Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's 10 o'clock...do you know where your Elf on the Shelf is?

*I* know where he is!  At MY house!!!
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
I didn't hear about Elf on the Shelf until kiddo was about 10, but I've had the MOST fun watching all of YOUR elves and their antics on instagram, Pinterest and blogs!

{My nephews have an elf...my sister reminded me this week that the oldest one named him Pedro...and that just gives me the giggles.  Pedro is such an elf-y name.}

So, what do you know...I found a bunch of COOKIE elves all around my kitchen!

First, I found one in the chocolate chips...
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
{This is an elf after my own heart.}

Then, a bunch tried to mix things up in the KitchenAid...
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350

Now, this one jumped into a bowl of food colors...
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350

I'm a little concerned with this one.  He's trying to roll over his fellow elf and he sure seems to have an evil glint in his eye.
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350

Then, I found them all...gathered around checking out pictures of cute cookie makers on instagram.
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350

Want to make some Elf on the Shelf cookies of your very own?  Here's how:
elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
You'll need a template.  I found a picture online, and followed these instructions for making a template.  I also traced the major outlines onto the template and referred back to is as I was decorating.

Supplies:
  • cut-out cookies made with the template
  • royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor Bright White, Chocolate Brown, Copper, and Super Red
  • disposable icing bags
  • couplers and #2 tips
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
  • food coloring pens (black, pink, red and blue)
Use a #2 tip to outline the hat trim in white.

Use a #2 tip to outline the hair in brown.
{This is where I stared getting nervous...it really doesn't look like it's going to work, does it?}

Use a #2 tip to outline the face in copper.


Go back to the white and add a collar. (Reserve some of this white piping consistency icing for later.)

Use a #2 tip to outline the hat and shirt in red.

Thin the all of the icings with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer icings to squeeze bottles.

elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
Fill in the sections of the elves with the thinned icings.  Use a toothpick to spread to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Let sit at least one hour.

With a #2 tip, pipe eyes on the faces in white. {Kiddo calls these "zombie elves."}

Use the same #2 tip to go over the white outline on the hat and collar for some definition.  (Totally optional, but I think it looks nice.)

Let your zombie elves dry uncovered overnight.

elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
The next day, use food coloring pens to add the eye detail, eyelashes, smile and rosy cheeks.
(I used a picture of Elf on the Shelf as a guide.)

elf on the shelf decorated cookie tutorial...without a cookie cutter! from @bakeat350
Now, really....do you know where your Elf on the Shelf is?!?

67 comments:

  1. Ok so, I probably shouldnt tell you this, but this is the first time in my life I have heard about Elf on a Shelf! Am I weird? (Dont answer that.) These cookies are beyond adorable Bridget!!!

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  2. Adorable!!!! You make it look so easy!

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  3. Best idea ever, Bridget!! Seriously adorable!!

    WE have an elf...who I named Carlton. Yes,after the dorky guy on Fresh Prince. I just love when my son says "mom, come see what Carlton did!!" hilarious.

    LOOOOVE the cookies!!! They look just like the elf.

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  4. Too fun! I can't wait until our little pea is old enough for Elf on the Shelf!

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  5. See now that kind of elf I would like, 25 cookies to eat, I mean elfs to find. Super cute.

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  6. Those elves are just too stinkin' cute! I'd be worried about that one with the rolling pin as well. Adorable cookie makers the elves found as well ;D

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  7. Gorgeous cookies! By the way, it is 4 PM here in Rome:)

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  8. Gorgeous cookies! By the way, it is 4 PM here in Rome:)

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  9. Oh my goodness... These cookies are so adorable! What a fun idea! And, love all of the photos.

    PS - I have to say... The actual elf on a shelf's that they sell at the store are kind of creepy to me... But your version is much cuter. And, considerably less creepy!

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  10. Son preciosas!!! me han gustado mucho!!
    Saludos

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  11. Bridget I seriously have the biggest smile on my face! So funny and clever!

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  12. Shut up. That is too cute! You're so funny- love the evil glinted elf ;)

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  13. I have no idea what Elf on a Shelf is!!!! :P Love these cookies tho

    Amanda | http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  14. CUTE idea! Hey, did I miss the announcement of the blog2print book winner? Just wondering :)

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  15. Our elf Milton was once caught hanging a barbie over a shelf the monkeys from barrel of monkies.. so you rolling pin one had me in tears!! Those are so cute!!

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  16. Oh my goodness, these are sooo cute! They look just like the real thing!

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  17. Oh my gosh! These just couldn't be cuter if they tried. You never run out of fantastic ideas, and your cookie tutorials are the best. This elf takes the cake, so to speak! :)

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  18. HAHAHA we sell that elf at work and it sells like crazy! These cookies are adorable!

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  19. You are insanely talented!! The eyes alone....

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  20. Oh my gosh, Bridget, you captured him PERFECTLY! How clever you are:) This cookie is going to be a major hit! I sure love him!

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  21. These cookies are too cute. I still don't know what elf on the shelf is all about, but the cookies are cute. I will be using your tips tomorrow for some cookies I will be making.

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  22. These are just the cutest! If I can get my act together I would love to make these for my kids!

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  23. These are adorable Bridget and I think this is one of the most creative and cutest posts you have done to date. Love everything about it.

