Holiday Snow Globe Cookie Tutorial


In this one-hour-plus tutorial, Julia demonstrates methods for using her Holiday Snow Globe stencil-and-cutter kit from her Kitchen Club Collection to turn otherwise 2-D snow globe cookies into dimensional pieces of festive cookie art, perfect on their own as holiday party favors or gifts, or clustered together in Christmas centerpieces. While guiding you step by step through the project, Julia also covers about 13 cutting and decorating techniques, all of which can be used to enliven other holiday cookie designs.

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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: 1:10:26

What You’ll Learn (~13 Techniques):

  • Precision-cutting of 2-D cookies
  • Fondant appliqués, standard (aka flat) and contoured
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling
  • Airbrush shading
  • Basic (aka standard) royal icing transfers (i.e., buttons)
  • Outlining and flooding (with tricks to minimize “cratering” aka sinking of the icing as it dries)
  • Dimensional piecework assembly of appliqués
  • Sanding
  • Fondant and modeling chocolate trims (with fluted cutting and embossed stitching methods)
  • Spraying with edible luster
  • Piped lines and beadwork
  • Modeling chocolate ribbons and bows

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 35-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 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 – 3:07)
  • Tool overview (3:08 – 10:23)
  • Cutting and baking cookies, including precision-cutting techniques (10:24 – 13:22)
  • Making contoured and standard (aka flat) fondant appliqués (i.e., dimensional ring and vignette elements), including precision-control airbrushing/stenciling and airbrush shading; plus basic (aka standard) royal icing transfers (i.e., buttons) (13:23 – 32:43)
  • Outlining and flooding snow globe top, and precision-control airbrushing/stenciling of vignette background (32:44 – 41:15)
  • Dimensional piecework assembly of vignette, including sanding for “snow”; plus rolling and cutting fondant trim for snow globe top, including fluted cutting method (41:16 – 49:30)
  • Outlining and flooding snow globe base, including tricks to minimize “cratering”; plus piping lines and beadwork; cutting, embossing, and spraying modeling chocolate ribbons; and extruding/rolling very thin fondant ribbons (49:31 – 1:05:12)
  • Cutting and shaping modeling chocolate bows; plus final bow assembly on cookie (1:05:13 – 1:08:12)
  • Closing remarks, including design and presentation options (1:08:13 – 1:10:26)

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

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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