This Frosting Trick Will Make Christmas Cookie Decorating Totally Easy


'Tis the season for sugar, spice, everything nice and, of course, Christmas cookies.

Planning on throwing a cookie decorating party? You've come to the right place.

We've officially come up with the easiest method for dressing up your holiday treats. Just whip up one big batch of buttercream frosting, set out holiday sprinkles and let the decorating begin!

Oh, and maybe serve some mulled wine or spiked hot cocoa on the side.


- cookie dough - 2 sticks unsalted softened butter - 4 cups powdered sugar - 1 tbsp vanilla extract - 2-3 tbsp water - red and green food coloring - holiday sprinkles - holiday cookie cutters (tree, star, stocking, gingerbread man)

Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roll out your cookie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes using holiday cookie cutters.

Step 2. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool.

Step 3. In a stand mixer, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and water.

Beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.

Step 4. Divide frosting into three bowls. Keep the first bowl of frosting white. Add green food coloring to the second bowl and mix. Add red food coloring to the third bowl and mix.

Now you're ready to roll!

Step 5. Time to decorate the cookies. We used a straight 4-inch icing spatula to frost everything.

It's easiest to start with your frosting in the center of the cookie and then slowly work your way to the edge.

Frost the stocking and gingerbread man cookies with red frosting, topping with crushed peppermint sprinkles. We also gave the man three white snowflake sprinkles for buttons.

Yep, these are definitely Santa-worthy.

These would also make great hostess gifts for the holiday season.