Decorating a Minimalist Nativity Cookie Set for Christmas

Written by Mike Tamplin • Dec 07, 2023

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Decorating a Minimalist Nativity Cookie Set for Christmas
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This Christmas, elevate your festivities by decorating a Nativity Cookie Set featuring Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and an angel. In this guide, we'll keep things delightfully uncomplicated, using royal icing to bring a touch of magic to your cookies. Perfect for both novice and experienced bakers, these minimal designs promise a stress-free and memorable holiday activity. Let's dive into the joy of creating edible masterpieces that capture the essence of the season.

Christmas Nativity Cookie Cutter Set

This Nativity cookie cutter set  includes 4 designs: Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and an angel.

Each cookie cutter is the same dimension at roughly 4" tall and 2.25" wide.

The set of four cookies will fit in this BRP long cookie box (12" x 5" x 1.5").

Christmas nativity cookie cutter set

Template for the Nativity Cookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for this new Christmas designs, including this nativity set design.

You can download these cookie templates HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Cookie Decorating Process

For these nativity cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For the Mary cookie, begin by first painting on a thin layer of white icing where the empty space between the face and the arm is located.

Then fill in the bottom skirt section with red icing, as shown.

Once the skirt icing had time to set, fill in the feet, face, and outline the hand sections.

nativity mary cookie step 1

Step 2

Next, fill in the veil section with light blue icing and fill in the hand section. Let this icing set.

Then add the strip of hair with brown icing, and the red sleeve.

nativity mary cookie step 2

Step 3

Lastly, for definition, I outlined the veil with light blue icing.

nativity mary cookie for christmas

Step 4

For the baby Jesus cookie, begin by fill in the bottom brown section, as shown.

Then fill the remaining top section with gold icing.

baby jesus cookie step 1

Step 5

Once the base layer had time to set (about 20 minutes), add the head detail.

Then add the light blue body and the tiny ear details.

nativity baby jesus cookie

Step 6

Lastly, I added lines on the baby swaddle wrap and outline the hay detail on the crib.

nativity baby jesus cookie for Christmas

Nativity Cookie Set Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together below.

Here's the complete nativity set.

I didn't breakdown the steps of the angel and Joseph designs because they are very similar to the Mary cookie above.

christmas nativity cookie set

For gift packaging options, I love this BRP long cookie box (12" x 5" x 1.5"). All four cookies fit perfectly with wiggle room to seal them in heat-sealed cello bags.

Christmas Nativity Cookie set in a box

If you like these boxed Christmas sets, here are more ideas using our Christmas cookie cutters linked below:

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