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Best Christmas Cookies Decorating Ideas and Pictures

Updated on August 26, 2012
Sugar Cookies with Colored Icing (Photo: Samdogs/Flickr.com)
Sugar Cookies with Colored Icing (Photo: Samdogs/Flickr.com)

Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas

Need some inspiration for decorating Christmas cookies? Decorating Christmas cookies is a fun holiday activity for both kids and adults, and the best part is, you get to eat you creations!

This page includes pictures of decorated Christmas cookies and Christmas cookie decorating ideas.

Some Christmas cookie decorating techniques are basic while others may take a little more effort. Don't be afraid to improvise and use your imagination. (Scroll down for decorated Christmas cookies pictures.) *Note: Many of these Christmas cookies can be made from store bought cookies (already made) that are decorated with frosting, icing and candy! For example, the snowman cookies made from Oreos and the reindeer cookies made from gingersnap cookies.)

Embellishment Ideas for Decorated Christmas Cookies

  • White, red and green icing
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Red licorice
  • Peppermint candies
  • Confectioners sugar or powdered sugar
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Cinnamon red-hots candies
  • Snowflake candy sprinkles
  • Assorted chocolates (M&Ms, Hershey's Kisses)
  • Food coloring
  • Sugar

Melted Snowman Cookies Pictures

Melting snowman cookies. Sugar cookie dough, M&M for buttons.
Melting snowman cookies. Sugar cookie dough, M&M for buttons.
Melted snowman cookie with a marshmallow face.
Melted snowman cookie with a marshmallow face.

Easy Christmas Cookies: Snowman Cookies

Snowman cookies made with two sugar cookies, red hot or M&M buttons, gum drop hats.
Snowman cookies made with two sugar cookies, red hot or M&M buttons, gum drop hats.
Another version of easy snowman cookies. Use drops of sugar cookie dough placed close together on a cookie sheet.
Another version of easy snowman cookies. Use drops of sugar cookie dough placed close together on a cookie sheet.
Easy snowman cookies made from Oreos dipped in white chocolate. Hats made from colored sprinkles.
Easy snowman cookies made from Oreos dipped in white chocolate. Hats made from colored sprinkles.

Santa Cookies Ideas

Santa cookie (Photo:MarthStewart.com)
Santa cookie (Photo:MarthStewart.com)
Cute Santa cookies (Photo: GrammasCutters.com)
Cute Santa cookies (Photo: GrammasCutters.com)

Decorated Santa Cookies

Everyone knows Santa Claus loves cookies, but what Santa loves even more, is cookies decorated to look like him! To decorate Santa cookies, you should have lots of white icing, red sugar (add a few drops of red food coloring and stir), and chocolate chips (good for eyes). Coconut makes for a nice full beard.

The Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats blog has a cute and simple idea for making Santa cookies. These are made by decorating simple sugar cookies.

With this one, you don't have to worry about finding a Santa shaped cookie cutter, just use a round sugar cookie. His beard is made with icing (half-moon shape) sprinkled with coconut flakes. Use icing and sugar (made red with food coloring) for his hat. The trim of his hat is made with a ribbon of frosting.

Find the full instructions for these Santa cookies at Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats: Ho! Ho! Ho!

Easy Santa Cookies

Easy decorated Santa cookies (Photo: GoodEatsBlog.com)
Easy decorated Santa cookies (Photo: GoodEatsBlog.com)
Nutter Butter Santa cookie faces. Use white icing, chocolate chips for eyes, red hots for the nose, red sugar sprinkles for the hat and miniature marshmallow for the ball on Santa's hat.
Nutter Butter Santa cookie faces. Use white icing, chocolate chips for eyes, red hots for the nose, red sugar sprinkles for the hat and miniature marshmallow for the ball on Santa's hat.
Sugar cookie Santa faces.
Sugar cookie Santa faces.

Decorating Sugar Cookies

There are so many ways to decorate sugar cookies for Christmas. All you need is a little imagination and the sky's the limit. Here are some ideas for decorating sugar cookies:

Painted Sugar Cookies

Before baking, 'paint' the sugar cookies with a paint made from egg yolk mixed with a bit of food coloring.

When the cookies are baked, the egg yolk will dry and give it a glazed look. You could also make the paint from corn syrup, water and food coloring. The Food Network recommends 4 teaspoons of corn syrup and 1 teaspoon of water. (Source: Painted Sugar Cookies)

Decorated with Royal Icing

A popular way of decorating Christmas cookies, is with royal icing. You can either buy pre-made icing in tubes or make your own. Royal icing dries 'hard' so it is great for making borders and decorative lines.

Royal icing can be used to make poinsettias, stars, or whatever you like. Add a few drops of food coloring to white icing to make your own holiday colored palette. How about a green mistletoe flower with a cinnamon red hot for the berries? Be creative. The icing can also be used as an edible adhesive.

