Aaaah December! You know what that means; a chill in the air, poinsettias, Christmas trees going up, and a new batch of McGoo U videos! Wahoo! 3 awesomely talented students joined me for this month's McGoo U: Bobbi of Bobbi's Cookies & Cutters, Cami of Cami's Cake Co., and Ang of Icings by Ang. We had a blast decorating together. We decorated 3 wintry cookies and tried out a lot of new techniques. It was so fun spending the day with them!
Our special guest cookier dropped in at the end of class to check on our progress. It was none other than Callye of Sweet Sugarbelle! You know; the "Mother of all Cookiers", cutter vision guru, the inspiration of millions of cookiers around the world... yeah, THAT Callye! She showed us how she creatively re-purposes cutters to make her perfectly adorable Christmas characters (Expert Lab). A turkey for a Santa?! an exclamation point for the North Pole?! Genius I tell you! Then we all sat down and chatted about how a negative experience inspired her to blog, how she helped move the Cottage Food Laws along, and what her favorite things are to cookify. Little Liv (Callye's baby) makes an appearance and joins the conversation... and bites my finger! It's how she shows her love. (Mixing It Up).
After school Callye and I have a Christmas gift exchange that starts with (what else?) COOKIES! and gets a little out of hand. Let's just say there may be a chainsaw involved! (After School).
Filming the Christmas segments was so fun! In between filming was extra fun as well because Bernie (Callye's husband) also came so it was like a big double date with Mr. John and I... +1 because you can't forget Liv! She is so irresistibly cute and sweet. We are totally BFFS!
There is an extra video tucked in this month. It's like that little package you find under the tree after you think every gift has been opened. It is is a fun little bedtime story, told through cookies. I hope you share it with your little ones and it makes you feel all snuggly and Christmassy.
So, come cookie along with the Christmas episodes. Thank you so much to my fabulous fellow decorators Ang, Cami, and Bobbi for joining me this month! And thank you to Callye. I am so honored to call you friend and that you came to be my special December guest. I must have been a good girl, because I got what I wanted for Christmas!
All of the segments can be viewed as a show, but the McGoo U in particular is meant to be a class experience that you can cookie right along with. So, if you'd like to cookie with me, here is what you will need for this month's McGoo U:
McGoo U December Supply List
- 3 Cookies (truck with Christmas tree, 3" square, hand cut owl shape PDF) FORGET hand-cutting! You can get this fabulous cutter from Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters here! How fantastic!
- Royal Icing: black, white, aqua, and green
- 5 Piping bags (optional closure of your choice)
- couplers & rings (optional)
- 3: #1 or #1.5 tips (your preference)
- 1: #2 tip
- white sanding sugar
- Paint palette with brown, orange, & silver (metallic and luster dust mixed) food coloring
- Silver dragees (small and large)
- black pearl dragees (can use black frosting)
- sparkle gel (can use isomalt or corn syrup)
- Parchment or wax paper
- reindeer silhouette PDF
- Filbert paintbrush
- Liner detail paintbrush
- cup of water
- paper towel
- Fill one piping bag with black royal icing of 20 second count thickness, coupler, and a #1 tip or use a tipless bag with a small opening.
- Fill one piping bag with flood-consistency white royal icing, coupler, and #1 tip (I use about a 12 count thickness)
- Fill one piping bag with piping-consistency white royal icing, coupler, and #1 tip
- Fill one piping bag with green piping consistency royal icing, coupler, and a #1 tip. (I tinted mine with Wilton Juniper and Americolor Electric Green).
- Fill one piping bag with aqua flood consistency royal icing, coupler, and a #1 tip. (I tinted mine with Wilton Teal).
A lot of these supplies can be modified to your preferences. If you use tipless bags, you can forgo the tips entirely or you can choose to use different food colorings. (Click here for a detailed guide to setting up your palette) I always appreciate when people make things their own and let their own creativity be their guide. I'd love to see your creations! This is all about having fun and not stressing. Happy cookie-ying!