It's cookie decorating day!

Over the past few years, one of my hobbies has been cookie decorating. I've got a great sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe. I have also been teaching myself to pipe and flood cookies like a boss! I definitely do not consider myself an expert with the decoration part yet, but I keep working on it!

Since we've started the 25 Days of Christmas series this year, a cookie decorating blog post has been the most requested topic! Of course, the friends requesting this post know that I've been dabbling in fancy cookie decorating over the past few years, and I'm sure they'd love to see a full tutorial on everything I've learned so far. We have plans to release a more robust series on cookie decorating in 2021! How exciting!

So, in preparation for the fancy cookie decorating series, we shared the recipe for the easiest and tastiest sugar cookies yesterday. We also want to share a basic Christmas tree cookie design tutorial using store bought icing and sprinkles. This will allow you to practice your dough-making, cookie-cutting, and icing skills!

Let's get started!



For this design, you will need to:

  • Make sugar cookie dough.

  • Cut cookies in Christmas tree shapes.

  • Bake cookies.

  • Allow cookies to completely cool.

  • Gather decorating supplies. You will need some green and white store-bought cookie icing and some Christmas sprinkles. I have tried several cookie icings, and my favorite is Walmart's Great Value Cookie Icing. I also found the Christmas light and nonpareils/sprinkles for this tutorial at Walmart.

    Helpful hint: When you buy your cookie icing, you typically have to cut the tip of the icing bag. I like to cut the tip at the first mark, which gives you the smallest amount of icing flowing from the tip. If you cut a larger hole, it's a bit harder to manage the icing flow!

  • Decorate cookies! For this step, I have created a quick video tutorial. I thought it would be a lot easier to show you how to decorate the cookie than to write out all of the instructions. I mean, who wants to read all of those words anyways?



Have fun decorating!