The needlepoint technique is pretty darn time consuming, as this detail shot of Julia’s 3-D Easter baskets might suggest. Be sure to set aside ample time should you choose this decorating route. Basically, needlepoint involves piping a delicate grid of icing onto the cookie, and then flooding the holes in the grid with looser icing, usually of one or more different colors, to create impressive patterns. This basket took Julia about 45 minutes to ice. But once you get the hang of it, the process can be very relaxing – some even say therapeutic! For details about the needlepoint technique, check out this video on Julia’s YouTube channel. And for information about the simple sandwiching technique used to assemble these baskets, see this video.