How to Make Mele Kalikimaka Cookies with Video
Do you hear something? Listen close…
‘Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say
On a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway’
I know you heard it that time! It is Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters! I’ll appologize now for getting that song stuck in your head but I couldn’t help myself. Do you have Christmas Traditions? What are they? Do you watch ‘White Christmas’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” or listen to Christmas music in July? Do you bake Christmas cookies in the middle of summer? Do you have a traditional cookie you bake every year? If you don’t, you don’t know what you are missing.
For the last couple of years I have been trying really hard to make my blog become a ‘Christmas in July’ Cookie spot and this year I have found something that has made things easy. It is watching Christmas Classics and listening to a few Christmas stations on Pandora. It is wonderful because there isn’t any holiday stress. No Christmas parties, no shop until you drop mind set, no scraping the ice off of your car before you go to work. Just pure Christmas Cookie fun!
I hope you’ll join me in making a few Christmas in July Cookies even if they are beach themed like this Mele Kalikimaka set. Oh yeah, they are great in December as well!
Supplies for Mele Kalikimaka Santa Cookies:
- Flesh Colored Icing –AmeriColor Ivory with a very small amount of AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
- Red Icing-If you don’t like the bitter taste of red food gel you can use Wilton ‘No-Taste’ Red
- White Icing-If you’re looking for a bright white icing, try adding a little AmeriColor White Food Gel. It is amazing!
DIY White Sprinkles-make them a few days or weeks in advance. You can seriously stock up on DIY Sprinkles now so you’ll be ready for baking season.
Coarse White Sanding Sugar
Black Icing or Black Nonpareils for the eyes
Turkey Lacer, Boo-Boo Stick or Toothpick
Coffee filter to catch the excess sprinkles
Here is the tutorial for the Hibiscus Cookies that go with this set. There is also a list with links of the other cutters I used in this set.
- Begin by outlining and flooding the face, chest, arms and feet with the flesh colored icing.
- While the icing is wet, add the black nonpareils or two dots with black icing eyes.
- If you want Santa to have a belly button, add a black nonpareil.
- Let it dry for several hours.
If you are new to cookie decorating and you want more information on how to outline and flood cookies, click here.
- Next, pipe the hat and pants with the red icing.
- While the icing on the pants is wet, pipe a few white circles and drag a turkey lacer, Boo-Boo Stick or a toothpick through the circle to make a flower. If you’re a visual person you can watch the video below to see how simple this wet on wet technique is.
- Let it dry for a few hours before you move to the next step.
After the red icing on the hat an swim trunks has dried, place the Santa cookie in a coffee filter so you can add the fur.
- Pipe a dot of icing at the tip of the hat and on the hat brim.
- Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
- Use the white icing to pipe the fir at the top and bottom of the swim trunks.
- Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
- Let it dry for a few minutes.
See how great a coffee filter works for catching the excess sugar. Thank you Bridget at Bake at 350° for this amazing tip!
Aren’t his trunks cute?Next, use the white icing to make his beard. While the icing is wet, add the DIY White Sprinkles.
Don’t forget to do this step over the coffee filter.
You can make his beard look nice and neat by pushing the sprinkles in place with the tip of your finger. Let the cookies dry completely before you package or stack them.
Let’s talk about DIY Sprinkles for a minute. Now is a good time to use all of your leftover icing to make them. When Halloween and Christmas roll around, you’ll be prepared and it will save some money and also give your cookies a unique look with very little effort. You’ll be glad you made them I promise!
Making Christmas cookies in July has put me in a holiday spirit in the middle of a heat wave. Usually the summer heat makes me cranky like the Grinch before Cindy Lou Hoo made his heart grow three sizes but now I am full of cheer. There is joy in my heart and Mele Kalikimaka Cookies on my favorite platter. Life couldn’t be any better!
Are you hot and tired of being in the summer sun? Do you want to instantly change your mood? If your getting cranky and the humidity is making your hair look like you’re an Angora rabbit you may want to join me for a Christmas in July treat and make these Mele Kalikimaka Cookies. Come on! Even Bing Crosby would think this is a good idea.
More Christmas and Mele Kalikimaka Cookies:
Hula Cookie Tutorial by Clough’D 9 Cookies
Surfboard and Wave Cookies by Glorious Treats
Flip Flop Cookies by Glorious Treats
Palm Tree Cookies by Semi Sweet