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Christmas Truck Cookies are a festive decorated cookie for the holidays! They are easier to make than you think and are so special for Christmas time. Use my Perfect Sugar Cookie Cut Out & Royal Icing recipes!
I knew I had to make this cookie design when I first saw the cookie cutter for it. I was on the hunt for a unique and equally adorable cookie cutter shape for the holidays, and this one fit the bill perfectly.
This is probably the most complicated decorated cookie design I've done to date. However, I found that it is totally easy if you break down the process into simple steps. I'll show you how in this post!
Everything you need to make this Christmas Truck Cookie
- Sugar cookie dough
- Royal icing
- I make the entire batch of icing 15-20 second consistency. More on this later!
- The truck cookie cutter
- Red food coloring (I use Americolor's Tulip Red)
- Black food coloring (I use Americolor's Super Black)
- White food coloring (I use Americolor's Bright White)
- Green food coloring (I use Americolor's Moss)
- Gold lustre dust (I use this one)
- 1 small paint brush
- Piping bags
- Piping tips
- PME #2 Tip (or similar, I prefer PME tips because they are very high quality, seamless, stainless steel)
- Wilton Grass tip
How to make Christmas Truck Cookies
Once the cookies are cut and baked off, allow them to fully cool.
Dye a large portion of the royal icing red and fill a piping bag fitted with the #2 tip. A lot of folks don't use tips to outline and flood cookies, however I find that the look is much smoother when I use the tips. Totally up to you!
Using the red icing, outline and flood the truck portion of the cookie the same as I've done below. This is the largest area that you'll have to fill in with icing. After doing so, this is the point where I let them dry overnight.
Once the red icing is dry, you can finish the other details on the same day. The cookie will need to dry just one more day after that.
In the below photo, I've numbered each area to show you the order in which each element can be added.
It's important to follow these steps in order. Once the black tires are done, I like them to set and dry for a little bit before adding the fender (#6).
The window is easy and quick to fill in.
The tree is next and the gold headlight & taillight details are last.
Steps 1,2,3 and 6 are all used with 15-20 second flood icing.
Steps 4 & 5 are made with a thickened icing (it should hold a stiff peak). I find it's easiest to make the entire batch of icing 15-20 second consistency and then add a bit more sugar to thicken it up for the tree work.
If you'd like to read more about icing consistency and other royal icing tips, be sure to check out my post on royal icing.
Making the details
I piped all the areas with the #2 piping tip (as mentioned, piping bags with the tips snipped off can also be used).
For the tree trunk, I also used the same piping tip. The grass tip is used for the tree branches only.
To make the gold details for the lights, I mixed a small amount of vodka (everclear can also be used) with the gold lustre dust. Never, ever use water to paint cookies as it will dissolve your icing. Alcohol evaporates quickly which is why it works for painting cookies.
After all of the icing details were done, I allowed the cookie to dry overnight again. The fenders of the truck especially will need some time to dry thoroughly.
You could certainly add more details to this cookie!! I've seen other people add snow to the tree and the fenders which add an extra pop of detail. You can decorate the tree with sprinkles (ornaments).
I think this truck is really cute as is. Given I'm still working on my royal icing skills, I decided to not pipe out the door or details on the tires. I think these look really cute as they are!!
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