3-D Snow Globe Cookie Tutorial


Clocking in at nearly 2 hours, this monumental Christmas-themed tutorial not only shows how to make a stunning 3-D snow globe cookie, but also explores 17 decorating techniques along the way, all of which can be applied to cookies of other designs. Though the tutorial focuses on replicating the brown snow globe shown in the teaser video, Julia also explains how to create the green version with embossed cookie pieces. Whichever style you choose, this project is sure to delight as a holiday hostess gift, party favor, or place card, or even as a wintry centerpiece!

Once you’ve purchased, you’ll automatically receive a receipt with a link to a downloadable handout, including three 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.

For all of Julia’s stencils used in this video, see the “MORE LIKE THIS” links below, which will direct you to her product partner Confection Couture Stencils’ site for purchasing. The stencils are not included in the price of this tutorial, and can only be purchased on Julia’s partner’s site. The “MORE LIKE THIS” area also includes some of Julia’s most popular Christmas cookie tutorials. If you like this video, these others are definitely worth checking out too!


Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 1:50:49

What You’ll Learn (~17 Techniques):

  • Contoured cookies (i.e., hemispheres and half-cylinders)
  • Embossed and embossed/contoured cookies (for the green variation only)
  • 3-D cookie prep (aka paring and filing cookie edges to ensure best fit)
  • Dipping contoured cookies in royal icing
  • Fondant and modeling chocolate trims and wraps (both airbrushed/stenciled and embossed with “stitching”)
  • Basic (aka standard) royal icing transfers (i.e., oversized rounds for the vignette background and small buttons)
  • Spraying
  • Airbrush shading
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling on fondant
  • Fondant appliqués
  • Rubber-stamping on fondant
  • Piped lines and beadwork on contoured cookies
  • Sponging
  • Dimensional piecework assembly of appliqués
  • Sanding
  • 3-D sandwiched assembly (aka making a 3-D cookie by stacking 2-D or 3-D cookies like a sandwich)
  • 3-D upright-stacked (multi-level) assembly (aka stacking multiple 2-D or 3-D cookies in an upright position, ideally with as few inedible supports as possible)

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 38-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread, royal icing (with consistency adjustments for outlining, flooding, beadwork, and more), and modeling chocolate
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • other key technique tips related to this project
    • inspiration images, including two style variations and different ways to display the cookies
  • Access to Julia via email or Superpeer for tutorial Q&A (at any time, though please allow 48 hours for a response)

Video Outline (Time Stamp):

  • Introduction (0:00 – 2:47)
  • Tool overview (2:48 – 14:26)
  • Cookie overview, plus cutting, contouring, and baking cookies, including hemispheres, half-cylinders, and embossed cookie parts (14:27 – 27:23)
  • Covering cookies, including 3-D cookie prep, dipping with royal icing, and wrapping with fondant and modeling chocolate; plus cylinder and snow globe base assembly (27:24 – 55:46)
  • Making vignette background, and airbrushing/stenciling vignette and fondant appliqués, including both shading and precision-control techniques (55:47 – 1:10:30)
  • Inserting vignette background disk, including sponging; plus piping and spraying button royal icing transfers (1:10:31 – 1:19:21)
  • Detailing back hemisphere with rubber-stamped fondant appliqué and piped lines and beadwork (1:19:22 – 1:24:07)
  • Arranging vignette (i.e., dimensional piecework assembly of appliqués) and sanding; plus detailing front hemisphere with piped lines and beadwork (1:24:08 – 1:31:03)
  • Assembling hemispheres using 3-D sandwiching technique (1:31:04 – 1:34:26)
  • Detailing base with fondant ribbon and piped lines and beadwork (1:34:27 – 1:39:07)
  • Detailing front ring, and mounting sphere on base using 3-D upright-stacked (multi-level) assembly technique  (1:39:08 – 1:49:04)
  • Closing remarks, including styling and presentation options (1:49:05 – 1:50:49)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher and Julia M. Usher, LLC are the sole copyright owners of this video tutorial and handout. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of this 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 this video and handout 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, September 2023

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons license

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Intermediate, Advanced


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