3-D Stenciled Ornament Cookie Tutorial


Originally recorded for One Sweet Christmas, a virtual cake and cookie decorating event in 2020, this one-hour+ pre-recorded class shows you every step needed to make a showstopping 3-D Christmas ornament cookie just like Julia’s masterpieces displayed here.

Once you’ve purchased, you’ll automatically receive a receipt with a link to a downloadable handout, including two recipes, sources, and extensive technique tips. Then, simply return to this page to view the tutorial as often and for as long as you like. The sneak peek video above will disappear and be replaced with the full-length video. Just remember to log into your account in order to view.


Skill Level: All, but some experience working with royal icing is a plus

Video Format: Pre-recorded class; professionally filmed and edited

Video Length: 1:09:51

What You’ll Learn (9 Techniques):

  • Contoured cookies (how to shape and bake hemispheres)
  • Molded cookies
  • Franken-cookies (cookies altered with reductive or additive methods)
  • Dipping (vs. flooding) contoured cookies
  • Basic royal icing transfers
  • Sprayed metallic treatments
  • Sprayed (vs. airbrushed) and stenciled 2-D and 3-D (contoured) cookies
  • Piping on contoured cookies, including perfect peak-free dot work
  • 3-D sandwiched assembly

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to class video recording on this site
  • Detailed 18-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread and royal icing (with consistency adjustments for dipping, line work aka outlining, dot work, gluing, and more)
    • cookie and royal icing transfer quantities and dimensions
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive technique tips
    • inspiration images
  • Access to Julia via email or Superpeer for tutorial Q&A (at any time, though please allow 48 hours for a response) 

Class Outline (Video Time Stamp):

  • Project introduction (0:00 – 3:50)
  • Cookie overview (3:50 – 5:45)
  • Tools overview (5:45 – 14:08)
  • Cutting, shaping, and baking cookies (14:08 – 27:43)
  • Dipping, flooding, and/or spraying cookies (27:43 – 38:59)
  • Royal icing transfer prep (38:59 – 44:19)
  • Stenciling both 2-D and 3-D cookies (44:19 – 54:32)
  • Piping details on both 2-D and 3-D cookies (54:32 – 1:00:04)
  • Ornament assembly (1:00:04 – 1:08:31)
  • Recap and closing remarks (1:08:31 – 1:09:51)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher and Julia M. Usher, LLC are the sole copyright owners of all tutorial videos and handouts. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of any video or handout, in whole or in part, are strictly prohibited. However, as the purpose of Julia’s tutorials is to teach, any knowledge gleaned from her videos and handouts can be used to make cookies or other products for either personal use or sale. In purchasing this tutorial, you acknowledge that you agree to these terms of use.

Julia’s Return Policy: Due to the online nature of this tutorial, all sales are final.

Video Production: Two 5:7 North, November 2020

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Class Recording

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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Just in time for summer wedding season, my latest 3-D cake tutorial is sure to wow – though it hasn’t a single crumb of actual cake in it! It’s all cookie, modeling chocolate, and royal icing. Another plus: it’s a lot easier to make than it looks! Though my four-tier version embraces my more-is-more mentality, the project can easily be scaled down by making fewer tiers. My tutorial also details every single step so that even beginners can follow along.

To celebrate its launch, I’m offering 50% OFF ALL OF MY TUTORIALS AND CLASS RECORDINGS through June. Just use CODE WOW50 at checkout. – Julia