6 Pretty Ideas for Decorating Christmas Cookies

From glazing to stenciling, try these unique ideas and recipes to add a festive touch to decorate your Christmas sugar cookies.

View as Slideshow

Drizzling Your Sugar Cookies

Drizzling Your Sugar Cookies
Place cookies on wax paper or a wire rack over wax paper. Prepare Chocolate Confectioner's Sugar Glaze; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons water until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle evenly over cookies. Let dry completely.
Get recipe for Confectioner's Sugar Glaze

Glazing and Decorating Sugar Cookies

Glazing and Decorating Sugar Cookies
Spread Confectioner's Sugar Glaze over cookies; let dry. Pipe designs onto cookies using a contrasting color of royal icing.
Get recipe for Confectioner's Sugar Glaze
Get recipe for Royal Icing

Flocking Sugar Cookies

Flocking Sugar Cookies
Prepare Buttercream Frosting. Combine 1 cup frosting and 1 1/2 teaspoon water; stir until smooth. Place in a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in the corner of bag. Pipe desired design onto cookies. Immediately sprinkle with colored sugar. Gently shake off excess sugar. Let dry.
Get recipe for Buttercream Frosting

Content continues below ad

Dipping Sugar Cookies

Dipping Sugar Cookies
Prepare Chocolate Confectioner's Sugar Glaze; stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons water until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into glaze, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack over wax paper. Let dry completely.
Get recipe for Confectioner's Sugar Glaze

Stenciling Sugar Cookies

Stenciling Sugar Cookies
Spread Buttercream Frosting over cookies. Place stencil over cookies; sprinkle colored sugar over cutout area. Carefully lift off stencil.
Get recipe for Buttercream Frosting

Marbling Sugar Cookies

Marbling Sugar Cookies
Spread Confectioner's Sugar Glaze over cookies; let dry. For each desired color, stir 1/2 teaspoon water into 1/4 cup glaze until smooth. Tint with food coloring. Tightly crumple a 12-inch square piece of wax paper into a ball; lightly dip into colored glaze. Press onto cookies; repeat until desired pattern is achieved. Let dry completely.
Get recipe for Confectioner's Sugar Glaze

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.