21 Fun And Creative Cookie Decorating Ideas. Because Christmas.

Yes, it’s already December. No, you have not entirely missed the cookie decorating train. Stop moping like these Melted Snowmen Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies | Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

…and soon you’ll have a collection like this!

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by SHORECOOK

1. The eyes have it.

Recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by somtimz

2. Reindeer games are always fun.

Recipe: Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Cookies | Photo by Ashley Schof

3. This squirrel knows what’s up. He’d remind you that you can replicate this happy sandwich cookie with any shape of cookie cutter.

Recipe: Frosted Molasses Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Frosted Molasses Ginger Sandwich Cookies

Frosted Molasses Ginger Sandwich Cookies | Photo by JPMJ

4. As we’ve long known, it’s the accessories that make the outfit.

Recipe: Old Fashioned Butter Cookies With Butter Frosting

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting

Old Fashioned Butter Cookies with Butter Frosting | Photo by Doughgirl8

5. Yeah, I’m tired of everyone stealing my cookies, too. Monograms FTW!

Recipe: Delilah’s Frosted Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Deliliah's Frosted Cut Out Sugar Cookie

Deliliah’s Frosted Cut Out Sugar Cookies | Photo by Lolalita

6. Or, you could always move out into your own place…

Recipe: Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts

Classic Gingerbread Cutouts | Photo by Celia

7. But then you’d miss your family…even the dog!

Recipe: Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by angela

8. Then again, you could finally get that pet hedgehog you always wanted…

Recipe: Hedgehog Cookies

Hedgehog Cookies

Hedgehog Cookies | Photo by foodelicious

9. And if you do, he needs a happy home (obvs!).

Recipe: Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms

Meringue Mushrooms | Photo by abapplez

10. OK, OK, time to focus. Graphic designers LOVE to talk about the value of white space. Apparently, it’s a good look for cookies, too.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies | Photo by Grumpy’s Honeybunch

11. The details are what make a cookie extra special, like the tiny gingerbread men on this tree. And what would you place inside this edible snow globe?

Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Rachel

12. Love the tangled Christmas lights in the reindeer antlers.

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men | Photo by footballgrl16

13. And to imagine how excited the tool fan in the family must have been to get these.

Sugar Cookie Glaze

Sugar Cookie Glaze | Photo by footballgrl16

14. Don’t be afraid to bust out ALL the cookie cutters from back in the day. Dinosaurs like Christmas, too! (Recipe: Sugar Cookie Icing).

Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by MW

15. You’d be amazed how much fun you can have just with circles.

Recipe: The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies | Photo by augustmoon

16. Fun with circles, continued.

Recipe: Glaze Icing

Glaze Icing

Glaze Icing | Photo by Kay Gooding

17. The layered look works for cookies, like these stacked snowflakes.

Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Marianne

18. You could even decorate a holiday sweater to match!

Fuzzy recipe: Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men | Photo by Lizzy Cat

19. This fellow seems upset that he’s sans sweater! More likely, he’s upset about his lost arm.

Recipe: Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing

Sugar Cookie Icing | Photo by Tana

20. Or, envious of this man’s mustache.

Recipe: Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men

Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Man

Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Man | Photo by Maryam

21. Or maybe, like so many of us, he just misses Mom.

Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men

Eileen’s Spicy Gingerbread Men | Photo by LilCheer

Now that you’re full of ideas, bake up a batch of cookies to use as your blank canvases. You’re going to need some frosting and icing, aren’t you? Whip some up, then get started with basic cookie-decorating tips. Next, host a cookie decorating party and let your friends in on the fun.


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