Decorating CookiesFrom easy to elegant, decorated cookies let your inner artist shine.
Finally, choose your decorating style
Are you a decorating minimalist? Don't have the patience for hours of painstaking piping? Imaginative use of a few basic cutters, icing, and colored toppings are all you really need to make good-looking cookies
Are you a cookie artist? LOVE playing with multiple bags of tinted icing to create simply gorgeous works of cookie art? We can help. See our complete cookie icing and decorating tips
Select your icing
Cookie glaze is thin, satiny, and dries hard. It's perfect for adding a written message, or coating with colored sugar (see below). Read more about cookie glaze consistency
This spreadable frosting is similar to buttercream, and stays soft on your cookies. Add sugar decorations for a fun or elegant touch.
This icing dries hard and opaque, and can be spread or piped atop cookies. Which type of royal icing should you make? Read more about royal icing consistency
Try this basic decorating technique
Start with a freshly iced cookie; you want to work while the icing is still wet.
Lay the cookie on a piece of parchment. Generously cover the cookie with sugar or sprinkles.
Gently tap off the excess sugar.
Use the parchment as a scoop to transfer the excess sugar back to a bowl, for further use. The cookie can take several hours to dry.