Our Cute Snowman Cookies Tutorial via Craftsy!

Make these adorable snowman cookies for Christmas

Cute themed treats are always a certified winner at every Christmas dessert table. Kids scurry them away to nibble on with marshmallow studded hot cocoas and milk whilst adults will happily sink a sweet tooth into a sprinklecoveredcartoonsnowman type cookie (or several… we’re grown ups and we’re not scared of dentists… much). At this time of the year you’ll want to whip up all kinds of show-stealing desserts, but lack of time, energy and practice can suck you dry. These adorable snowman cookies are pretty pain free you’ll be happy to hear. Not a dollop of royal icing in sight! Head on over to the lovely Craftsy blog for our FREE and easy tutorial on how to make this little cuties!

Frosty the Snowman Cookie tutorial from Juniper Cakery

Royal icing is one of those things that unless you’re a glutton for punishment like us you’ll hate it or feel sweaty and nervous at the very thought of it. That’s OK… a lot of people feel the same way. We’re just weird. Seriously, we get super excited at the prospect of working with it. Even whipping it up in a mixer gives us a strange thrill. Anyway… these cookies are royal icing free. They’re decorated with good ol’ fondant / sugar paste, some blossom dust, black sugar pearls and a smidgen of black edible paint. That’s it. No frightening, fiddly and frustrating royal icing within a 50 mile radius.

Make these adorable snowman cookies for Christmas

The other fantastic thing about these sweet little bites is that they’re easy to customise. Change the colour of its winter hat, add a snowflake pattern on top, change the bobble, add a name, use black sprinkles or edible pearls for the mouth or nose, use light pink heart sprinkles to stylise the rosy cheeks… you don’t have to stick to the design in the tutorial if you don’t want to. Why not go a little glam with burgundy hats jewelled with gold edible sequins and a fabulous gold pom pom. Or don’t have a hat… keep the face fully white with a circle of fondant and then add cool earmuffs with pom pom type balls on each side and a twisted ‘rope’ of fondant spanning from one to the other across the head. Festive and fabulous!

How to make super cute snowman cookies for Christmas parties

Recipe: Chewy Gingerbread Cookies!

Recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies - perfect for Christmas

One of THE best things about Christmas being just around the corner (Less than 6 weeks away… eek) is the smell of gingerbread filling every room. It’s so comforting and warming when the weather gets frosty. Sometimes, however, gingerbread cookies can be a little time consuming when it comes to getting those shapes cut just right or the royal icing work perfect. Take the stress out of festive cookie baking with our simple chewy gingerbread cookie recipe! There’s no need to decorate them and their perfect for guests where prefer a softer crunch. We LOVE them. Whilst creating this recipe and post we admit we ate our fair share… especially with ice cold milk and frothy coffee!

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies!

Christmas chewy gingerbread cookie recipe

Ingredients needed to make chewy gingerbread cookies

  • 340g plain flour
  • 225g soft brown sugar or brown caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 115g of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of gold syrup
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Pre-heat you oven to 180 degrees C, 350 degrees F or Gas Mark 4.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large clean bowl. You can put them straight into a stand up mixer bowl if you like, but they’re not too much mixing with this dough so can easily work it by hand and save the extra effort of washing paddle/mixer attachments etc.
Melt down your butter along with the tablespoons of gold syrup. You can also use runny honey or even maple syrup instead which will yield slightly different flavours (be still tasty ones).

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When your butter has melted and mixed in with the syrup add this to the dry ingredient mix with the egg and mix.

Spiced and soft gingerbread cookie recipe
You cookie mix should look like the above. When it does tip it out onto a clean and dry surface to lightly work together. If you’re mix is a little dry and doesn’t bind just add a little extra gold syrup and work the dough.

Chewy and soft gingerbread cookies by Juniper Cakery

Recipe for yummy soft gingerbread cookies by Juniper Cakery
Separate your dough into balls. For small to medium cookies aim for them to be the size of a ping pong ball. For larger cookies roll out balls a little larger than a golf ball. Arrange these on a greaseproof lined baking tray approx. 2 inches apart from each other.

Addictive soft gingerbread cookie recipe
Flatten each ball slightly. The flat base of a clean glass or tumbler works really well for this, but it’s ok to press on the cookie with just your fingers. You can even use a rolling pin if you like!

Recipe for soft gingerbread cookies by Juniper Cakey
Place on the top shelf of your oven for 12 minutes. Make sure to turn the tray at the 6 minute mark so that the sides can bake evenly! If you’d like a little more crunchy then leave them in for an extra 2 minutes.
When done remove and leave them to cool down before eating all of them uhh… giving them to friends and family!

How to bake chewy gingerbread cookies by Juniper Cakery

If you want to make these tasty treats extra festive then try dipping them in white chocolate and adding cute snowflake sprinkles on top? They’re perfect on their own, but they definitely wouldn’t be crazy topped with fun sprinkles and chocolate drizzles!

