Santa and the Grinch

December 19, 2013

Today I’m sharing with you how I made two of the more popular sellers at the Artisan’s show.  Children and adults alike had special smiles for these two decorated images.

Santa and The Grinch Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies Decorated with Royal Icing

Before I get into the tutorial, I want to thank Thyjuan of Inspirations by Thyjuan for the excellent Grinch cookie that she did freehand and posted on New Year’s Eve 2010.  It was her cookies that inspired me to do the Grinch this year, but with the help of my Kopykake.

So, once I had piped and flooded the cookies in white and sized my Grinch image for my cookies, I used an edible marker to trace it and then outlined the image with black piping icing.

Grinch Outlined with Black Piping Icing

Next I used yellow flood icing to do the eyes and then added a dot of red piping icing to finish them off.

Grinch Eyes Added with Yellow Flood Icing

Red Dotted Piping Icing Added to Complete Grinch Eyes

The hats were then flooded in red, the hat rims in white and the faces in dark green flood icing.  the cookies were then left to dry completely overnight.

Grinch Face and Hat Flooded

Once dry, a black edible marker was used to draw in the face detail.  White sanding sugar was shaken over small amount of clear corn syrup that had been brushed over the hat rim.

Grinch Hats Finished and Facial Detail Added

For the Santas I used my Kopykake to trace the image with edible marker.  Black piping icing was then applied over the trace lines.

Santa's Face Outlined in Black Piping Icing

Red flood icing was used to fill in the hats.

Santa Hat Flooded in Red Piping Icing

Next I flooded the faces with tan flood icing.

Santa Face Flooded in Tan Flood Icing

White flood icing was used to fill in the remainder of the hats, the eyebrows and sideburns, the moustaches and the beards.  Again, the cookies were left to dry overnight before using black, red and brown edible markers to complete the facial and mouth details.  White sanding sugar was applied to the pom-poms of the hats.

Santa Beard, Moustache and Hat Completed

Fun cookies to make!  How are you feeling about Christmas this year?  Are you like him…

Finished Grinch with Reindeer Overlay

or feeling more like this happy fellow…

Santa Finished with Reindeer Overlay

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Barbara | Creative Culinary December 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

And I was so proud of the cookies I made the other day with piped stars, a couple of leaves and some red dots to make it look like a holly wreath. I’ve obviously got some work to do…these are, as always…ADORABLE!!


Paula December 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Aww Barb, thank you. I’m sure your cookies are lovely and delicious. I may be able to decorate a cookie but I certainly can’t whip up dishes like you do nor amazing cocktails. Cheers to you, may you be blessed with a wonderful Christmas and New Year and may you always find peace and happiness in your new home.


Kathy December 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Gorgeous cookies. Thanks for tutorial.


Paula December 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thank you Kathy. I hope you make them for yourself. They were fun to do. Merry Christmas.


Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) December 20, 2013 at 12:59 am

You make it look so easy Paula – WOW!


Paula December 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Mardi in all seriousness, if I can decorate cookies then you can as well. Once you get your icing consistencies down, everything flows (no pun intended). I learned how from some of the best on the web, Bridget, Gail, Callye, just to name a few.


Hani/Hanielas December 23, 2013 at 7:02 am

Beautiful! Love the addition of sanding sugar.


Jacquee December 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

You really do make it look so easy!! These are perfectly adorable!!


Lora December 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

What I love most are the expressions on the Santa and the Grinch. They really give the cookies extra personality. Beautiful job.


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