Christmas Pajama and Popcorn Bowl Cookies
I don’t know if it’s a symptom of my cookie craziness, but every July, I start thinking about Christmas cookies. Then I make glorious plans to share my ideas with the world, and suddenly, it’s December 14th, and I’ve missed my window. So, this year my friend, Georgeanne, and I decided to get an early start.
I know people get crabby about early Christmas posts, so if you’re reading this and thinking, “Christmas, ALREADY?!” My apologies. But I promise you’ll be glad I shared. Even if you tuck it away for later, or change the colors to create sleep over cookies, this design is one you will come back to over and over again.
There’s a little back story to this post, so before I jump into things, I wanted to explain how this idea came about.
For years, Lila Loa and I have had sort of a “mind-meld” thing going on. It’s not unusual for us to favor the same cutters, publish similar cookie tutorials at almost exactly the same time, or even to have babies on the same day.
After all these years, it’s become a joke, but if I’m being completely honest, in the early years, it brought all kinds of weird emotions to the surface.
There was the fear of not being first. Worry that she or other people might think I copied her. Insecurity, because I always like her cookies better than mine.
Then, as our friendship deepened and we both matured as bloggers, we realized something. Even if you gave us both the same exact piece of inspiration, we never ever come up with the same exact thing. Seriously. Even if it’s exactly the same thing.
We talk about this a lot when we chat, and we are both grateful that we became friends instead of competitors, because it leads to fun projects like this:
The actual inspiration for these cookies was brilliant nerd cookie set. When I saw them, I was so impressed, that I sent them over to Georganne, who loved them as much as I did. She mentioned wanting to make pajama cookies with her gift cutter, and we got so excited about the possibilities, we decided it was about time for a collaboration.
After sharing a few inspirational images and some basic instructions awe got to work. And as usual, we made completely different versions of the exact same thing!
So, now that you know the back story, let’s get to work. I chose a popcorn bowl tutorial since I’ve already shared a pajama cookie design, which would also translate well to Georganne’s gift cutter.
For some reason I have one million shell cutters, (I am only slightly exaggerating) all of which would work for this design. You can purchase the tutorial version here but, I’ve also successfully used an ice cream cone trimmed with a scalloped round. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
To decorate these cookies you will need:
- Food marker
- Green piping and flood icing
- Light yellow 20-second icing
- Yellow and white flower sprinkles
Step 1 Use a ruler and food safe marker to draw a straight line along the middle of the cookie. This will be the top of the “bowl.” I typically use brown or yellow food color markers to sketch on blank cookies, but since the icing was green, I wasn’t worried about color bleed.
Step 2 Use green piping icing to outline the bowl with a #2 tip.
Step 3 Fill the outline with green flood icing. At this point, you can also add a few “popcorn” sprinkles to the wet icing. This gives the cookie a little character.
Step 4 Use 20-second icing to flood the top portion of the shell. Give it a couple of minutes to set and then sprinkle with yellow and white “popcorn.” At this point, let the cookie dry. This can take anywhere from four to twenty-four hours, depending on where you live.
If any of you are wondering where I got yellow and white popcorn sprinkles, I picked them out of a multi-color mix. I can almost hear you thinking, “Who does that?” And the answer is, probably no one, except for me, and my poor children. So, if tedious sprinkle picking isn’t your thing, you can either pipe the kernels, or make your own with this handy-dandy tutorial.
Step 5: Finish up by using green piping icing to add a little lip detail to the bowl.
Most of my cookies work as stand alone designs, but in this case, I went simple, so they kind of needed to be mixed to get the full effect. I didn’t plan it that way, but I eventually realized that it gave an even deeper meaning to this post.
I really hope that you try this idea, along with Lila Loa’s spin, which you can find here.
But most of all, I hope that you take away the most important thing I want to say. I am forever grateful that I chose friendship over competition. I’ve been rewarded with a relationship that has grown way beyond cookies and made me better artist, mother and a friend.
For more helpful information related to this post, be sure to check out the following links:
- If you’d like to purchase the Lila Loa Cookie Companion Cutter Set, you can pick it up here.
- Learn to make bunny slipper pajama cookies here.
- Learn how to make Christmas pajama cookies here.
I’m a total sprinkle picker! Sometimes I recruit a friend or my husband. To pick out the ones I want. I’ve don’t it with candies too (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.). Sometimes you just need certain colors! I’m sure they love me so much more for those tasks!! Haha
I pick Skittles too. They finally brought back lime, but I am waiting for the day that you can just buy your favorite colors, LOL!
I’m so grateful that you, Georganne and so many amazing cookie artists share tips and tutorials!
I love these cookies, especially the “popcorn” sprinkles! THANK YOU!!!
So incredibly FUN!!!
