These candy canes have a vintage look that was so easy to pull off! The holly leaves are simple, but a pretty and traditional touch to my cookie wreath. I can’t wait to show you how to make these cookies yourself.
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Christmas Cookie Wreath Part 2
My last blog post was all about how to make pine cones and pine branches that helped make up my Christmas Cookie Wreath. If you missed that one, be sure to check it out when you are finished here.
Now, it’s time for my candy canes and holly leaves! These two cookies are grouped together in this post because they are most definitely the easiest of the wreath cookies. That said, they are still fabulous!
I just fell in love with the candy canes… swoon! They were inspired by primitive style decor as my cookies often are. Then there are the holly leaves. I think they are a must anytime you are talking about a wreath.
Here you can check out the video of how I decorated them.
Preparing The Cookies
I cut out my cookies using one of my many candy cane cutters. If you don’t own one already here is one like mine. I used 4 candy canes for my wreath but you could use more if you wish. For the holly leaves, I used a holly cutter like this one. I ended up using 12 leaves but I strongly suggest making a few more. Your platter size will affect how many leaves you’ll need.
Preparing The Icing
Here is the recipe for my favorite royal icing. Once you make your icing, You will need some that is left white and thinned to a thick flood consistency. You will also need some that is colored green and mixed to the same consistency as the white. The green I used was Wilton’s Juniper Green.
For my piping and flooding, I used tipless bags and just cut small holes at the tip. To do this just make sure you line your bag up with one seam over the other seam. You want the seams the be running down the center of the bag, then snip off the tip of the bag.
Candy Cane Cookies
Let’s start with the candy canes.
First, outline and flood your cookies in white and let your icing dry.Once your cookie is completely dry you are ready to paint the first set of lines. I used Edible Art Paint in red (but you can use gel food color and alcohol if needed) and a wide, flat paintbrush.
Simply paint your thick stripes along the cookie mimicking the stripes on a candy cane.Then, when your thick stripes are completed, paint thin lines between the thick ones. You will just need a fine tip paintbrush and the same red Edible Art Paint.
Set your cookies aside and allow the paint to completely dry. When your paint has dried you are ready to airbrush the candy canes. I used Amerimist warm brown and just shaded the edges of the cookie. It gave the candy canes a tea stained look that was just what I was looking for! Once the airbrush coloring has dried you candy canes are finished.
Now it’s time to go over the holly leaves. You will love how simple they are to make! Before I talk about the holly cookie, though, I want to discuss the berries.
I actually didn’t pipe the berries onto the leaves. I made royal icing transfers by piping lots of berry cluster (groups of 3 berries) onto wax paper and allowed them to dry. Then I went over them with my airbrush and Amerimist red. I used this on my bow cookie also so I felt like it gave me a cohesive look.
When I assembled my wreaths I just placed clusters whenever I wanted the berries to be. I loved the flexibility this gave me.
If you are worried about the berries moving around, you can attach them to your cookies after you arrange the wreath and know where you want them to go.
First, outline and fill half of your leave. I like to curve the line going down the center of the cookie.
Allow your icing to dry to the touch before moving on to the next step.
Next, just repeat the first step for the other side of the cookie. Then, allow your icing to dry.
You can stop here, or you can add shading to your cookie by airbrushing it. I used Amerimist Avacado green.
Spray the edges and down the center of the cookies. Allow the airbrushing to dry, and your holly leaves are complete!
That’s it! We’ve gone over pine cones, pine branches, candy canes, and holly leaves… next up are my bow and candle cookies.
Keep an eye out!
Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating! xoxo, Katie