Holiday Cookie Decorating

The hosts share fresh, fun and festive ideas for decorating holiday cookies.

Sunny Anderson's Marbled Star Cookies are displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

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Jason DeCrow

Marbled Star Cookies

What you'll need:

  • Blue food coloring
  • White royal icing
  • Toothpicks
  • Star-shaped sugar cookies

How to:

  1. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to a bowl of royal icing.
  2. Swirl in the food coloring with a toothpick.
  3. Dip the top of a sugar cookie in the icing.
  4. Rotate your hand to create a swirl effect.
  5. Let the excess drip off into the bowl.
  6. Place on a rack to dry and harden.
  7. Repeat the dipping process with the next cookie, adding a few more drops of coloring after every few cookies.

Katie Lee's Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies are displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

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Jason DeCrow

Snowflake Gingerbread Cookies

What you'll need:

  • Snowflake stencils
  • Round gingerbread cookies
  • Confectioners' sugar

How to:

  1. Lay a snowflake stencil on top of a gingerbread cookie.
  2. Sift confectioners' sugar over the cookie.
  3. Remove the stencil.
  4. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Geoffrey Zakarian's Down the Chimney Cookie Stacks are displayed as seen on The Kitchen, Season 15.

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Jason DeCrow

Down the Chimney Cookie Stacks

What you'll need:

  • Red licorice
  • Melted white chocolate
  • Large black jelly beans
  • Chocolate-covered graham cookies
  • White frosting
  • Red frosting

How to:

Santa Leg Decorations:

  1. Cut the licorice pieces in half.
  2. Dip one end of a piece of licorice in the melted white chocolate.
  3. Add a black jelly bean to the end of the licorice on top of the white chocolate.
  4. Repeat to make a pair of Santa legs.
  5. Repeat with the remaining licorice pieces, melted chocolate and jelly beans.

Cookie Stack Chimney:

  1. Stack 4 to 5 chocolate-covered graham cookies with white frosting in between each layer.
  2. Spread red frosting on top of the chimney stack.
  3. Attach a pair of Santa legs to the cookie stack licorice-side down (jelly bean-side up).
  4. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
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