Since I'm just starting to dip my toe into this cookie thing I haven't been doing much Christmas baking. In fact the only Christmas cookies I did this year were some Christmas minis to go along with a party gift. They were just basic Christmas shapes but I wanted them to be a little special. So I thought what I really need is a little baby Jesus. Don't we all :)
a jelly bean cookie cutter - or something close
peach colored flood icing in a thick consistency
white flood icing in a thick consistency
various piping colors for the details
I'm sure someone must make a jelly bean cookie cutter but I don't own one. Instead I used half a plastic jelly bean from Easter and it worked just fine. You could also use a moon cutter or a half circle and trim the edges a bit.
Start by outlining and filing the face with the thick peach flood icing. Let that set up a little bit while you are working on other things. Come back and fill the rest with white. Let dry for several hours or overnight. Add the ears, eyelids and nose in flesh. Pipe "swaddling" lines in white.
For extra impact add a little hair and a halo. Now, I think the halo is essential for this desgin because it's a symbol we link instantly with Jesus from art history. If you're making a lot of Christmas cookies you probably have yellow anyway, but if you don't have yellow I think it's worth mixing just for these cookies.
Here's wishing you a Merry and Joyful Christmas!