Schools are letting out for winter break and the holiday season is in full swing. Whether you are a cookie expert or figuring it out as you go, we’ve collected our favorite Christmas cookie decorating ideas to get you inspired!
Holiday memories are built from shared experiences and few are as iconic as the baking and decorating of delicious cookie treats. If you are hoping to avoid a Pinterest fail this year, we have the tips and resources you need. From the cookie recipe to icing consistency to creative decorating strategies, holiday cookie decorating is really about the time spent together. But we might as well make a sweet cookie while we’re at it!
Start With The Right Cookie
A good sugar cookie that offers clear edges offers the perfect base for decorating. I’ve personally used this Completerecipes.com version with great success. My favorite part? You can freeze the dough! I make a large batch of dough, divide into smaller portions (enough to make a sheet or two of cookies) and throw in the freezer. This makes it super easy to have multiple, shorter sessions of cookie decorating over the holidays. I can make a batch or two with my five year old, then a more perfectionist version after he’s in bed to give to friends or family. You can also bake the cookies and freeze, waiting to decorate later. This option might be best for families that have young children that you don’t want in the kitchen while the oven is hot.
Perhaps the most perplexing and challenging part of decorating cookies can be the Royal Icing. Consistency, recipe, application method – it can be overwhelming! But it doesn’t have to be. One key strategy for surprisingly simply but beautiful cookies is understanding the difference in icing used for outlining and flooding.
These simple and gorgeous wreath inspired cookies require only an understanding of flood icing and the ability to make dots! Easy and beautiful? That’s my kind of holiday cookie!
Other Than Icing
There are many other options for holiday cookie decorating beyond icing. Candies offer kid-friendly decorating options, especially when paired with adult-applied icing. Colored sugar, which you can make yourself, is another easy to apply alternative to icing. If the kids will be a part of the fun, try these strategies for setting everyone up for a successful cookie decorating experience, instead of a painful headache.
We Want to Know:
What is your favorite holiday cookie?