Scandinavian Christmas Tree Cookie Tutorial


Why not wow friends and family this holiday season with a “forest” of edible Christmas trees?! In this one-hour-plus video, Julia shows exactly how to make stunning 2-D and 3-D trees using her Scandinavian Christmas Tree Dynamic Duos™ stencil sets and the companion three-piece cutter set, both part of her Kitchen Club Collection. While Julia’s 3-D tree may look complex, it actually relies on a relatively easy pyramid construction (one of the simplest 3-D assembly methods), which can be scaled up or down to include as many pyramids as you like. Short on time? Make 2-D cookie tree favors! Eager to stretch skills and leave guests in awe? Make a multi-tier 3-D tree! The choice is yours, as Julia provides crystal-clear instructions for both projects in this one info-packed video.

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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: 1:13:02

What You’ll Learn (10+ Techniques):

  • Cookie design with layered stencils
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling
  • Airbrush shading
  • Fondant appliqués, both standard and contoured
  • Franken-cookies (i.e., cookies altered with reductive or additive methods)
  • Shaping and baking contoured cookies (i.e., half-cylinders)
  • 3-D mitered pyramid assembly
  • 3-D cylinder assembly (including contoured and simple sandwiched constructions)
  • Fondant trims and wraps
  • 3-D multi-tier assembly

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 31-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 designs made with Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree Dynamic Duos™ stencil sets and cutters
  • 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 – 2:30)
  • Tool overview (2:31 – 10:27)
  • 2-D tree cookie: precision-control airbrushing/stenciling and shading using just the background stencil set in Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree Dynamic Duos™ release, including beadwork borders and fondant appliqués (10:28 – 23:18)
  • 2-D tree cookie: precision-control airbrushing/stenciling and shading using both stencil sets (background and message/frame) in Julia’s Scandinavian Christmas Tree Dynamic Duos™ release, plus another fondant appliqué (23:19 – 30:10)
  • Final decorating of 2-D tree cookie, including applying appliqués (30:11 – 34:21)
  • 3-D tree cookie: cutting/baking franken-cookies and cylinders, mitering triangles for fit along seams, flat-filing cylinders, and airbrushing/stenciling with special template (34:22 – 51:06)
  • 3-D tree cookie: pyramid and cylinder assembly and detailing, including fondant trims and wraps (51:07 – 1:09:35)
  • 3-D tree cookie: multi-tier assembly (1:09:36 – 1:11:57)
  • Another simpler 3-D construction and closing remarks (1:11:58 – 1:13:02)

Video Production: Two 5:7 North, August 2022

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.

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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