Twelve Days of Christmas Cookie Project, Twelve Drummers Drumming
I was super excited when I first came up with the idea for the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookie Project. What I didn’t plan for was the sadness I would feel when it came to an end.
Now that the last day is finally here I am a little heavy hearted, but I think my final guest, Glory, of Glorious Treats is the perfect way to wrap things up.
Glory is another Flickr friendship that blossomed thanks to the Internet. I have learned so much of what I know from Glory, and I will forever be grateful for all the times she’s held my hand and taught me something new.
One of the things I admire about Glory is her ability to take the simplest of ideas and make it “Glorious”. She’s done it again, today, with her very special interpretation of twelve drummers drumming. Enjoy!
Hello Sweet Sugar Belle fans, I’m Glory, from Glorious Treats.
When Callye first asked me to be a part of her 12 days of Christmas Cookie Extravaganza I quickly said yes! When she asked which day I would like I quickly thought through my choices… doves, maybe I could do that… rings, maybe…. drummers drumming…. well, I bet I could make a drum, so let’s go with that! Basically, I was looking for the easiest choice of the bunch! One problem… I didn’t think through that choosing “drums” also meant I would be day 12… in other words my post would be the last in a long line of what I knew would be ridiculously amazing cookies! So as the cookies began showing up on Callye’s site my heart sank a bit… then more were posted, and it sank a bit more! I guess the moral of the story is, the “easy way out” is never a smart choice!
Here is my best interpretation of 12 drummers drumming… Christmas gingerbread drums.
What’s that you say… you only see three drums?
How about now….
Wait, you think that’s just 4 photos pasted together? And I thought we were friends…
Fine, so maybe I didn’t make 12 drums, but I have a way to make it better… candy anyone?
That’s right… I can’t compete with the artistry of any of the other 11 days of cookie masterpieces, but I have a secret weapon… chocolate! Each of these little drums has a hidden treasure inside!
I made some pumpkin cookies with candy inside earlier this year and thought it would be a fun idea to play with again.
Want to see how I made them?
Bake up a batch of Gingerbread cookie circles. I made 2 1/2″ circles. Bake them all as whole circles, then when they are baked and fresh from the oven, use a smaller circle cutter (I used a 1 3/4″ cutter) to cut out the centers of half of the cookies. Baking the circles all whole will ensure they all bake up the same width. I tried to bake just “rings” and they spread more than the whole circles, and didn’t match up with the tops and bottoms for the drum.
Once your cookies are baked and cool, prepare a batch of royal icing. I used brown icing to “glue” the drum together. For each drum you’ll need four cookies total, two whole circles, and two “rings”. Glue the rings to the base piece, but do not “glue” the top circle on, it will just sit on top.
Before you assemble the drums, outline the top cookie with dark red, allow that to set up a bit, then flood in with white or ivory, and allow to dry (this step is not pictured).
To assemble the drums, I used brown and white bakers twine. Cut small pieces of twine (for my drums I needed 1 1/2″ pieces), and attach each piece (one at a time) to the sides of the drum, using brown icing. When the twine is attached, add a bit more icing (if needed) and add a small gold dragee, or sprinkle of your choice.
Note- You have a design choice to make. If you attach the twine to the top and bottom cookie (as show above), the twine with have to be “broken” to open the drum and reveal the candy inside. Another option is to attch the string to the bottom cookie, and the top “ring” cookie (not the top whole cookie). This will allow the drum to be opened without breaking the strings. You can see in my finished photos I have one drum done this way, and two with the strings enclosing the full drum.
These cookies would be beautiful little gifts for children, or gorgeous place markers at a Christmas dinner table.
And if you are ever looking for something to bake while your decorated cookies dry… come visit me on my site, Glorious Treats.
Thanks Callye for allowing me to share these cookies with your readers!
