How to Ice a Holiday Cookie—Perfectly

December 3, 2012 | By | Comments (1)

snow Man Cookie

Cookie decorating season is officially in gear (and thanks to the Real Simple food department, I have an arsenal of supplies—miniature Menorahs, blue and silver sprinkles, icing galore—waiting in my kitchen). To make your iced sugar cookies look like they came from a professional bakery—that is, smooth, even and fully covered—just follow this advice:

First, outline the cookie using a bottle filled with icing, leaving a slight border from the edge of the cookie. (Using an icing bottle with a tip will give you the most control.) Then pipe icing onto the cookie to fill it in, and using an offset spatula, spread the icing evenly. Want to make it look really spectacular?  Shake the cookie after smoothing out the icing to eliminate bumps and allow the icing to settle.

And don’t forget to check out seven festive ideas for decorated cookies, and this easy recipe for sugar cookie dough.


  1. Laurie

    or you can do what I do when I’m in a hurry to get them decorated. You buy frosting in a canister, soften/melt it in the microwave, and dip your cookies into the melted frosting. It’s messy on your fingers, but the finish comes out nice and smooth. Just be sure to decorate the cookie with sprinkles or whatever as soon as you’ve done that or the frosting will set right away and nothing will adhere to it.

    December 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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