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If you’ve not yet witnessed the magic known as Flour Box Bakery, then today you’re in for a treat. In addition to running a successful bakery, my friend, Anne Yorks, teaches others the art of cookie decorating through online videos and classes, runs an online supply shop, and after all that, still makes time to root for her team!
Follow along as she breaks down her amazing amazing Christmas nutcracker cookies, in true Flour Box style!
Hi! My name is Anne Yorks and I’m the owner of Flour Box Bakery! Not only, does Flour Box Bakery specialize in hand-iced sugar cookies, but we also sell the most popular decorating supplies in our online shop, offer dozens and dozens of fun cookie videos on our YouTube channel, and have an online Craftsy class all about cookie decorating!
To say I’m a little crazy over cookies is an understatement. But…it’s the thick of cookie season right now and flour and sugar are quite literally flying everywhere. It’s easy for the joy of decorating to get lost in the shuffle. Are you feeling this way too?
Thankfully, this cute little nutcracker guy has come along and saved my holiday cookie spirit. He is full of fun details, and thankfully, pretty easy to do when you take him step-by-step!
So if you’re up to your ears in holiday stress, take a moment to draw in a deep breath and exhale and enjoy a little cookie video magic!
Would you like to decorate this cookie? This is what you’ll need:
I love this design because I did not need an expensive projector to successfully complete it. I like to decorate directly on my cookie sheet as much as possible. Just by using the shape of the cutter and outlining in a specific order helped me to get a consistent design from cookie to cookie. I like to work in assembly line fashion, especially since I was making 3 dozen of these.
First, I outline the hat and boots. I chose to leave the boot as one section to avoid small icing areas. I will add an accent line to separate the boots in the end.
Notice the red outline on the hat stops at the curve of the head. Looking for those transition points on the cookie really helps to keep the outline consistent. I liked keeping the cookies lined up next to each other so I can see the height of the boot…trying to keep them as similar as I could.
Then using the 20-second skin color, I flood the face, adding two dots of pink for the rosy cheeks. I do this before outline the jacket to keep a nice round shape to the face.
The boots are flooded black and I add a white wet-on-wet highlight to the boot top. It helps to bring the cookie design to life! And that little detail is super quick and easy to add.
I let these sections dry in front of a fan before moving on.
Pay attention to this part, because I believe this is the most important part to successfully outline this cookie. I added the simple round hands. Then, I use the shape of the cookie to get the red jacket outlined all in one fluid motion (re-watch the video if it helps). Starting at the head, I work down around the shoulder, around and down from the hand…this is also where the cookie transitions to the pants line. I added dotted lines to the photo to emphasize these transition points that can be used to guide your outline. Then up around the second hand and shoulder. I continue my outline to mark off the center white area. I stop just at the cuff line, and over and back up to close off the space. After doing this 2 or 3 times, you’ll really find your rhythm!
Add two white lines to finish off the pants.
I flood the white areas and allow them to dry in front of a fan for an hour or more.
Then I fill in the rest of the cookie with the red flood. I like Americolor Super Red. I make it the day before I decorate and it really brightens with time!
Now for the fun part…the details!!!
I do all these steps in an assembly line…meaning, I add all the hair to all the cookies, then all the green…and so on. I find the less I’m picking up and putting down my icing bags, the more time I save.
I hope you enjoyed this cute and sweet nutcracker! For more cookie tips, tutorials and cookie fun, check me out at Flourboxbakery.com!
Wishing you a Sweet and Merry Christmas!!