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Santa Cookies

Laurie and Jeanette are sisters and self-taught cookie artists that have been decorating cookies together since they were children. In 2009, Laurie and Jeanette launched their own designer sugar cookie business in Bountiful, Utah. Their artistic skill and amazing custom cookie designs have helped build a successful business. In addition to creating custom designer sugar cookies, Laurie and Jeanette also teach cookie decorating classes at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their cookies have won multiple awards from the Sugar Show of past CookieCon events. Combining their talents, they decorate using a variety of techniques, their favourite of which is airbrushing! The airbrush is such an essential tool in their cookie kitchen. It adds a unique element to their cookie designs and a signature style that their cookies are well known for.

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Step 1

Start by tracing around the Santa cookie cutter and sketching a quick design of his face and details.

Step 2

Trace around the cookie cutter a second time and draw lines to separate the sections of his beard, face and hat.

Step 3

Use scissors to cut the hat and beard sections out and use them as a stencil to trace on each of the cookies.

Step 4

Use these stencils to repeat this step on each of the cookies

Step 5

Create royal icing transfers. Cut a sheet of wax paper and place over your Santa sketch on a flat surface. We like to use the back side of a baking sheet so transfers can be easily moved without damaging them. Using the bottled peach flood and your sketch as a template, trace and fill Santa's nose. Continue to reposition your wax paper until you've made enough noses for each of the cookies.

Step 6

To create the holly for Santa's hat, cut another sheet of wax paper to fit over the back of another baking sheet or other flat surface. Using the green piping icing with the Wilton #349 tip, pipe three connecting leaves. Pipe a second row of leaves creating a V shape. With the tweezers, place three small red nonpareils at the base of the holly leaves.

Step 7

Repeat until you have enough for each cookie. TIP: Royal icing transfers can be fragile so we always recommend making a few extra. Set the transfers aside and allow to completely dry (approximately 45 hours drying times vary depending on humidity). Leave transfers attached to the wax paper until you are ready to add them to the cookies.

Step 8

Use the red piping icing to outline Santa's hat and the white piping to outline his beard.

Step 9

Fill the hat in with red flood. Using the scribe tool or toothpick, quickly pop any air bubbles and smooth the royal icing.

Step 10

Add brown airbrush colour to the airbrush and shade around the edges of Santa's hat. If you do not have an airbrush, skip this step.

Step 11

Flood Santa's face with the peach icing. Using the tweezers, place two small black nonpareils for Santa's eyes. Set the cookies aside to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 12

Rinse the brown colour from the airbrush and add soft pink airbrush colour. Lightly spray the top edge of the nose transfers and Santa's cheeks.

Step 12

TIP: Santa's nose and cheeks can be brushed with pink petal dust in place of the airbrush for this step.

Step 13

Fill Santa's beard with white flood icing. Quickly pop any air bubbles and smooth out the icing.

Step 14

White it is still wet, sprinkle the surface with gold iridescent Disco Dust.

Step 15

Remove the nose and holly transfers from the wax paper. Using the Wilton #12 tip and the white piping icing, make a zigzag pattern covering where the red hat and peach face connect.

Step 16

While the brim of the hat is still wet, use the tweezers to carefully place a holly transfer as shown.

Step 17

Next, pipe a swirl with the white icing to add the ball to Santa's hat. Use the tweezers to place the large sugar pearl in the centre. Create Santa's moustache with the white flood and glitter with gold iridescent Disco Dust. Carefully place a nose transfer at the top fo the moustache while the white flood is still wet. Gently press the nose down with a toothpick to secure it in to place. Allow 30 minutes for it to dry.

Step 18

Use the original #1.5 or #2 tip to pipe the details on Santa's beard and moustache with the white piping.

Step 19

Dip the end of a toothpick in the white flood and gently touch it to the centre of Santa's pink cheeks to add a highlight.

Step 20

Santa's eyebrows are painted on with a fine tip paintbrush and a small amount of the black airbrush colour. Allow the cookies to dry overnight.

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