How to Decorate Simple Little Elf Cookies

Santa is getting ready to make his yearly trip around the world delivering toys to all the good little boys and girls. He couldn’t do it without all the help he gets from his little friends. All of those adorable elves working away making toys for everyone.

So this year let’s give Santa something we know he likes and trusts. Let’s give him some Simple Little Elf Cookies.

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Supplies to Make Simple Little Elf Cookies:
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Cookie Cutter:
Royal Icing:

(15-second royal icing in disposable decorating bags and colored with AmeriColor Soft Food Gel Paste)

  • Tan- Mix ivory and a touch of Gold to get the color you like.
  • Green- Electric Green
  • White
  • Decorating Piping Bags from Truly Mad Plastics or Flour Box Bakery
  • Turkey Lacer
  • Food-safe marker to draw the pattern on the cookie.
  • Brown Food Gel Color and a detail paintbrush to paint the mouth, eyebrows, and ears on your elf. If you have a brown food-safe marker you can use it instead of painting the details.
Royal Icing Transfers and Free Patterns:

Edible Snowflakes for hat topper: I’m going to be 100% honest with you, I bought these wafer paper snowflakes a few years ago at Cracker Barrel. I’m not sure if they still sell them, but if you can’t find them, you can use these Snowflake Plungers to make some with fondant. 

Snowflake Plunger

  • If you’re going to make the snowflakes with the plungers you need to make them and the royal icing eyes a few days in advance so they’ll be nice and dry when you’re ready to make the elves.
  • Begin by baking some of Sugarbell’s ghost cookies. Let them cool completely before you decorate them.
Let’s do this:

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  • Draw the ears and the furry part onto the cookie.
  • Outline the face with the tan royal icing.
  • Flood the face and place the royal icing eyes while the icing is wet.
  • Use the turkey lacer to carefully move the eyes in place.
Time for the hat:

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  • Outline and flood the top of the hat with the green royal icing.
  • Use the turkey lacer to move the icing in place.
  • Let the royal icing dry overnight.

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  • Outline and flood the fir on the little elf hats.
  • Add a drop of royal icing on the point of the elf hat and add the snowflake.

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  • It’s time to add a few details. You can paint them on with food gel color or you can draw them with a food-safe marker. I painted these, but I would also draw them in a heartbeat.  The choice is yours.

How to Decorate Simple Little Elf Cookies Video:

Did you notice the expressions on their faces? I like to make them look different and kind of like they are up to something. Are they happy or sad? Are they overwhelmed? I think it’s fun to try to guess what they’re doing. How about you?

How to Decorate Simple Little Elf Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

Are you making elves this Christmas? I wish I could make some elves that could help me with the Christmas tree, baking, and the dishes. Well, I take that back. I like decorating the tree, and baking, and believe it or not, I don’t mind doing the dishes. I also don’t mind making simple little elf cookies so I guess I’ll preheat the oven and bake some more. This time I think they need red hats!

Bear hugs,