Decorating sugar cookies has been one of my favorite hobbies for as long as I can remember. When my sisters and I were growing up, my mom — who is the world’s best party planner I might add — would decorate cookies and cakes for our birthday parties. As we got older, decorating  sugar cookies become a tradition in our house. For every upcoming holiday or event, you can bet there will be a cookie platter!

Our cookies tend to impress crowds, but I must disclaim: they are FAR from professional! We make them simply for fun, but we’re always researching new techniques and searching Pinterest for inspiration. Below are a few of our original cookie creations. Also check out my Sweeten the Day Pinterest board for more!

A key part to decorating sugar cookies is having the right tools ! Here are a few I recommend. 

  1. MixerA mixer is an absolute must. I recommend using a stand-up mixer, but a hand mixer will work just fine (that’s usually what I have to use!). 
  2. Joseph & Joseph Rollin Pin. I love this rolling pin because the interchangeable discs on the end help me roll out the dough evenly and at the right thickness. You can also use a regular rolling pin with wooden doles, but I find this rolling pin to be much easier. 
  3. #1, #2, & #3 piping tips. A good collection of piping tips is nice to have. I find that I use #1, #2, and #3 piping tips the most: #3 primarily for piping edges and #1 and #2 for writing. Keep in mind that you’ll want a tip for every color of icing your using on the same batch. 

There are many, many tools you can use to make your cookies unique. Click the tools below to shop. 

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