Best Christmas Cookies Decorating Ideas and Pictures
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
Melted Snowman Cookies Pictures
Easy Christmas Cookies: Snowman Cookies
Santa Cookies Ideas
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
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)
Snowflake Sugar Cookies Pictures
Angel Sugar Cookies Pictures
Reindeer Cookies Pictures
How to Decorate Christmas Sugar Cookies: Decorating Tips
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