This year I have spent a long stretch of time creating the 2014 version of a Christmas Snow Globe. The original tutorial for this lovely cookie was created by SweetAmbs and can be found on youtube. Last year I made a few, but this year I made a dozen. I was much more organized than last year. I made my royal icing transfers a week before and it took 3 days to complete them. I tried acetate for the first time instead of my normal parchment paper. Wow! Talk about sliding right off and zero breakage! That is indeed the way to go if you have a lot to make! I made a variety of snowmen and trees and the detail work was so time consuming.... I may make them in the Summer this next year. I'm so far behind on my regular baking, I know this year is not going to be up to my expectations.
However, I like the snow globes a lot, so the effort has given me a sense of satisfaction, despite the physical aches and pains! Once they get baked and cooled and the various icing colors and consistencies all mixed up/bagged and have the proper sprinkles on hand (white nonpareils were not to be found this year - I had to order online and pay for express shipping...then low and behold, they appeared on the HEB shelf the next day - ayi!), anyway, once all that is done, the actual decorating took three days. I made one dozen. They are large cookies so it took 1 1/2 batches of my Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie Dough (that's a lot for one dozen cookies). I hope the lucky recipients enjoy the effort that went into these.
I hope you will watch Amber's video and then see how you can use an available cookie cutter, different sprinkles, and different design details to make it your own, like I did. It doesn't have to be perfect (mine sure aren't) and each of mine are different. Here's a photo journal of making this fun cookie. Enjoy!
|Base for the "snow" is ready for some sparkle |
to be added while still wet.
|I use a bead tray for sprinkles. |
It's easy to pour the leftovers back into the jar
using the little tubes at the end of the tray.
I chose to use sparkling sugar
crystals for the snow on the ground.
I like the glistening appearance.
|You can see that after you press the RI transfers, the icing|
is displaced and moved towards the edge.
You'll need to neaten the edges again.
|Now I want to add some depth and further dimension. |
I pipe some royal icing
on the tree and at the base of the tree and snow people.
|Allow to dry overnight|
or with a fan blowing on it for several hours.
|The last step is piping some white snowflakes in the blue sky |
in any blank spaces. I usually add 3 or 4 of these.
Allow everything to dry at least 12 hours before bagging
(I always dry under a fan for 24 hours
because of our humidity and then bag)
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!