. You’ve done it again!!! You amazing woman you!

  5. I love that book! I wish I made decorated sugar cookies more often. Is that a worthy New Year’s resolution? To make iced sugar cookies at least once a month?

    Great idea with the ice cream cone – I need to think outside the cutter a bit more.

  6. what an excellent idea! you’re so good at this pipping thing and they all look so adorable!

  7. A template would be awsome! I don’t know what you’re talking about with “okay piping” I think these look fantastic!!

  8. Such cuteness!!! LOVE these!

  9. Very, very cute….how do you keep the sprinkles and non-pareils(sp?) from getting in the other sections…I think you are doing just fine with the piping by the way :)

  10. Oh, wow. What do you mean “still trying for perfect?” These look absolutely fabulous!!! I almos want to print out this post, just so I can stare at the pictures. LOVE!!

  11. Those came out sooooo cute!

  12. That is so dang cute. I look forward to your blog every week :)
    P.S. I was reading through your blog the other day and wondered if you’ve ever used the Green Tea Matcha powder to make cake pops? Just wondering if it’s doable… my family is huge into green tea and green tea flavored pops would be amazing.

  13. O’ Bakerella, you make this look so simple lol! Awesome job :-)

  14. oh my! LOTS of work! SOOOO cute & worth it tho!!! They look FANTABULOUS!

  15. please please please i would love a template!!!!! i can pipe, but i dont know if mine would turn out so well with only 3 inches to work with!

  16. They look SUPER-CUTE. I’ve been icing cookies all week :) Mittens, hats, bells, snowflakes, and some Santa cookies too. I agree sometimes sprinkles make all the difference.

  17. I am 100% in love with these! They look so much better than anything I have ever done, you have LOTS of patience and time. Nice work!
    Wouldn’t want to eat them they look so good.

  18. Those are awesome!

  19. adorable and so clever as usual! :D

  20. Love them! I just made some chocolate sugar cookies for a Christmas party and everyone loved them. Gotta work on my piping skills too but these worked fine for me =]

  21. WHERE did you get that cookie cutter?!

  22. Seriously, could those be any cuter! Love! And, how creative to use the ice cream cone shape! I’ve never done royal icing before and TOTALLY want to! Think this might finally be the year to try it. Thanks for the great inspiration (as always)!

  23. Sooo glad you posted this!! JUST this week I was thinking about giving cookie decorating a try.

  24. Wow. If these are your okay ones, I’m dying to see your good ones. These are the cutest Santa cookies I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t be able to eat one. I’d just stare at him and giggle at his adorableness. A template would be very cool, if you were so kind to share. Anyone ever tell you that you’re awesome? Because you are. Simply, awesome.

  25. 2 words, you rock!

  26. I am also working on perfecting my technique. I can never seem to get the icing quite the right consistency.

    Your cookies look great! I will have to try chocolate sugar cookies next year :)

  27. What edible markers do you use? I bought some in October to make some Cake Pop Jackolanterns and they didn’t work worth a darn.

  28. These are too too adorable. And thank you for showing 3 uses for one cookie. Uh-mazing! One of my goals is to be really really good at decorating cookies. I’m inspired to sign up for a class now. Keep up the inspiration!

  29. AMAZING!! What is the recipe you use for your icing??

  30. Please make a downloadsble temp. Please.
    I decorate cakes and cup cakes but cookies give me a BSiG run for my money.

  31. I love Cookie Craft and I love you!! It is SO hard to do great piping if you only do it once in a while; I always promise myself I will do more! I love that you can think outside the box with the cutters! Pipe on, sister!!

  32. would love a downloadable template of santa cookie cutter…its awesome…

  33. What cookie recipe did u use? I love them!!!!!! SOOOOO ADORABLE!!!!

  34. Also, what kind of candy did you use for the cheeks and nose. Please take it as a complement that I’m totally using your idea;)

  35. love. these santas and elves are adorable! please, please on the template! many thanks…

  36. These are so cute! I love them!!

  37. Thanks for sharing! You are so creative!!! I would enjoy using a template if you had one. Thanks :)

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  39. Thanks everyone!

    Sarah – in stages. I just takes extra time.

    Alex – I just wish I could get the flood icing to be even when it meets the outline. I think it looks too bumpy. And I wish I could get the outline to stop when and where I want it. Ugh.

    suki – not for cake balls, but I’ve used it for a cake.

    Grace – I wish I could remember.

    Cheryl W – Americolor Gourmet Writers

    Mrs. H – There’s a link to the recipes in the post.

  40. OKAY I found it!!!! I was so busy looking at those cute pics that I didn’t see the recipe link!

  41. Very,Very clever lady. xx

  42. I just wanted to say I love how you turn cooking into such an art! Instead of it being just a plain old cookie or cupcake you eat, you turn it into something extraordinary! Its really inspiring.

  43. Super idea using the icecream cone upside down, I really have too many cutters and love finding new uses for the ones I already have. I like curly Santa.

    I used to have trouble with the outlining being too bumpy too and then I read tips from Marian at Sweetopia and she said she uses the same consistency for piping outline and flooding. How about that completely different that what I had been taught!

  44. You are sooooo talented!

  45. So much inspiration!!!

  46. these are super cute! i am challenged when it comes to cookie decorating. i’d love to learn how to turn out beautiful cookies.

