Holiday cookies can be fun to make, well-decorated, and delicious. With great dough recipes, frosting ideas, easy shapes from cookie cutters, and artistic decorations, your cookies will be the star of the holiday table. With a little time, you can make cookies that look like these!
Start With Your Base
A creative, tasty cookie starts with a great dough. Sugar cookies are crowd pleasers, and make a great canvas for icing and decorations. Try our sweet, buttery Shortbread Sugar Cookies for an easy start to your cookie creations.
- A little bit of lemon or orange zest goes a long way to brighten up cookie dough for any occasion.
- Give dough a colorful tint with a bit of food coloring.
- Try different extracts like maple or coconut, or sprinkle in spices like cinnamon or cardamom to flavor your dough.
Frost Your Creations
You can’t go wrong with buttercream—it’s a classic for a reason! Because buttercream is thicker than cookie icing, you can get lots of texture with it. Spread or pipe on designs using a piping bag, or use buttercream as a glue to stick sprinkles or candies on.
Get the Look
Use an offset spatula or spreading knife to spread a layer of frosting over the cookie. Sprinkle sanding sugar over the frosting. Then use a piping bag and small round tip to pipe the lines on top of the pumpkin.
Tip: Use different colors (or swirl them together) for each section of the pumpkin for an ombre effect.
For intricate designs that will harden after setting, royal icing is the best choice. Work quickly, though—this icing sets fast!
Get the Look
Outline your cookie with white royal icing, then “flood” the inside until the entire cookie is covered. Before the white icing sets, draw a swirl pattern on top with black-tinted icing, starting in the center and working outward. Using a toothpick, start at the center point and drag it outward through the icing to the edge of the cookie. Repeat this process around the entire cookie until you weave your web!
Add the Finishing Touches
Complete your cookies with decorations! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Add sprinkles before baking by pressing them into dough slightly to help them stick. They’ll add a fun pop of color!
- After cookies have baked and cooled, you can add any kind of icing or brush cookies with a bit of corn syrup to keep sprinkles on your cookies.
- Use melted chocolate to drizzle or spread onto cookies, or dunk the cookies into it!
- Top your cookies with candies to make designs or add color.
Use Cookie Cutter Shapes for Different Designs
Pumpkin cookie cutters make a great apple cookie to add to your fall platter, or switch it up to something different and make a little elephant.