If you follow us on Instagram, or you’re familiar with our blog, you’ll have noticed that we’re crazy for Halloween. From cute little ghouls to creepy crawlies we love it! With lots of us set to celebrate in lockdown we thought it would be fun to take you though a run down of some of our favourite spooky treats we’ve made over the years. Keep reading for our Halloween Tutorial Round-Up!
These realistic creepy crawlies were, and still are, a big hit! As you’ll see from the rest of this round-up we love cute halloween sweets but there’s just something about their glistening round bodies and life-like legs we can’t get enough of. They’re super easy too, follow the link above to give them a go yourself, but remember – they’re not real!
Who doesn’t love a Jack O-Lantern stuffed with Halloween candy?! This miniature take on the classic Halloween trope is perfect to adorn cupcakes, and cakes with. Obviously it had to have sprinkles as the candy.
We’re a sucker (get it?) for this little bat! It’s definitely a firm favourite of ours and will be found on Instagram and Facebook every year once October hits. The little sideways smile and tiny (non-threatening) vampire teeth are just simply adorable.
You can use lots of different things to help give any Christmas cookie you’re making a winter-y look. We’ve used sugar, sanding sugar, nonpareils, sugar strands, confetti sprinkles, snowflake sprinkles, plunger cut snowflakes and shimmering lustre dust too. It’s festive season so don’t be afraid to even use ALL of them. Stick to white when working with creating an edible snow look and it should just look lovely and textured!
Give each cookie a little ‘personality’ with individual decorations. We used gold stars, a pretty holly leaf wreath and a snowflake. You can even pipe party guest’s names onto each cookie and use them as cute place settings! If you’re stuck for time how about using some pre-made icing decorations. We love Wilton’s range of gingerbread people, snow characters and Christmas stockings!
So for some extra treats this holiday season with a little less stress check out our gingerbread house cookie tutorial on Craftsy.com!
Here’s a cute tutorial on decorating Christmas cookies with royal icing! There are these Christmas stockings that seem to exist in our heads and we’ve searched for them for two years now to no avail. It’s one of those moments where you think you’ve spotted them somewhere, but then you’re not sure if you completely made them up. These dream stockings would be utterly perfect for our office. We’d stuff them full of pink, white and gold (our brand colours of course) treats and wrapped gifts. Then nestle them on our shared desk like pair of Christmas obsessed workaholics. On top of this magical stocking is then a cuff of soft white fake fur. Simple really. Anyway, we settled for the next best thing this year. Our dream Christmas stockings… as cookies. Plus we even put together a cool tutorial on how to create them!
01: One of the first steps is to dust off any excess flour from your cookies. This is usually left behind from rolling out your cookie dough on a floured surface just before you cut, chill and bake them. Any left over flour on the surface of your cookies makes them harder to ice. If left when you go to pipe your royal icing it won’t stick or ‘anchor to the cookie’.
02: Now with your 15 second royal icing (we used a mustard / ochre tinted icing so that is would be a lot easier for everyone to actually see this process in the photographs) pipe an outline around the main body of your stocking cookie. Don’t include the cuff area at the top.
Always work one cookie at a time. If you outline all your cookies at once and then go to flood them you’ll be left with a visible outline that because it crusted over and began to dry won’t merge in with the flooded icing.
Christmas stocking cookies tutorial!
03: Now with the same 15 second consistency royal icing flood inside the outline. All you need to do is pipe your royal icing within the piped outline from step 02. To even and move around your icing use a cocktail stick in small circular motions.
04: Use your cocktail stick to pop any pesky little air bubbles that appear in your icing. These can also look like small dark ‘shadowy’ dots if they’re underneath the surface. Just use the pointed end of your cocktail stick to pop those too.
05: Now take your confetti sprinkles and layer on top of your royal iced stocking. You can even use star shaped sprinkles too if you have them. We work with two sizes (6mm and 4mm) of white sugar confetti sprinkles for our sequins. White is harder to find, but rainbow should work just as fine. Once added put your cookies aside to set.
06: Once they’ve set you can paint the decorated part of your cookie gold. It’s important to wait until your royal icing is fully dry as you’ll end up with a bit of a mess if you try to paint onto wet royal icing.
07: With your stiffer consistency royal icing pipe some messy blobs on the cuff section of your stoking cookie.
08: Add a furry texture to this section of royal icing using a cocktail stick to drag parts of the stiffer royal icing outwards. Once done leave to set. This could take anywhere from around 1-10 hours depending on the humidity of where you live. Sugar is hygroscopic which means it soaks in moisture from the atmosphere around it making it soften. The dryer the environment the better!
Yay! You should now have some gorgeously stylish Christmas cookies once you’ve decorated your way through an entire batch! Give your Christmas stocking cookies a little twist by using cute star sprinkles instead, try snowflakes and paint them silver or add royal icing holly berries and leaves to adorn the tops of them.