If you make your own, you'll need a way of applying the icing. You can easily pipe icing by filling a zip-lock bag with icing and cutting off a corner tip to make a makeshift pastry bag. Twist the bag, make sure all the air is out and give it a squeeze.

Pastry bag kits often come with different 'tips.' You can apply the icing to create different effects depending on which tips you use. Icing kits can be purchased in the baking supplies section of your local grocery store. These often come with different piping tips.



How to Make Royal Icing

To make your own royal icing, you'll need:

  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of meringue powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or almond, lemon extract)
  • 6 tablespoons of water

Mix the ingredients with a beater (or in a mixer) for about 10 minutes. After the consistency is right, add a few drops of food coloring.

Christmas Sugar Cookie Pictures (Royal Icing)

Wreath cookie, candy cane cookie, snowman cookie, gift box cookie, poinsettia cookie (Photo: WisconsinMade.com)
Wreath cookie, candy cane cookie, snowman cookie, gift box cookie, poinsettia cookie (Photo: WisconsinMade.com)
Christmas Tree Cookie (Photo: Handcraftit.com)
Christmas Tree Cookie (Photo: Handcraftit.com)

Snowflake Sugar Cookies Pictures

Snowflake Sugar Cookies (Photo:Jacki2.blogspot.com)
Snowflake Sugar Cookies (Photo:Jacki2.blogspot.com)
Snowflake Sugar Cookies (FoodNetwork.com)
Snowflake Sugar Cookies (FoodNetwork.com)

Angel Sugar Cookies Pictures

Beautiful Angel Cookies (SugarCraft.com)
Beautiful Angel Cookies (SugarCraft.com)
Pretty angel sugar cookies for Christmas.
Pretty angel sugar cookies for Christmas.
Simple Angel sugar cookie.
Simple Angel sugar cookie.

Reindeer Cookies Pictures

Reindeer Cookies (Photo:Mezkitchen.blogspot.com)
Reindeer Cookies (Photo:Mezkitchen.blogspot.com)
Reindeer Christmas Cookies (Photo: Lushlee.com)
Reindeer Christmas Cookies (Photo: Lushlee.com)
Easy Reindeer cookies made from gingersnap cookies. Icing holds on the chocolate candy eyes, nose and peppermint candy cane antlers.
Easy Reindeer cookies made from gingersnap cookies. Icing holds on the chocolate candy eyes, nose and peppermint candy cane antlers.
Nutter Butter reindeer cookies dipped in chocolate. Pretzel antlers.
Nutter Butter reindeer cookies dipped in chocolate. Pretzel antlers.

How to Decorate Christmas Sugar Cookies: Decorating Tips

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    • Fiona Jean Mckay profile image

      Fiona 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      The angels are gorgeous

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      What is the round face on the melted snowman cookie made out of?

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      Lou53 

      5 years ago

      Delighted that I found this site!

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      2patricias 

      5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Great photos!

      I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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      akaren2 

      5 years ago

      What did you use for the head and nose on the melting snow man cookies?

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      Lily 

      5 years ago

      LOVE those cookies, I will have fun with my 8 year old .

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      Laura Brown 

      6 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      You found a lot of them! I wish I could decorate cookies that nicely. I added your link to my Scoop.it topic. Thanks for sending it.

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      Mickie‚Äôs Little Red Wagon 

      6 years ago from The South

      Almost too many ideas. Great collection of holiday cookie decorating ideas.

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      Michal 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      wonderful ideas and lots of pictures! I saw some of these on pinterest and other places, but you really found the best ideas and put them in one place. thanks! looks like my niece and I will be having some fun soon!

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      Lilly May Rose 

      6 years ago from Australia

      These are great ideas. Great Hub!

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      someone 

      6 years ago

      These r cut cookie ideas

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      instantlyfamily 

      6 years ago

      Awesome Hub. I voted Up.

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      marianne 

      6 years ago

      its well good!!

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      Livin4Him 

      6 years ago from Wasilla, AK

      Wonderful layout...beautifully done! Thank you for all the hard work and effort that you put into this layout just so other's could benefit from it! Blessings!

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      momo 

      7 years ago

      love AKdude's hat

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      MOMO 

      7 years ago

      I love the cookie ideas. I will use them!

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      momo 

      7 years ago

      AWSOME

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      ingrid 

      7 years ago

      great cookies

      i will be baking them down under in aussie land

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      AKdude 

      7 years ago from Alaska

      Those are some beautiful cookies! Someone put a lot of work into decorating them.

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      Diane Inside 

      7 years ago

      These are great ideas, I love sugar cookies so I'm sure I will be trying some of these. I especially love the angel cookies, so beautiful. Too pretty to eat. Thanks.

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      They look so yummy and beautiful. Thanks for all the great ideas. Aloha!

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