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A Simple Guide to Sugar Cookie Decorating

The only thing better than eating sugar cookies is decorating them (at least IMO haha!) 🙂 One of my very favorite activities is baking and decorating sugar cookies for an upcoming holiday or event. There are so many creative ways to decorate cookies, and they always seems to impress a crowd!

Thanks to my talented momma, I’ve learned some sugar cookie decorating techniques! Although I’m far from a professional, I’ve definitely improved my cookie decorating skills following this method. I hope you enjoy!

1. Bake your sugar cookies and make your royal icing

Check out this recipe to make your sugar cookies. I think it’s the best recipe out there! 

Once you bake your cookies, you’ll also have to make the royal icing (also found in this post). I use Americolor food coloring (it seems to work the best), and I usually stick to three colors for a batch of cookies. It makes them look much more cohesive!

After coloring your icing, you’ll need to add it to a piping bag with a tip. If you’ve never used a piping bag before, check out this helpful tutorial video. 

Here are some tools you might find handy: 

2. Pipe your cookies

The next step will be outlining your cookies with piping. I like the thickness of a #3 tip (linked below) for this step. The purpose of piping is to make a neat outline that will keep your flooding in place (see the next step!!). 

P.S. – it’s okay if it doesn’t look perfect!

3. Flood your cookies

Before you flood your cookies, you’ll want to make sure the piping has hardened completely. 

Squeeze out some icing into a small bowl and add a little bit of water to thin out the icing. Mix with a spoon. The consistency should be similar to Elmer’s glue: thin enough to spread, but not so thin that it’s runny. Adding too much water will also make it take forever to dry! Continue to add more water or icing until it reaches the right consistency. But make sure to keep some icing in the piping bag so that you can use it to add detail later! 

Use a small spoon or squeeze bottle to fill in (or “flood”) your cookies. The piping will help keep the thinned icing in place. You may also want to add some sprinkles while the icing is still wet. 

5. Add details and get creative!

After the flooding has hardened, you can decorate your cookies with more piping. Add details, cute sayings, and fun designs! This is the most fun part — the possibilities are endless!  Check out my cookie pinterest board for inspo 🙂 

5. Make a platter.

When your decorating is complete and the cookies are dry, arrange them on a cute platter. I’ve found that no matter how good or bad you think your cookies turned out, they always look good grouped together! I also like to make a “title cookie” to place in the center.

Here are some of the batches I’ve decorated in the past: 

Learning to decorate sugar cookies definitely takes some practice. I was terrible when I first started, but after a few tries, it became much easier. I learned helpful techniques and copied many ideas from pinterest! 

I hope you enjoyed reading through the steps I follow to decorate sugar cookies! And, no matter how your decorating turns out, they’re bound to still taste delicious!!! 

 Have you ever decorated sugar cookies like this before? Comment below if you have any tips! 


much love,

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Megan

    I love all the cookies!! So cute and they look so yummy!!

  2. Shavon

    Your cookies are beautiful! I love to bake, but have always been intimidated by decorating cookies because I’m not very artistic. You’ve inspired me to give it a try.

    1. Kamrynn

      Thank you!! It’s a lot of fun, even if they don’t turn out how you expected!

  3. Noell Marie

    I am now motivated to make sugar cookies – thank for the inspiration! Now, I can put all of my piping tools to good use!

  4. Heidi

    These are so cute! I love to bake, and even decorate cakes. Decorating cookies is much harder for me for some reason. Thank you for the tips! I will have to try it again soon!

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