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Plethora of Pyramids

Let’s zoom in a touch to explore the construction of Julia’s towering Christmas tree. Crafted with her Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit, part of her Kitchen Club Collection, this 3-D tree might look daunting but it actually relies on a relatively

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Petite Pyramids

Just to demonstrate the scalability of Julia’s 3-D pyramid trees, here you see some petite two- and three-tier versions that look just as festive as the five-tier version elsewhere in this gallery. The sides of the pyramids were airbrushed and

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2-D Transformation

No time or interest in making Julia’s 3-D pyramid Christmas trees shown elsewhere in this gallery?! No worries – Julia’s got you covered. The tools in her Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit, part of her Kitchen Club Collection, allow you to

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See the Forest for the Trees

As easy as it is to get lured into the charming details on these Christmas tree cookies, make sure to step back to appreciate the magnificence of the forest! Made with Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit, part of her Kitchen

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Terrific 2-D

One of the most terrific things about Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit is that it allows you the flexibility to make either 3-D trees (shown elsewhere in this gallery) or much faster and simpler 2-D ones like these. And, by

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Scandinavian Sweetness

Aren’t these cookies just sweet though, particularly in their pretty pink palette?! The Scandinavian-style background pattern, as well as all of the other details (except the fondant buttons), were made with Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit, part of her Kitchen

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Grand in Green

Another grand feature of Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit is that it allows you to change up colors and designs to your heart’s content! Here, the background set in this kit’s two-set stencil design was used mostly with green to

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Message Mania

Never at a loss for words, Julia loves to dress up her cookies with messages. She makes it super easy for you to do the same because the stencils in her Scandinavian Christmas Tree kit, used to make these cookies,

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Another Merry Message

Here’s another festive cookie that uses both the background and message/frame sets in Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree Dynamic Duos™ stencil design. If you’d prefer, you can go message-less too, as the other cookies here demonstrate. Again, that’s the beauty of

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Stocking Stupendous

Aren’t these stuffed 3-D and 2-D Christmas stockings just stupendous?! Made with Julia’s October 2022 Kitchen Club project kit – which consists of three cutters, two stencil sets, and an instructional video – they add festive cheer to the holiday

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Joy to the World

Yes, Julia’s 3-D stocking cookies bring such joy, especially when stuffed with lollipops and other small candies. What an added surprise inside! Made with her October 2022 Kitchen Club kit, these stockings can be designed in so many ways. Here,

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Holiday Houndstooth

Sporting the second of two background patterns in Julia’s October 2022 Kitchen Club kit, this dimensional stocking cookie is certainly holiday-ready in green houndstooth. Comprised of two cookies iced back to back, it can’t be filled with candy like Julia’s

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Stuffed or Stuffer?

Whether you choose to stuff these stocking cookies with candy, as shown to the left, or use them as edible stocking stuffers, you can’t lose. Your family and friends will be delighted with these cookie gifts no matter what. Made

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Solo Stocking

Julia’s Christmas Stocking kit, part of her Kitchen Club Collection, is extra handy insofar as it allows you to easily scale Julia’s stocking project up or down depending on your available time. Here, a solo 2-D stocking still makes a

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Solo Stocking Redux

Yet another streamlined 2-D take on Julia’s Christmas Stocking project, this cookie utilizes just the background stencil set in Julia’s associated Kitchen Club kit. That set contains two background patterns: the houndstooth one in this stocking’s “body” and the botanical

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Stepped-Up Stocking

Julia stepped up the design of this 2-D stocking cookie by using both the background and message/frame stencil sets in her Christmas Stocking kit, part of her Kitchen Club Collection. The background set was used for the botanical print on

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