3 easy ideas for decorating Christmas cookies with children

3 easy ideas for decorating Christmas cookies with children

3 easy ideas for decorating Christmas cookies with children

One of the happiest times I have with my nephews is in my kitchen decorating cookies to give out as Christmas gifts. They had more fun than I did, and the gift recipients enjoyed the homemade treats. Let me show you how to decorate Christmas cookies with your own children.

The easier the process is for the kids, the better. You need three things to get started: an easy sugar cookie recipe, simple royal icing decorations, and a few different colored tubes of pre-made royal icing so that each child can share the royal icing.

Here’s my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to get you started.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted (recipe tested with regular cocoa)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for two minutes on medium speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla and chocolate syrup. Blend well.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa and salt.
  5. Add to the butter mixture a little at a time until completely absorbed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  6. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before using.

The recipe makes 2 dozen cookies depending on which size cookie cutter is used.

Pre-Made Royal Icing Decorations:Several companies have pre-made royal icing decorations that you can peel off the paper and pipe onto baked sugar cookies. During the holidays, companies offer packages featuring Santa and his reindeer, snowmen, candy canes, snowflakes and other designs. I suggest you peel all the royal icing decorations off the paper by carefully removing the excess paper with a sharp knife, and then place all the royal icing decorations in a small bowl.

3 easy ideas for decorating Christmas cookies with children

1. Independent decorating:Place a plastic sheet on the floor under the table. Line the kids’ decorating table with a plastic tablecloth and place the baked sugar cookies on a tray in the center. Place the pre-made royal icing decorations in a bowl near the cookie sheet. Cut a medium-sized hole in some of the colored royal icing tubes so the kids can squeeze the royal icing onto their sugar cookies, put the top back on and place them on the other side of the cookie sheet. Place plastic coasters in front of each child and then place a plastic plate, tray, or sheet of wax paper on the table near them for them to place their finished decorated sugar cookies. Also, place plastic knives on each service so the kids can spread the royal icing on their cookies and paper towels cut into medium squares so they can clean their hands while decorating. You can also put out different types of spray bottles for them to use as well. Kids love sprinkles.

2. Observed decorating: This idea can be a duplicate of the first idea, except that you are there to watch and help the kids in their decorating. If you know how to use fondant, you can use fondant to cover the sugar cookies, and then help them punch out fondant flowers and other fondant shapes to decorate their cookies.

3. Group Decoration:This idea repeats the first idea, but on a larger scale, where a group of children participate in the decorating. Different types of sugar cookies can be baked and then distributed among the children for them to decorate and take different sugar cookies with them. Adults can buy the decorating supplies and put them in disposable bowls and place them on the decorating table for all the kids to use. Several adults will need to be on hand to restock and provide boxes for the kids to take their cookies home.

Any of these ideas can be done with success as long as you remember that kids have fun decorating cookies and creating their own edible masterpiece. And when you’re done, please don’t forget to take pictures of kids with their cookies. This could become an annual event.

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