I’ve been as busy as Santa’s elves this season, making what seems like one cookie decorating tutorial after the next. And guess what?! Yes, that’s right, I’ve got another one for you, just in time for Christmas! Woo hoo!

This project is a reincarnation of one I made earlier this season for The Bake Fest, an online baking and decorating event, where I’ve taught for three years running now. Because this cookie got such a great reception at that event, I decided to turn it into a tutorial that can be accessed by anyone at any time from the comfort of home. (How sweet is that?!) It’s also a stepped-up 3-D spin on my 2-D (but very dimensional) Holiday Snow Globe Cookie tutorial, which uses cutters and stencils in my Kitchen Club Collection. Though this project doesn’t rely on the cutters in that Kitchen Club kit, it does make heavy use of the kit’s stencils (my Gingerbread Village background set and my Reindeer Wrap background and message/frame sets) to craft the charming vignettes that you see inside.

But I’m especially excited about this tutorial for other reasons. First, it shows how to make two different styles of the same project: a whimsical brown globe with “gingerbread” cottages (photo immediately below) and an elegant green and gold globe with embossed cookie parts (just beneath the brown globes).

Beautiful in Brown
Grand in Green Too!

But those two design options are just the tip of the iceberg. Simply by changing up the stenciled elements (aka fondant appliqués) in the vignette and the color scheme, you can create a near-infinite number of designs. You can even dispense with the stenciled appliqués and use royal icing transfers instead, thus increasing the design options exponentially. The other exciting element about this nearly two-hour tutorial is the depth to which it explains 17 decorating techniques, all of which can be applied to other cookie designs. It’s truly quite broadly applicable.

As for the last bit of excitement: This tutorial and all of my others, in fact, are on sale through December 15, 2023. Just use code JOY25 at checkout for 25% off!

For more info about this snow globe project and the techniques that I cover in the video, take a look at this sneak-peek video:

And, remember, the video also comes with a handout (this one is 38 info-rich pages!) that contains inspiration images, extensive technique tips, recipes, and more. Here’s a glimpse of its pretty cover:

Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Handout!

Of course, you can find out more about this tutorial on its dedicated page under the “TUTORIALS” section of this site. If after viewing this page, you still have questions about what the tutorial entails, just drop a comment under this post, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I’m able.

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Don’t want to read anything else, and just want to dive into the project?! Great! Here are all of the key links you’ll need to get the video and accompanying stencils for the project:

Please note that you don’t need both stencil sets to complete this project; either the Gingerbread Village or Reindeer Wrap one will do. Alternatively, you could pipe your own royal icing elements for the vignette, as I mentioned earlier. Also, remember: my partner Confection Couture Stencils handles all order fulfillment for my stencils, so all such questions should be directed to them at service@confectioncouturestencils.com.

Now let it snow (globe)! 😀 Happy holiday cookie decorating!