Halloween Tombstone Cookie Tutorial


Spanning one hour and 40 minutes, this video tutorial is a learning experience of otherworldly proportions! In addition to showing how to make 2-D and 3-D tombstone cookies using her Halloween Tombstone stencil-and-cutter kit from her Kitchen Club, Julia delves into 13 cookie decorating and construction techniques. At the very end, she also provides tips for putting together a completely eerie-sistible edible graveyard scene (pun fully intended)!

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.

For all of Julia’s companion products used in this video, see the “MORE LIKE THIS” links below or visit the project kit listing on her product partner Confection Couture Stencils’ site. The companion products are not included in the price of this tutorial, and can only be purchased on Julia’s partner’s site.


Skill Level: All, though particularly suited to those with some airbrushing experience

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 1:40:45

What You’ll Learn (13 Techniques):

  • Conformable stencils (i.e., cutting and/or punching one-time-use stencils out of frosting sheets; then using them)
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling, particularly in multicolor stencil designs
  • Airbrush shading
  • Engraving
  • Dusting
  • Fondant appliqués
  • Royal icing transfers
  • Embossed stone texture
  • Piecework assembly (i.e., arranging and attaching dimensional elements)
  • Franken-cookies (i.e., cookies altered with reductive or additive methods)
  • 3-D cookie prep (i.e., filing and/or sanding)
  • 3-D sandwiched assembly
  • Sponged stone texture

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 36-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread and royal icing (with consistency adjustments for gluing, beadwork, and more)
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • other key technique tips related to these projects
    • inspiration images, including several 2-D and 3-D designs made with Julia’s Halloween Tombstone kit
  • 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 – 3:52)
  • Cookie cutter overview and review of six embellishing* techniques (3:53 – 8:37)
  • Tool overview (8:38 – 20:01)
  • Precision-control airbrushing/stenciling of 2-D tombstone with background stencil only; plus, conformable stencils, engraving, dusting, and airbrush shading (20:02 – 29:27)
  • Making embellishments with background stencil set, including fondant appliqués and royal icing transfers (29:28 – 41:55)
  • Precision-control airbrushing/stenciling of 2-D tombstone with both background and message/frame stencil sets; plus, embossed stone texture, airbrush shading, and piecework assembly (41:56 – 1:00:42)
  • Making 3-D tombstones, including cutting franken-cookies, precision-control airbrushing/stenciling, shading, 3-D cookie prep, 3-D sandwiched assembly, and sponged stone texture (1:00:43 – 1:31:38)
  • Edible graveyard scene tips and techniques (1:31:39 – 1:39:29)
  • Closing remarks (1:39:30 – 1:40:45)

*Embellishing techniques represent about half of the techniques covered in the video, but they are the most fun ones – hence, their special callout in the video!

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, June 2023

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons license

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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