  47. Those are absolutely adorable and they look perfect to me. Now I have to look for an icecream cookie cutter to try this

  48. i think it’s one of the cutest
    character snacks you put up on this site! (:
    looking at the icecream cone
    cookie cutter upsidedown.. who does that? :D
    this is very brilliant and i love
    the effects of the sugar and nonpareil :]

  49. HOHOHOnestly!!! These are some of your cutest creations ever! But then again, I think that each time you post. Seriously LOVE these tho! Lori L

  50. I absolutely love these cookies! A template would be so appreciated though! I’m dying to try these now.

  51. You’re a natural! Amazing!

  52. OMG I never thought about doing that. I think I bought an ice cream cone when I was at Sur La Table outside Chicago, now I am going to go searching in the morning to see if I can find it…so excited to do this…Thanks for the inspiration.

  53. they are ridiculously cute!! and yeah, i would love a template because I can’t even draw stick figures. seriously.

  54. These are adorable! I’ll be piping for the first time in just a few days. Decided to take of the task of making Christmas treat baskets with Christmas themed sugar cookies, red and green vanilla cake balls and toffee squares!

  55. I agree with everyone else, you are way to hard on yourself these are adorable !

  56. Wow!!! These are too stinkin cute!! So festive, I think I’ll try these with my daughter, it will help us get into the Christmas mood even more…thanks for the great idea!

  57. Love them! Have to admit that cooking decorating scares me a little…both the piping and the flooding! :) Would love to see some templates if you’re still willing to post them!

  58. sooo happy you are back to creating..they are ADORABLE!! :)

  59. Too Adorable! Please do post templates for those of us who are artistically stunted. Also, what did you use for the cheeks and noses? And where did you get the cute stars, etc. for the hats? THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR INSPIRATION!

  60. amazing. so awesome and truly creative :)

  61. You’re so modest – these are incredible. X

  62. Soooooo CUTE!!! I love them : )

  63. they turned out sooooooooooooooooooooo cute…..and so yummmmmmmy!

    you know what we are gonna ask of you next…………a cookie book !!!! :P

  64. Templates pretty please!!

  65. They are wonderful. And I have that book, go figure, I was just thinking I wanted to make a chocolate sugar cookie. Now I want to make santas and elfs and ice cream cones. Hope I can find an ice cream cone cookie cutter. :)

  66. Beautiful job! I need to try my hand at piping sometime.

  67. Squeeee! My BFF just gave me an icecream cone cookie cutter & I was trying to imagine how I’d use it at Christmas. I can’t believe you solved it for me just in time for our annual cookie decorating party on Friday!

  68. gosh I can’t believe you don’t think these are perfect! they look fantastic, and I would be beyond stoked if mine turned out even nearly as cute!!

  69. I think they look fantastic, Bakerella! You’re too hard on yourself! You’re a pro!

  70. AMAZING – especially for someone who apparently needs practice with piping….(I don’t think so!) These are just wonderful :)

  71. you are so creative. all of the cookies you posted are stunning. i’m so glad you’re brave ’cause you show the rest of us that we can do it, too. : ) thanks, bakerella!! <3

  72. Those are super cute!!! What a great way to re-purpose an ice cream cone cutter!!

  73. Ah-mazing!

  74. Ok Bakerella, those rock! AND I have to know- what type of food marker do you use…I tried one and it didn’t write on food very well :/
    Thanks a bunch!! Can’t wait to try these out!!

  75. Bakerella your creativeskills are awesome…… keep up the brilliant & inspiring work!!

  76. for someone who is starting out in cookie decorating, these look fantastic.

  77. I have the same cookie cuter and I do the little elves and santas during the holidays too! Another great idea is to make clowns for circus themed parties or babies with party hats just to name a couple.

  78. A template would be much appreciated! Thanks for sharing, you’re amazing.

  79. Wow. You are a woman of MANY talents. Seriously. Can we hang out sometime? I’d love to spend a day in the kitchen with you – it would be a dream :) Templates? Yes please! And, where did you get the darling cookie cutter?!

  80. I get the icing bit.. can you use those icing squeeze pens thingys.?? I have an icing bag set and it does require practice!
    but I dont get the flooding bit… and you have no pics of that part!! I just dont see how I would be able to flood the little parts like the face etc.

  81. I want to be you when I grow up :) I think for your next raffle, you should raffle off an afternoon of baking with you (and then rig it so I win). These are wonderful!!

  82. The cookies look great to me ! Very clever! Would love to have a template…Please! Again you have brought forth the …Awwww. Love ya Bakerella..keep on bakin!

  83. These look really cute! I love the Santa with the curly beard :)

  84. What did you use to color your frosting? My red and green never turn out looking like a true red and green.

  85. They look fantastic. Your book just made it to Australia at long last and I finally have a copy :) I can’t wait to start reading. Hopefully you can make it to Australia for a book signing next year! I can only hope :)

  86. Good heavens! You are amazing! That looks really darn good for only doing it a few times a year. I am icing my cookies tonight. Let’s hope they look a bit like yours. :)

  87. was gng to bake cookies today,thanks for this post

  88. love these!! I think i am going to try these and then try some using my cupcake cookie cutter!!! love those cupcakes! how cute would those be?!!

  89. You are amazing!!! Those are adorable…your creativity is unbelievable!! Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us!

  90. you are so creative coming up with the ice cream cone shape to make the Santa’s and Elves. Awesome job. I think they look perfect!!
    Merry Christmas

  91. I think you can stop trying…they’re perfect!!! LOL
    I’m still in shock from these cookies’ cuteness…I wouldn’t dare bite them!
    Have a great week and happy holidays!

  92. Hi bakerella! Love your site, I cant seem to find the recipe for these cookies. I click on the link and I get the reviews for the book and several other, Im I not looking at a specific place? Please Help! Thank you and happy holidays

  93. These look AMAZING and CRAZY cute!

  94. Aww thanks for the tip! I definitely need piping practice!

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