Your Best Holiday Cookies Ever: Tips & Tricks for Baking & Decorating

by Sami

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I may not have put lights on my house or even decorated a Christmas tree yet, but I have made several batches of cookies already! I know I could use some baking help, so I brought in one of the best – Courtney Spiegl from Baked on 8th – to share some tips and tricks for making and decorating the best Christmas Cookies.

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Tips for Making the Best Holiday Cookies Ever

I may not have put lights on my house or even decorated a Christmas tree yet, but I have made several batches of cookies already! I know I could use some baking help, so I brought in one of the best – Courtney Spiegl from Baked on 8th – to share some tips and tricks for making and decorating the best Christmas Cookies.

Let’s first talk about the dough: chilling your cut out cookies before baking (leads to them holding their shape best).

sami cone and courtney from baked on 8th in nashville with decorated christmas cookies

Cookie Cutters

Speaking of shapes, rectangles, squares, and circles allow so many options rather than buying a ton of cookie cutters. And don’t let Pinterest & Instagram intimidate you, use them for inspiration!

Top Cookie Making Tools

If you are looking for the top tools to make your baking life easier, Courtney suggests investing in a measured rolling pin, piping bags and bottles, and meringue powder). If you don’t have those things a Ziploc bag works, parchment paper doesn’t. You can omit meringue powder but it doesn’t harden the same (you can get it at Kroger or Amazon). 

Frosting & Decorating Holiday Cookies

When it comes to frosting cookies, there are a couple tips that make all the difference, such as flooding and piping. Pipe an outline of frosting around your cookies before flooding them (filling them in with icing). Let that dry before decorating for the perfect holiday cookie.

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