How to Decorate Elf Cookies – Video Tutorial

It’s not even Thanksgiving for some of you, yet here I am with another Christmas themed post. I hope you don’t mind that I’m a preparing early and have more holiday-themed cookies to share with you. These ones are fairly simple to make and I find them so endearing.

Thanks to Cheap Cookie Cutters for making the cookie cutters! You can find the Santa Ornament Cookie cutter here and the Santa Elf here.

And thanks to Pier One Imports for the elf design and to Target for the Santa ornament design!

If you’d like to start baking and decorating early too, click on the links to find posts on freezing cookies, thawing cookies and the shelf life of cookies.

Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a post on basic royal icing consistency.

Cookie Recipe

These are sugar cookies; you can find the recipe here. There are other cut-out cookie recipes here.

Pico Projector

I’m not great at drawing, so use a Pico projector to help me trace my designs.

So, what is a Pico projector? It’s a small, hand held size projector that I use to project an image onto my cookie. It’s plugged into my iPad and mounted on this Arkon mount below.  The mount is called the Remarkable Creators Phone and Tablet Stand, is $139.99 and you can get it on Arkon’s site here. You can get 20% off with the coupon code sweetopia. You should know I am an affiliate of Arkon and Amazon, but only share products I use and love with you.

You can find a full Pico Projector video tutorial here

Decorating Items

What you’ll need (These are affiliate links):

  • Piping Tips – PME #1.5, PME #2.5,  PME #3
  • Tipless Piping Bags
  • Piping Bags
  • Couplers
  • Gel Colors; Wilton Ivory, Wilton Pink, Wilton No-Taste Red, Wilton Black, Americolor Forest Green, Americolor Mint Green
  • Scribe Tool or Toothpicks
  • Dripcolor Edible Ink Pens, green and yellow
  • Pink Powder Food Coloring
  • Pico Projector (If you need a projector to help trace the design).
  • Arkon Remarkable Creators Phone and Tablet Stand (20% off with coupon code sweetopia) (To hold the projector)
  • iPad (Image for projector)
  • Mini HDMI to HDMI cable  (doesn’t come with the Pico projector)
  • Lightning to HDMI Adapter (Adapter for HDMI cable to attach to iPad)

Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing. These cookie decorating basics YouTube videos may also be helpful to get you started.

Besides the video tutorial on YouTube which I’ve shared above, I’ve also shared a few how-to videos on Instagram, which you can see here.


  • If you wanted the elf’s pants to look smoother you could do one or both of the following; make the icing a little thinner so it settles flatter (it just ends up looking less puffy), and pipe the whole body and legs as one section, and once that has crusted over, pipe the lighter green band.
  • To make the skin shade for the elf, I used Wilton Ivory with a touch of pink.
  • I like the tipless piping bags for piping tiny, thin lines, but prefer the PME tips for other piping.
  • Here is video on piping lines if you’d like a tutorial.
  • Thanks for your feedback on Instagram regarding the red or pink elf cheeks.  Most people picked light pink, but I did just a few with the red cheeks too.
  • You can find a tutorial for the peppermint candy, Christmas tree and candy cane in this digital download.

If  you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line below in the comment section or on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Happy decorating!