How to Decorate Cookies

Decorate cookies like a pro with our video and step-by-step guide.

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How-To: Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing

Make professional-looking decorated cookies at home with just a few tools and a little imagination.

Tools to Use

These tools make decorating easier: candy sprinkles, mini offset spatula, squirt bottle, piping bag and food coloring.

Royal Icing

First, let cookies cool completely. Then make royal icing, a mixture of egg whites and confectioners' sugar.

Get the Recipe: Royal Icing

Start with Outlining Icing

For outlining icing add a little extra confectioners' sugar — you want the consistency to be thick like paste.

Add Food Coloring

Remember, a drop of food coloring goes a long way.


Use a piping bag with a small tip to outline the shape of the cookie. If the icing is too loose, add some more confectioners' sugar.

Steady Hand Tip

Hold the bag in the hand you write with and the tip in the other hand as a guide. Gently squeeze the top of the bag. When you're done, set the cookie aside to dry.

Filling in Cookies

For a solid color, use the squeeze bottle or a spoon to fill in the outlines. This is called "flooding the cookie."

Adding Solid Colors

Use a thinner icing for this step, with a soft pudding or gravy consistency. If your icing is too thick, simply add water.

Cookies with a Solid Color

Let the base color dry a little before decorating.


Use a piping bag to decorate the cookies.


This is the time to add cute candies or sprinkles for decoration.

And You're Set

Have fun and use your imagination when decorating.

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