    P.S. My favorite...the elf trying to roll over the other elf with the rolling pin. Now what does that say about me? LOL

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  25. I just totally found my Christmas Spirit! Thanks for these. Going to have to bake up a batch this weekend!

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  26. These cookies are adorable! They almost make me forget how creepy I think Elf on the Shelf is :P hehe

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  27. hahahaha, i LOVE Elf on a Shelf, and I only learned about him THIS year (I'm 22)!

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  28. Whenever I make cookies with a face, I'm having the most difficult time with the eyes. Last time I made a Santa Clause, the eyes fell off the cookies. What's the secret in making eyes or letting it stay on the cookies???

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  29. My sister and I both collect these elves...or pixies as we call them! I'll be on the phone to tell her about these! Very precious! Happy holidays! ♥

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  30. It's so cute. Can you post the template?

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  31. i once ate a near entire bag of those Ghirardelli chips at someone's house--was looking for something sweet and was all I found. Afterwards I felt sick, guilty, dirty, bad. Just thought I'd share.
    Nice blog.

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  32. Oh is just beyond adorable! Amazing job on the cookies Bridget, not to mention the eye-catching photography! Love, love, love it all!

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  33. Haaaaa I love it Bridget! My Elf, Jingles got into my baking stuff and made a cookie of himself last week. My daughter was so excited to see her Elf made her a cookie. Just wish she got as excited when I made her some lol.

    http://www.baking-in-heels.com/2011/12/jinglesthe-elf-on-shelf.html

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  34. Adorable! And so clever. You're always a step ahead of the crowd!

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  35. So stinkin' cute! You've outdone yourself (again!) and the eyes... The eyes have it! They've captured my heart!

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  36. I like your cookie version so much better than the real one. He kind of freaks me out!

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  37. Oh Bridget, these are sooooo adorable! And, it also reminded me that I need to move our elf! :)

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  38. Your cookies just keep getting cuter and cuter!

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  39. Too too cute!........and you always make it look so easy!

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  40. Es verdad, son preciosas y haces que todo parezca tan facil. Feliz Navidad

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  41. I love your cookies Bridget. And believe it or not, this year is the first time I heard about Elf on a Shelf!

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  42. I've never heard of Elf on a Shelf before... I guess I'm not the only one though. These cookies are too cute

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  43. you make me smile...always. This is the best cookie idea of the season!!!

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  44. I've always thought the actual Elf on the shelf was a little creepy looking, so in our house we have another version "Christopher Popinkins" which is basically the same, but a little less creepy :) These are absolutely adorable though and completely NOT creepy. I think I will be doing these this weekend with the kids...I have a feeling my boys might like to keep a few 'zombie' elves :) Thanks so much for all your inspiring ideas!

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  45. I have been admiring these cookies on my iPhone, but was so excited to make my way over to comment on my BIG computer. My daughter is beside me giggling right now. I can't believe those silly little elves are checking us out!
    You capture the season perfectly with these little guys. Our elf arrived to our home last night. He was on the mantel & now he is sitting on a painting in the kitchen. I wonder where he will go next???
    He watches all of us...very, very carefully.
    XXOO

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  46. So great! You've inspired me. Thank you!

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  47. Oh my goodness! These are great looking! Thank you for sharing! My daughter would get a kick out of these! I am a new follower! Please stop by anytime! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Annamaria

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  48. I just cut a template from a mini plastic cutting board. I love this idea.

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  49. Your elfs are so wonderful!! Merry Christmas Lovie!!

    Nettie

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  50. Beyond adorable. You could make a fortune selling those. Someone will jump on that soon with a cookie cutter and all. Love 'em. We have been having a lot of fun with our elf on the shelf.

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  51. My son wanted an elf on the shelf - but my cheapo husband said no! LOL These are incredible.

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  52. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I'll put this idea back for next Christmas. Or maybe just a random cookie or two might magically pop up during the year.

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  53. Loved making these cookies! I had so many great comments on them and they're not as pretty as yours. Thanks for inspiring me. Can't wait to try a different design now--I think I'm hooked!

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  54. I do consider all the ideas you have offered on your post. They are very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for newbies. May just you please extend them a little from next time? Thank you for the post.
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  55. These are adorable! I learned a trick from a Wilton Cake Decorating class that I'm sure will be useful for cookies too.. you take a small piece of wax paper and use clear piping gel and trace the design you want and then invert onto cookie so now you have something to trace with the royal icing.. does make sense? Anyways.. I'm going to try these for 2012 Christmas - thanks for posting! :)

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  56. Would you be willing to make these and ship them?

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    1. Hey Elena!

      Thank you so much for asking, but I no longer accept orders. I promise you can make them! :)

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  57. I found this fun tutorial on pinterest. I'm hosting a Everything Elf on the Shelf link up and I would love for you to add this!

    http://www.shecookscraftsruns.net/2012/11/everything-elf-on-shelf-idea-party.html

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  58. i´m in love with this blog!!!!!
    Martina

    PS: there is a giveaway on my blog, have a look: http://homesweetbakery.blogspot.co.at/2012/11/giveaway.html

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  59. This Elf on the Shelf Cookie is so cute. Can you post your template please? I would like to make these cookies. Thank you.

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