Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

I have hosted several Christmas Cookie Exchanges in the past, but this past week I was a guest to one. I was finally in the running to try to win a prize so I needed to pick an award winning cookie recipe: thus I made these Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies. One of the main reasons was I could bake the shapes and freeze them a few weeks before the party and then decorate them the day before. Don’t share my secret but I used a sugar cookie mix since I just needed two dozen cookies! Homemade sugar cookie recipes are pretty amazing but I would save those for another time when I wasn’t spending a few hours decorating. I adapted the recipe from Taste of Home – 365 Days of Cookies Book. 

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

The key to these adorable elves is a diamond cookie cutter. The one I had was scalloped but a smaller straight edge one would be better. 

You can bake the cookies, allow them to cool and then freeze until you are ready to decorate. 

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

I used packaged cookie icing for these but if you are making several unique colors, definitely make your own royal icing.   The best way to decorate a bunch of cookies is to set out the sprinkles for eyes, noses etc out for easy access. 

Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

Allow the royal icing to dry completely, a few hours, before you attempt to put these in storage containers. 

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

 

Depending on how the cookies baked, some came out as Elves. 

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

 

While others looked more like reindeer. Use almond slivers for the ears. 

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

 

This is an award winning cookie, well for the local cookie exchange I attended. Well worth it as I am sure the young kids will love to take a bite out of some of their favorite holiday characters. 

Pin this when you are ready to start baking your Christmas Cookies.

 Holiday Cookies: Decorated Sugar Cookies

With some of these extra cookie dough scraps I made some simple stars to decorate the platter.

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