For eleven more days of cookie treats, check out the following links:
- Partridge in a Pear Tree Cookie
- Two Turtle Doves Cookie with The Cookie Artisan
- Three French Hens Cookie with Haniela’s
- Four Calling Birds Cookie with De Koekkenbaker
- Five Golden Rings with Ali-Bee’s Bake Shop
- Six Geese a Laying with Montreal Confections
- Seven Swans a Swimming with The Bearfoot Baker
- Eight Maids a Milking with Arty McGoo
- Nine Ladies Dancing with Klickitat Street
- Ten Lords a Leaping with Kim’s Mom, Susan
- Eleven Pipers Piping with Lila Loa
Holy cow – this is so amazingly creative!! I wouldn’t expect anything less from Glory, but really, I LOVE these!
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Just great. So creative!
GLORY! I’ve been stressing all week for you, wondering what on earth I would do if it was me! Well – I would have never thought of this in a million years – it’s BRILLIANT! Oh my gosh! I’m in complete awe! The drums were so creative without even knowing there was a surprise inside and who doesn’t love surprises? I’m giving you a 12 drum salute for this!!! What a way to end the twelve weeks!
Hey! We still have 12 more days – can we have another round Callye??? PLEEEEZE???? Pretty please!!!??
These are so neat!!! Love the surprise inside. What a great ending to a wonderful series of projects! Thank you–Katy
What a brilliant idea! Love it!!
I was totally in love with them from the first picture, and when i saw they were filled with M&M’s – I was totally blown away! How freakin cool are these!? Simple too!
pretty and creative!;-)
These are so adorable, what a creative way to make the drums Glory!
I love the colors on these, they blend so nicely together.
Seriously BRILLIANT!!! Cookies like this is the reason I stalk GLORY!!! LOVE!!
The 12 Days of Christmas has never been better! Thanks Sweet Sugar Belle for giving a the most amazing gifts this Christmas!!! This project was awesome!!!!
You are just amazing, thanks for sharing.
Talk about ending this beautiful series with a bang! These drums are absolutely marvelous and to have them hold little treats too is just so creative. Thanks to Callye and everyone who contributed to this series. I was completed awed and inspired by all of you.
Wow! I just stumbled across your blog and I am so happy to have found it. You are seriously talented and these drummer cookies are so creative!
Eeek! On the first photo I thought to myself ‘oh, what a cute idea’ but then when I got to the candy filled one my mouth dropped open – the only thing better than cookies is cookies with chocolate in them, what a great idea! Now to go back and check out all the rest 🙂 Happy Holidays!
I am in love with this idea, Glory!!! Yay!
One word-wow! 🙂
do you have a gingerbread cookie recipe you love for these cookies and would like to share?? =)
I love them! They are fun and festive, and this is something I could actually replicate and make with kids. And hello, chocolate? I am in! Thank you for sharing! Now if I can just get California to stop trying to save me from myself and get some gold dragees here….
These are just adorable! A lovely finish to a really fun set of stories! Thanks to all!
So cute!! You’re both so amazing!!
Brilliant, Glory! They’re perfect!
Next year Callye you’ll need to do a cookie advent callendar so we can get more days, I’m so sad it’s over.
Great job on your cookies Glory
These are so fun! They are the perfect way to end the 12 days — with some AMAZING and still totally manageable! You have such a talent!
What fun cookies!
I’m a little sad the 12 Days are over too. Every night about 7:00 I would start refreshing your homepage waiting, waiting, waiting!
What a wonderful 12 days of Christmas – each one was so unique!
Some people go to art museums to be awed by creativity. I visit your site. Your cookies are truly amazing.
Wonderful idea !
Love these cookies!!! Glory is so creative! Callye, your 12 Days has been a wonderful post. I enjoyed each and every day! Thank you!!
I love these, they remind me of that awesome feeling when you realise there is more chocolates inside an Easter egg. The kids would love them, adults too I think.
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so completely adorable!!
I cannot say another thing that just brilliant !! I did not know about this blog but for sure that I will keep on following you. congrats 🙂
You could make firecrackers for July 4th.
hola buenas noche
me encantan estas galletas en forma de tambor, y otras que he visto, me gustaria que me enviases, la receta, y haber si podemos mantenernos en contacto, pues yo hago galletas para
encargos, bueno hasta muy pronto gracies
Oh my word. You are so fantastic. Every time I find something i love on google you are the master behind it LOL
The cookies look fantastic. I was just wondering how you managed to make dark red icing. There are no instructions in this page. Usually homemade icing tends to stay pink, not red.
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