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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Stenciling Sugar Cookies

    Spread Buttercream Frosting over cookies. Place stencil over cookies; sprinkle colored sugar over cutout area. Carefully lift off stencil.
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    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.
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