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Visions of Sugar Cookies

Decorating cookies is a fun way to spend time with the kids, and then have something delicious to show for it.

The Edible Canvas

Making holiday cookies is a project kids can really sink their teeth into. The cookie cutter shapes, festive sprinkles, and colored icings give kids plenty opportunity for creative freedom. Remember to take some pictures--they will definitely last longer than their creations.

Pick a cookie, any cookie:

Classic Sugar Cookies

Bake some old-fashioned cut-outs with the recipe below and decorate with icing, sprinkles, and/or candies--or use the same recipe to make some Thumbprint Cookies. Here's how:

  • Form 1-inch balls of dough and place on cookie sheet.
  • Use a spoon to make an indent in the middle of each ball of dough.
  • Put a spoonful of jam or preserves in the middle, and then bake as recipe indicates.

Spritz Cookies

You will need a cookie press for these, and they are best decorated with sprinkles, or you can place a piece of candied fruit in the center (cherries--mmm!).


Whether it's the "man" or the "house" version you are baking, this recipe will give you a good start (double it for a gingerbread house). See our gingerbread house advice articles for step-by-step instructions on building a house that’s good enough to eat.

Mailing Cookies

When making cut-out cookies for mailing, choose fairly sturdy shapes without too many pointy edges.

  • Pack decorated, dry cookies in a flat, sturdy container with a tight-fitting lid. Line it with parchment or waxed paper. 
  • Pack a selection of cookie shapes in a single layer, fitting them together as closely as possible. Now pile more cookies into the container, stacking same-shape cookies on top of each other.
  • When the container is full, put wadded-up pieces of wax paper or unbuttered air-popped popcorn into any empty spaces, then seal the lid. Wrap the container in bubble wrap, and pack it into a box. The cookies should arrive fresh, beautiful and full of home-baked love.

Kathy Sherman 
Jan. 21, 2011 7:00 pm
they look good
Dec. 25, 2011 3:11 pm
Do you have a clue as to what the name of a cookie cake that consist of orange juice, yellow cake mix, can cherries and a 12 x 12 baking dish. I remember only what I typed. However,I am not certain on the process of order to lay first in the cooking pan or the tempt and minutes to bake. I also remember the top being crunchy like Sara Lee's crumb apple pie crispy like. Thank You, Respectfully Submitted, I am
Dec. 25, 2011 3:13 pm
May someone please acknowledge that I am being read out there in the cumputer age world? Thank You. 
Mar. 3, 2012 4:27 pm
I love the articles and the experienced helpful tips! Anita, are you the author? I'm a bit confused by the Dec record.
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