Singing Christmas Ducks for Haniela’s Christmas Card Cookie Project

November 27, 2012

When I received an invitation from Haniela to participate in her Christmas Card Cookie project I was excited! She hosted a lovely Spring blog project which I was a part of and I really enjoyed it.  I also really enjoy Hani’s blog and if you haven’t visited their yet, please do so.  She is wondrously talented. Today she is hosting a wonderful Christmas Card cookie project with 21 fellow cookiers!  Do check them all out by following their links at the end of this post.  You will be awed and totally inspired.  If this array of impressive cookies don’t get you in the mood for Christmas baking I don’t know what will!


Our task for this project was to create a cookie *card* based on a Christmas card we had seen and liked.  Well, I decided to search the internet for Christmas cards as when this project was assigned, cards for this year’s holiday were not yet in my local stores.

In my search I found this lovely card created by the wonderfully talented Catherine who lives in England.  Catherine is the owner of the adorable blog and shop, Bumpkin Bears.  I contacted her, told her about Hani’s project and asked permission to use her card to create mine.  She graciously granted it and so, here is my Christmas Cookie Card inspired by Catherine’s sweet card.

The cookie card is 4″ high (not incl. the bell) and 5 1/2″ wide (incl. the bell).  It is made with my regular Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie recipe and following is a tutorial on how I completed it.

Once the dough was cut by hand in the above shape, the cookie was baked and cooled.  Royal icing in both piping and flooding consistency was prepared in the following colours; white, red, dark blue, light blue, gold and green.   A draft of the design was drawn and as you can see, was changed slightly on the finished cookie (Christmas song choice).

Next step was to pipe the outline for the bell (red and white), the snow (white) and the skyline (dark blue).

Once dry, I flooded the snow and the bell and waited for them to dry a little before flooding the sky background.

At this point the cookie was left to dry for a few hours.  Then it was time to pipe the outline for the ducks.  I piped a couple of evergreen trees (green icing) and piped and flooded the Christmas Star (gold icing). White piping was used to add the little white dots for the snowfall.  Black icing was used for the legs and red for the duck’s boots.

Then, time to flood the ducks with white flood icing.

Now, the cookie was left to dry overnight.  The next day, the following was done…

1.  Duck scarves were added with red and light blue piping icing then flooded

2.  The star was brushed with clear corn syrup then yellow sanding sugar was poured over it.  Any excess is shaken off into a clean coffee filter.

3.  The bell was brushed with clear corn syrup and red sanding sugar and white sanding sugar applied in the same manner as was done with the star.

4.  The trees were brushed with clear corn syrup and green sanding sugar applied.

5.  The duck boots were outlined with a black edible food colouring marker.

6.  A black edible food colouring marker was used to write *O Holy Night* between the ducks.

And last but not least, white piping icing and a #1 tip was used to write *Merry Christmas* on the bell.

Thank you Catherine for allowing me to use your delightful Christmas Ducks and thank you Haniela for asking me join so many talented cookiers in this wonderful party!

1.Stephanie, Ellie’ s Bites Decorated Cookies

2. Anne, Flour Box Bakery

3. Georganne, LilaLoa

4. Lorraine, Lorraine’s Cookies

5. Kim, The Partiologist

6. Pam, Cookie Crazie

7.Cathy, Cathy’s Cookies

8. Mariëlle, De Koekenbakkers

9.  Nadia, My Little Bakery

10. Liz, Arty Mc Goo

11. Callye, Sweet Sugarbelle

12. Marlyn, Montreal Confections

13. Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker

14. Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie

15. Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker

16. Miriam & Estíbaliz, Message in a Cookie

17. Ali, Ali Bee’s Bakeshop

18. Myriam, Chapix Cookies

19. Jennifer, Not Your Momma’s Cookie

20. Jill, Funky Cookie Studio

21. Maryann, Cookie Artisan

22. Hani, Haniela’s

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie November 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

This is so fabulously adorable, Paula! I can just imagine the ducks quacking out a holiday tune :)


meaghan (the decorated cookie) November 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

Singing Christmas ducks?? Yes, please. Too perfect!!! And dang, your detail is stunning!!


