Cute & Easy Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas for Beginners

by Kristiyana

How to easily decorate sugar cookies? What are some easy decorating ideas you can try for quick and charming results?

Preparing Christmas-themed cookies is one of the most beloved and cherished traditions for many families. Baking the cookies might be as easy as pie, but what about the decorating part that comes after? Can beginner bakers do it? With our super easy Christmas cookie decorating ideas, they sure can!

Cute & Easy Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas for Beginners

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Baking Christmas cookies with my mother is one of the things I most look forward to about my trip back home for the holidays. We usually opt for simple decorative designs, as neither one of us was born with patience or managed to learn some during our lives so far. Let me just say that both of us are Scorpios. Anyhow, I felt personally inspired to write this article and will give you some of the tips and tricks that my mama and I have tried over the years. Here they are!

Simple White Icing Cookie Decorations Recipe

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Making white icing for your Christmas cookies from beaten egg whites and sifted icing sugar is very easy and probably the quickest option for decorating! My mother and I usually go with this option most times. Here is what you will need:


  • 1 cup/112 gr powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • Lemon juice

How to prepare: 

Sift the powdered sugar twice. Beat it with a wire whisk or with a mixer and with the egg white. Add 3–4 drops of lemon juice and beat again until you get a thick, homogeneous mixture. Fill a piping bag or regular small plastic bag, and you are ready to create!

Tip: If you add a drop of food coloring to the white icing, you can color the icing (for example green or red, perfect for Christmas).

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And lastly, but not least, my mother and I top the white icing cookies with some colorful sprinkles! To make your Christmas cookies even more festive, sprinkle them while the icing is still soft. After, leave them for an hour or two to set well.

Also read: How to Make a Gingerbread House from Scratch with Royal Icing Without Eggs

Colorful & Easy Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas

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You don’t need to bother with decorating every inch of your sugar cookies, but can make simple decorations with some colorful icing! Here’s how:


  • 1/3 cup/75.3 gr softened butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • About 1/4 cup/61.3 ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to prepare: 

With a hand mixer or in a stand one, beat the softened butter with the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. Separate it into different bowls, and add your food coloring of choice to each bowl. Mix it in. Fill piping bags or regular plastic bags with the icing and start decorating! Create cute snowflakes on your cookies or embellish Christmas trees!

TipIf your icing comes out too thick, add tiny amounts of milk and thoroughly mix the icing until it is your preferred consistency.

Also: Grandma’s Linzer Cookies Recipe for a Wonderful Christmas!

Or you can always simply tie a bow around some cookies for a beautiful decoration! 

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Gingerbread cookies are a Christmas classic & must!

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Simple & cute reindeer cookie decorations with red M&Ms 

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Hang your decorated cookies as Christmas tree ornaments!

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Also read: How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs Without Mold? Super Easy Recipe

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