You and Geogeanne have inspired my foray into cookie decorating and are my favorite bloggers (of any kind)! It makes me illogically happy to know that you are actually friends. ? (Maybe it’s because I want to be friends with both of you.)
I knew you both had babies around the same time. I did not realize they were born on the same day?? That’s amazing!
BTW – I totally sort sprinkles and candy and confetti and….
LOVE!!! *I always think about Christmas in summer too. I’m just as weird! xo
The happiness I feel with an old school step by step blog post of the most ingenious cookies ever! Now if you did a post like this once a week, I’d be your best friend ever!
I just discovered you and picked up some beginner’s supplies at Michael’s and my baby child and I can’t wait to give your Shape Shifter’s a try (thought they would be a great starting point to cookie decorating)! And too early for Christmas? Is it ever too early…I’m already planning Christmas cards :)…and am really hoping that you may be coming out with even more Shape Shifter designs devoted entirely to the upcoming holidays!
Was SO super excited to see an email with a blog post today! I’ve missed them!
I’m still missing your posts, Belle! It’s been 6 months now – what’s going on?
By the way, I think July is too early for Christmas cookies 🙂
/Sarah & Adam from The Sugar Canvas
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!!! You told me something once that has stuck with me since I started decorating…..”there’s enough cookie business for everyone!” That is so true so why not make friends instead of being competitive right? You girls are both the best and I love each of your unique styles. XO! Christine 🙂
Thank you for sharing this adorable collaboration with LilaLoa and voicing the insecurities that a lot of us feel! I read your post yesterday and saw this story today and thought that it echoed one of your key points, that one person can see one subject very differently than the next: http://educateinspirechange.org/alternative-news/six-photographers-took-the-same-mans-picture-you-need-to-see-what-they-captured/. Anyhow, I hope there are more collaborations with LilaLoa in the near future! You’re the main reason I gave decorating cookies a try. Thank you for making cookies that continue to inspire!
Love these designs. Once again, thank you for sharing your creativity.
Your blog continues to make me a better decorator.
I love these!These pajamas look amazing!
I love both styles, why we have to becoming competitive when we can become friends, help each other and inspire each other :3 If I like something, I also want to make friends with everyone who is interested in that things, learn from them and share everything I know. Thank you for the tutorial!
I am a newbie and I couldn’t work out the best place to post my question and some comments.
I love your site and janet, georgeane, lisa, mike, sally, amber to name a few I go between all of them.
I like the easy to follow tutorials. i only have about 15 cutters so templates and guides have been useful. I did up all these templates cut dough and ready to use the push pin trick but ended up free-handing. Which was odd for me as I have no artistic ability at all. I have only made 2 batches with a few recipes but I love it (well all things dessert). royal Icing – Janets, and strawberry royal Icing to get closer to red (based on Janets raspberry one) and your chocolate royal icing that was great in taste but also got black without the bitter taste you speak of.
I have a question about the Air Bubbles. I am assuming there is some sort of special knack to bursting them. I hope there is a no dumb question clause. It seems simple but I have not been that successful.
I am using a toothpick – i have tried pushing to the side, stabbing straight down, jabbing away to eventually get maybe 10% but inevitably it means I also hit the cookie and crumbs come up. Any help suggestions appreciated.
For your Australian fans – hard time finding some of the products I have managed to find:
Meringue Powder, Shortening, glycerine at the following stores: cakes around town, lollipop cake supplies and baking pleasures. Baking pleasures and lollipop cake supplies have the 2 oz squeeze bottles. I’ve seen these come up endlessly as not easily or available in some countries so thought I would share. They vary in price so worth shopping around. They are based all based in Brisbane.
Despite searching endlessly – amazon and ebay great but shipping to Australia is cost prohibitive and i kept getting American sites. The above finds were from a newsletter a friend sent on – so accidental.
I do have some pictures which will share on pinterest when I get them off my phone.
I have also managed to get some of your products from an american store (including postage) for less than the only shape shifter set i found here.
Sorry i know this is long (many apologies) and probably in the wrong place so feel free to move to a place more appropriate.
Thank you to you and all the cookie community that are so generous with the knowledge.
I love the popcorn design!! This is perfect for bday parties and unique. Thanks!
The cookies look adorable!
I love seeing you and Geoganne sharing ideas and pushing each other (in nice wonderful ways) to inspire the rest of us. I see a dog bone in the pajama bottoms (cutting the lumps off one end of the bone). I am trying so hard not to buy any more cutters and adapt what I have–but I did run out to Michaels last night and bought the nesting flowers! I WISH WISH American Crafts made/packaged the Feather/Leaf nested cutters, those used for the poinsettia platter! (hint hint) 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration. You have taught me so much. I get so many compliments on the cookie platters I make for the grand kids birthday parties.
These are so cute! Do you have the recipe for the cookie you use for these posted anywhere?
Here you go! https://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2011/06/basic-sugar-cookie-recipe-2/