Hani(Haniela's) November 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

quack quack quack..singing Christmas ducks are so adorable! I love how you added dimension to your cookies with the bell cookie.


CookieCraziePam November 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

Oh Paula…..what cute ducks. I love them….and I loved reading your tutorial.

Merry Christmas to you, my friend. :)


Ali Bee's Bake Shop November 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

very cute! It was a lot of fun doing this project with you! Happy Holidays!


Marlyn November 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

What a sweet cookie, beautiful work.


Janine - November 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

So much detail! Great work!


The Partiologist November 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

How you got such tiny details on the cookie amazes me! I can hear them singing and I’ll sing along. Oh wait, you wouldn’t want me to do that! Love this cookie and so happy to cookie along with you! :)


Rita November 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

OMG! OMG! OMG! Adorable. I love it. I am proud an happy to know you, Paula.


Christine (Cook the Story) November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

This cookie card is so cute! The little details are magnificent. Now I can’t wait to go and see what all the others have done! Thanks for sharing your cookie and the group of others to go visit.


Melissa November 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Love your Christmas card. What an awesome compliation of cool cards.


Mensaje en una galleta November 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Paula, we’ve fallen in love with this cookie, it’s so cute!
We wish you a merry Christmas

Miriam & Estíbaliz


Maryann - Cookie Artisan November 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

What an absolutely adorable cookie! So fun to be a part of this project with you!
Happy Holidays!


The Bearfoot Baker November 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I LOVE this cookie! I have 8 ducks and I listen to them sing all the time! They are funny little birds. Your card made me smile and I could hear the singing in my head. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! Merry Christmas!!


Liz @ Arty McGoo November 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Ah the dulcet tones of a duck duet! They are so sweet! I love the little singing duo and their song choice :D I thought the “O Holy Night” was stamped! Beautiful job Paula.


Lora November 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I love the idea of cookie cards. You did a beautiful job. Lovely.


Sue November 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Beautiful job on your cookie card, Paula!


SweetSugarbelle November 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Paula, your cookies always bring a smile to my face. Funny thing, I need to make a goose soon, and it scared me! Thank you for making it easier for me.

This is absolutely detailed and beautiful! So glad we got to do a fun project!


Jill FCS November 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Yep, yep, yep, these got me in the Christmas Spirit for sure! So stinkin’ adorable. Quack, quack (Happy Holidays!)!


sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more November 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

so pretty it looks like a picture almost!


Cheryl (Grandma Coco) November 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

What a wonderful Christmas cookie/card. Great job. Love the scarves!


Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} November 28, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Too cute, Paula. I love the Christmas card ideas and so many great bloggers participating! I love the design of the card and it was sweet that Catherine allowed you to use her design. The details are so perfect too, beautiful.


Georganne November 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

SINGING DUCKS?! I can’t tell you how much I love that idea!!! And… you added a bell! I love it!


Jessica @ bake me away! November 29, 2012 at 1:20 am

Beautiful! You are so talented, Paula.


Jackie @ Just Add Milk December 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

I was so excited to see your name on the list of cookie decorators fro this project. You did an amazing job, as always, with this cookie. It is beautiful. The colors are so bold and festive, and amazingly special. Thanks again for inspiring me to try harder and create more.


Jacquee December 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

An edible card, now that’s something to which I’d certainly look forward!! It is brilliant and beautiful and the detail.. I’m in awe.


Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Oh wow, that is adorable! I love both the original card and the cookie version. Great work


Renee - Kudos Kitchen December 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

How fun to be with such a talented group of cookie artists. Your submission is outstanding Paula. It’s so eye catching with your choice of colors. Love everything about it!!! Great work and Merry Christmas!


Alina December 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

Wow ! It’s absolutely fantastic what you create here. I love everything you’ve made!


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