How to Make Mrs. Claus Cookies
Sometimes Christmas can be all about Santa. However, there's one unsung hero that often gets overlooked-- Mrs. Claus!
You know she's probably the grease that makes the North Pole run like a well-oiled machine, holding down the fort while Santa is away on his sleigh. One of my favorite Christmas commercials from last year was this very touching Marks and Spencer ad. It showcased just how covertly awesome Mrs. Claus can be.
It's probably no secret now, out of all the new Christmas cookie designs I released last week, the Mrs. Claus cookies are my favorite. It's only fitting I wanted to bring more attention to this first lady of winter by showing you how you can make your own Mrs. Claus cookies.
Mrs. Claus Cookie Cutters
For these Mrs. Claus cookies, I offered two options: a full-body design, or a quicker-to-decorate head-only version.
For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the full-body design, but the same steps would apply to the head option, as well.
Template for the Mrs. Claus Cookies
To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for all the Christmas cookie designs shown. In the file you will find a template for Mrs. Claus, Santa, the snowman, and an elf. Also, there's a separate second template for the head-only designs.
You can download the FULL-BODY cookie templates HERE.
You can download the HEAD-ONLY 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 Decorating Process
For these Mrs. Claus Cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:
- Flesh Color royal icing (I mixed a Americolor Copper and Americolor Ivory.)
- Holiday Red piping and flood icing. (I used Americolor Tulip Red.)
- Holly Green icing (I mixed Americolor Egg Yellow with Mint Green.)
- Yellow piping icing ( used Americolor Egg Yellow.)
- White icing (I used Americolor Bright White.)
- Black icing (I used Americolor Super Black.)
For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the face and center body should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.
Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood alternating sections. I began with the face and the shirt first. I let those sections set up for about 20 minutes, then moved on to the chest, the bottom skirt detail, and the top of the head.
Continue filling in alternate sections, as shown below.
For the collar and apron details, I would wait until the base layer was fully dry (about 2 hours) before layering the white on top. This is just to prevent any possible color bleed of red onto the white.
Add the finishing touches and Mrs. Claus is ready to hit the town!
The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.
Here's the finished Mrs. Claus cookies along side with the rest of her Christmas friends.
And as mentioned above, if you're pressed for time during the busy holiday season, these head-only versions are a great alternative.
As for packaging, Mrs. Claus works great as a pair with Santa, or on her own as a single gift favor. The cutter size for the full-body version will fit perfectly in these 7″x4.25″ gift boxes or in this smaller 4″x4″ gift box.
Printable Gift Tags
To add a bit of flair to these Mrs. Claus cookies, my brother at Owl House Co. created a coordinating printable tag for my Christmas collection.
This tag works great with the Santa and elf designs, as well. My brother has a snowman tag coming soon, so be on the lookout for that in his Etsy shop in a few days.