Lovely recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies

Deliciously soft gingerbread cookie recipe for Christmas

Tutorial: Chic Christmas Bauble Cupcakes

Chic and stylish Christmas bauble cupcake tutorial

Stylish Christmas bauble cupcake tutorial

Pinterest is one of those amazing phenomenons that comes along and completely changes everyone’s lives. Suddenly people are more crafty, aspirational Christmas gift wrap ideas turn up under the tree and gold D.I.Y style decorations hit the shops like crazy. That’s what heavily inspired our stylish Christmas cupcake tutorial. Bauble cupcakes aren’t a new fangled thing – they’ve been doing the rounds for years now – BUT these festive bauble cupcakes are surely going to be the most chic and Pinterest inspired yet right? Keep reading to find out how to make them in time for Christmas!

How to make chic Christmas bauble cupcakes!

Materials and tools needed to make Christmas bauble cupcakes

  • Freshly baked domed cupcakes
  • Buttercream
  • White fondant / sugar paste
  • Ice pink fondant / sugar paste
  • Circle cutter (a little larger than the top of your cupcake)
  • Gold edible lustre dust
  • Confetti / sequin type sprinkles
  • A few drops of vodka or lemon extract
  • White edible lustre dust
  • Snowflake plunger cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Food safe paint brushes
  • Blade tool
  • Small ball tool
  • Cake smoother

How to decorate cupcakes for Christmas
Smooth a small amount of buttercream onto the top of your cupcake. If you want more buttercream it’s best to core out your cupcake and fill it instead of adding more on top which will end up squishing out from under the fondant!

Make this pretty and chic bauble cupcakes for Christmas
To flat ice your domed cupcakes begin by rolling out some fondant / sugar paste.

We worked to a bigger thickness of 5mm so that once placed on top of the cupcake the fondant can then be smoothed out to the edges better.
Using your circle cutter cut out a series of circles in the colours you need and for the amount of cupcakes you want to ice.

It can help to cut a circle out to test and see if it’s wide enough as you’ll need to think about the addition of buttercream as well as the size of the dome on your cupcake!
Now lay your circle of fondant on top and gently pat down before smoothing the edges out to where the cupcake case ends and the top of the cupcake begins. You can use the palm of your hand to smooth the fondant out too, but don’t be too heavy handed or you’ll be left with dents or an uneven surface.

Tutorial for Christmas bauble cupcakes
To make the attachment or ‘hook’ part of the  bauble take a little white coloured fondant, roll it into a small ball and mould into a ‘drum’ like shape. Add a linear pattern up the sides with a blade tool if you wish.
On the top of the attachment base use a small ball tool to indent two circles on opposite sides.
Attach to the side of your iced cupcake with edible glue, hold until set.

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To finish the hanging attachment take a tiny amount of fondant and roll it into a small ‘rope’ before forming into an unfinished loop that fits the indents you made in step 06 and set aside to fully dry.
Attach the loop with edible glue. Hold in place until set.
Once dry carefully dust or paint the hook attachment with lustre.

How to create a gold sequin bauble cupcake

How to add a gold sequin look to cupcakes
On the frosted gold sequin bauble we added lots of confetti sprinkles to the base of the bauble scattering upwards.

Gold sequin cupcake
Each multicoloured sprinkle then needs to be hand painted with gold lustre dust mixed with a tiny amount of vodka (the alcohol completely evaporates so they are kid friendly when dry) or lemon extract.

When mixing up your edible lustre paint you want to achieve a runny paste-like consistency. We generally add around a quarter teaspoon of lustre dust to approx. 5-6 droplets of vodka or lemon extract.

How to make a snowflake bauble cupcake

Christmas cupcake decorating tutorial
For this cupcake we decided to keep our ‘background’ matt and instead make the snowflakes shimmer! Alternatively, you could add a nice lustre sheen to this by either using a white pearlescent lustre dusted over the surface or a light pink.
Roll out some white fondant / sugar paste to a thickness of around 3mm.
Cut out and texture some snowflakes using snowflake plunger cutters. Tala make a great pack of three in varying sizes which we used on our cupcake.
With some edible glue attach your snowflakes onto your cupcake. You only need a small amount painted onto the back of each flake or else you’ll be left with a mess of glue squishing out from underneath.
Finally, mix a little white lustre dust with a few drops of vodka or lemon extract (approx. a quarter teaspoon of dust to 5-6 droplets of vodka / lemon extract) and paint onto your snowflakes giving them a hint of sparkle!

How to make a typographic Christmas bauble

We made our typographic bauble in a light pink fondant to match the other designs. You can obviously use whatever base colour you like (black would look amazing with gold on it too). Make sure the surface of your iced cupcake is sugar or cornstarch free as this can form into unsightly clumps when painting onto the fondant.
Pick out what font you’d like to use for your cupcake. We looked at lots of beautiful brush type fonts that are insanely popular at the moment before we painted ours during a test run using watercolours. After a bit of practice we were then ready to commit…

Pretty Christmas cupcake decorating tutorial
Using a good quality food safe brush paint your word across the top of your cupcake. For a brush style font like ours Japanese calligraphy brushes work best. You can also use a medium sized brush with a pointed tip too.

Tutorial for stylish Christmas bauble cupcakes from Juniper Cakery

Ta dah! Now you should be left with some exceptionally stylish cupcakes ready for one magical Christmas. If you’re giving these little beauties away as gifts try cupping each cupcake in a small square of ruffled up tissue paper before placing in their box. They’ll end up looking like real ornaments ready for the tree!

These pink and gold Christ,as bauble cupcakes are perfect for the party season!