If you need any more proof that 3D printing is taking over the entire world, an artist has created perfectly delicious, intricately designed Christmas cookies with the help of a computer model and a printing machine.

Ralf Holleis's printed Christmas cookies (Screenshot by Hyperallergic)

Ralf Holleis’s Christmas cookies (Screenshot by Hyperallergic)

Artist Ralf Holleis‘s 3D-printed Christmas cookies are created by packing a printer’s extruder full of colored cookie dough, then loading up a model that looks like something a robot might leave for cyborg Santa Claus. The printer pushes the dough out in swirls and loops onto wax paper that Holleis then puts in the oven, ending in a desert that not even the most detailed mold could make.

Now that 3D printers have replaced your loving grandmother in baking handmade Christmas cookies for your family, what else will they replace? 3D-printed Christmas tree ornaments are already common, but maybe real experts should attempt an entire holiday tree in a printer. Hey, you could reuse it every year! (Or just make a new one.)

Kyle Chayka

Kyle Chayka was senior editor at Hyperallergic. He is a cultural critic based in Brooklyn and has contributed to publications including ARTINFO, ARTnews, Modern Painters, LA Weekly,...