3D Cookie Ornament


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Sugar Medium:
  • Cookies

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Julia can’t wait to show you how to make these incredibly lifelike 3-D holiday cookie ornaments. Made of her super tasty gingerbread, they are, of course, meant to be eaten, but they also make terrific holiday mantel or table decorations, place cards, or even Christmas crackers if filled with candies! This project relies on several techniques that Julia pioneered and perfected over recent years, including contouring and molding cookie dough, airbrushing (or spraying) contoured cookies using conformable stencils, and “sandwiched” 3-D assembly. Even better – all of the techniques learned in class can be applied to 2-D cookies!

You’ll learn:

  • Adapting dough recipes for contoured, 3-D cookies
  • Contouring cookie dough
  • Molding cookie dough
  • Frankencookie-ing
  • Dipping
  • Outlining and flooding
  • Royal icing transfers
  • Spraying with luster sheens
  • Stenciling on contoured cookies using conformable stencils
  • Precision-piping on contoured cookies
  • 3-D “sandwiched” assembly

Julia Usher

Julia M. Usher is a world-renowned sugar artist most recognized for her pioneering work in 3-D cookies. She is also the author of two books, 13 e-books, and an app, all about cookie decorating. When not spreading her love for cookie art in classes across the globe, Julia produces videos for her popular YouTube channel, Recipes for a Sweet Life; oversees Cookie Connection™, the world’s largest online cookie decorating community; designs cookie stencils sold under her “JULIA” brand; and manages Julia M Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™, which was recently filmed for a Food Network documentary. Julia also judges Cake Masters Magazine’s annual sugar arts competition, as well as other notable cookie competitions across the country. Julia is Past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and has received multiple food writing, decorating, and video awards, including James Beard Food Writing Award finalist (2008), Cordon d’ Or Food Writing Award winner (2009), Cake Masters Magazine Cookie Award winner (2013), Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show Medal of Honor (2014), both EAGA US and International Sugar Artist of the Year Awards (2016), Cake Masters Magazine Cookie Icon (2017), and TASTE Breakout Foodie of the Year (2019). But above all else, Julia is a firm believer that life should be lived sweetly!