The Partiologist: Down the Chimney Cookie Platter!

Down the Chimney Cookie Platter!

Christmas is coming so I'm going to help you get ready....with the cutest cookie platter you ever did see.  I had this in my mind, sketched it out and got to work.  Lo and behold, it turned out just as I had imagined!  I'm pretty sure you're going to love it.
 
I took photos along the way and made printable templates for you to use.  You know, I'm starting early, giving you stuff.
 
Down the Chimney Cookie Platter!
 
Do you love it?

I hope so, because it took longer to make the tutorial than it did to make the cookies!
 
Each brick was laid just for you.
 
Not only am I a cookie decorator, turns out I'm a mason as well.
 
Fortunately, the only outdoor lights I strung were on the cookie chimney.
 
No ladder required.
 
Come with me now, grab your trowel and let's get started.
 
Remember I told you I sketched out the design?
 
This is it.
 
Starting with the bricks.
 
Added Santa's pant legs, right and left.
 
Then his boots.
 
And the furry cuffs which lay on top of the boots and pants.
 
Next the snow, partly covering part of the top row of the bricks.
 
And of course the lights.
 
Every chimney has lights.
 
Here it is at a glance.
 
And these are the templates I made for you.
 
In case you wanted to make the snow in pieces, I drew lines to cut them.
 
I did it both ways and I liked the solid snow cookie the best.
 
I probably would want that cookie...it is the biggest.

CHIMNEY BRICKS TEMPLATE

CHIMNEY PIECES TEMPLATE

CHIMNEY SNOW TEMPLATE
 
Mini Christmas light bulb cutter.
 
Rectangle cutter.
 
Altoid container which I used to cut the furry cuffs.
 
If you don't have these cutters, I made the template to print on letter size paper.
 
Another cutter I used was a giant stocking cutter.
 
Perfect for the boot if you trim the top.
 
And for you, a template to cut and use.
 
This is the snow, notice I cut the cookie a bit wider than the template.
 
I decided I wanted the snow to extend out past the chimney.
 
So be sure to extend the chimney!
 
Next I placed the template for Santa's pants on the dough and cut both the right and left.
 
Then five mini lights.
 
For the bricks, use the rectangle cutter and cut 12 full size rectangles.
 
Next, cut three rectangles in half, making six small cookies.
 
Bake and cool.
 
Once the cookies are baked and cooled, begin decorating.
 
Flood the 12 full size rectangles and the 6 half size rectangles with red royal icing.
 
Now the bricks are almost finished.  Almost.
 
Let the red icing dry.
 
Once the icing has dried, air brush black around the edges.
 
This was my favorite part of the decorating.  I love my airbrush!
 
(If you don't own an airbrush, you could paint around the edges with a paint brush and black food color thinned with vodka.  Vodka evaporates, while water will dissolve the frosting.  DON'T use water!)
 
Flood your snow cookie with royal icing. 
 
It's okay if your icing is a little too thin and runs over the side. 
 
Place the cookie on a sheet of wax paper and sprinkle with coarse sanding sugar.
 
If the icing has dried and the sugar won't stick, brush across the cookie with a bit of  Karo syrup and immediately sprinkle with sugar.
 
Next up is the cuff for Santa's pants.
 
Pipe buttercream frosting on the (Altoid shaped) cookie using the Wilton grass tip.
 
Completely fill the cookie with frosting.
 
Next is the lights.
 
Just like decorating my trees, lights take a bit more work.
 
Only because I mixed up five colors of icing for five little cookies.
 
Guess I'll have to find another use for the leftover color.
 
You could just mix a little icing in the five colors and use the corner of a small zip lock bag.
 
For the string of lights, press black fondant using a clay gun.
 
HO HO HO!
 
Down the Chimney I go!
 
Because Santa can't do it all, I've got you covered!
 
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14 comments :

  1. This is the most amazing cookie platter I have ever seen. I love the idea of just making your own template to create just about anything out of cookies. What a great dessert for a Christmas party and the fact that you don't have to cut it up to serve it is just a bonus!

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    1. Thank you Beth, I love when I can set out a dessert for people to serve themselves! :)

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  2. I love it! What a creative cookie platter and so much fun. Thanks for all the templates, I can't wait to make it!

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    1. You're very welcome, I'm so happy you're going to make it!

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  3. That is one great platter! Thanks for sharing the idea!!!
    Annette

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    1. You're very welcome, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This is absolutely adorable Kim! I hope you had a nice thanksgiving! Xx, M

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  5. This is absolutely darling, can't wait to make it for Christmas! Cindi

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  6. well it's usually at the end of the chimney (fireplace) where you find all the goodies, so this is one definite and wonderful exception! very very clever Kim! :)

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  7. Ohmygosh - this is just brilliant!! And SO.MUCH.FUN!! I love it... although I'm quite sure I'd never have enough patience for the cookies OR the tutorial ;)

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    1. Oh Rose, you're the best, thank you for the sweet comment! :) And yes, I'm pretty sure you could make it, I've see those cakes of yours!

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