Sugar Cookie Decorating Made Easy for Young Kids

Sugar Cookie Decorating Made Easy

My girls love decorating sugar cookies for the holidays, for obvious reasons. The cookie is one of the least important parts to them in this process; it is merely a vehicle for mounds of sugar, frosting, and sprinkles. Because of this, I have a hard time making sugar cookies from scratch, rolling out the dough to cut with cookie cutters, then baking said cookies to perfection when their delicious taste will be masked by the inordinate amount of sugar on top.

So when I saw the easy cut out Pillsbury cookies at Market Basket (no this is not an ad), I was super excited. I can pop them in the oven for 12 minutes and then the kids can still take part in the part they enjoy – decorating. They come out of the packaging in already formed snowmen and tree shapes.

Little girl pours red sugar on sugar cookie

Decorated sugar cookies with red and green icing and sprinkles

I did end up using the icing recipe on the back of the box because they did not have cookie icing left at the store. It was not a difficult recipe, but it did come out a little grainy (honestly it was probably the baker’s error). And the kids critiqued my “red” icing telling me that I don’t know the difference between red and pink. Otherwise, I was happy with how it came out for what I needed it to be.

Can you tell what the shapes were originally? Not really. Do the kids care? Not at all. They are thrilled with their creations and enjoyed sharing one with their elf on a shelf.

Two girls spread icing on sugar cookiesAnd then I can get on with some of the more serious cookie making I need to do this holiday season. My list typically includes cookies like the ones below:

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Candy Cane Cookies 

Country Raisin Ginger Snap 

Pretzel M&M Hugs
(perfect for daycare holiday party treat)

Looking for other holiday crafts and recipes to do with the kids this season? Try these awesome holiday cookie recipes. 

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