Get party-planning tips, cookie-decorating ideas, and top-rated recipes for a fun holiday activity all ages can enjoy.
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The Day Before
Make-Aheads. Bake several batches of cut-out cookies a day or two in advance so they’ll be cooled and ready to decorate at party time. Sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies are Christmas favorites. Prep and refrigerate cookie icings and frostings a day in advance. This sugar cookie icing dries nice and hard—perfect for cookie decorating.
Hot Chocolate Bar. Lay out the basics for creamy hot cocoa and let guests add all the extras–marshmallows, peppermint sticks, sprinkles, and other festive fixings.
Decoration Station. Create a special cookie-decoration area. For easy clean-up, cover a table or countertop with butcher paper. Set out the pre-baked cookies, bowls of icing, decorating gel, sprinkles, edible glitter, and candies. Be sure to include lots of paper towels, and let adults help out if needed.
Decorating Tips and Ideas
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Take a look at these tips for decorating cookies, including how to add color to frosting and how to dip cookies in chocolate. This video will get you started with basic cookie decoration techniques. If you need ideas and inspiration, check out these creative Christmas cookies decorated by Allrecipes community members.
Packing Cookies to Go. To make sure cookie creations arrive home safely, provide small, sturdy boxes for each guest, with sheets of parchment or tissue paper to layer between cookies. Have ribbon and name tags ready to personalize each delicious boxful.
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