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(Video) How to Decorate Christmas Cookies – Simple Designs for Beginners

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It’s not even Thanksgiving for some of you, yet here I am with another Christmas themed video. I hope you don’t mind that I’m a preparing early and have more holiday-themed cookies to share with you. These ones are fairly simple to make and I find them so endearing. Thanks to Meri Meri for most of the design ideas and adorable cookie cutters, which I found at How Sweet is That?’s shop. If you’d like to start baking and decorating early, click on the links to find posts on freezing cookies, thawing cookies and the shelf life of cookies.


I also have some exciting news for you regarding a holiday giveaway! You’ll find the details after the tutorial info. below.


How to Decorate Christmas Cookies – Simple Designs for Beginners

Click here if you can’t see the video.


Cookie Recipe

These are gingerbread cookies; you can find the recipe here. There are other cut-out cookie recipes here.

You cand find the cookie cutters I used by clicking on the corresponding word below (some of these are affiliate links):


Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.


Decorating Items

What you’ll need (These are affiliate links):

Decorating Steps

This video on outlining and flooding is a good place to start if you’re new to decorating cookies with royal icing. These cookie decorating basics YouTube videos may also be helpful to get you started.

Besides the video tutorial on YouTube which I’ve shared above, I’ve also shared a few how-to videos on Instagram, which you can see here.



  • For more detail on how to make royal icing transfers (the little “peppermints” I made for the trees), this post here explains how to near the bottom half of the post.
  • The trees are inspired by stickers. More explained in this post.
  • Thanks for your feedback on Instagram regarding the size of Rudolph’s nose. 🙂 I ended up mainly going with the smaller red candy, but the larger one is definitely fun.


  • I used non-edible silver disco dust in the video because I had it on hand, and some of the cookies are for demonstration purposes and the others are going on a friend’s tree. You can buy edible sparkle here. Just make sure it’s labelled as edible.
  • I can’t find the exact mitten cookie cutter online, I originally bought it at Target, but you can find similar ones here.
  • The video is in fast forward for the sake of time, but if you have any questions about the decorating process, please feel free to ask below!


Holiday Giveaway News!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a giveaway. I’m so excited to share that I’ll be hosting a holiday giveaway very very soon, likely tomorrow, which includes the following prizes:


One person is going to win ALL of those prizes! I would be excited to enter, and can’t wait to share the giveaway with you!


If  you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line below in the comment section or on social media. You can find me on FacebookGoogle+InstagramPinterestTwitter and YouTube.




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  1. Kate
    November 15, 2016 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are amazing! You make it look so easy!

    • marian
      November 16, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Thanks Kate!

  2. Roshini
    November 16, 2016 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    Dazzling cute they are!

    • marian
      November 16, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Thanks Roshini!

  3. November 16, 2016 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Your cookies look truly amazing! Can you tell me where I can find these fabulous cookie cutters?

    • marian
      November 16, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Jovana,
      Thanks! I have listed the sources I can find in the blog post. There are a few that I can’t find online anymore, so have put similar links. Hope that helps!

  4. Maria Theresia
    November 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marian,
    Beautiful creative amazing Christmas cookies again! You make it look so easy to do. The video is very well done. I love the background melody! NOW, I just hope for a study hand like yours!!!!
    Thank you for taking all this time to teach me your admiring talents.

  5. Brigett Broyles
    November 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I hope it’s not to late to enter, and this is the right place. Just got started decorating cookies and this would be a great help.

  6. Trish
    November 20, 2016 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    wow thats all i can say and thank you for the inspiration and links to buy the supplies so excited to get started!!!!

  7. Lena
    November 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Hello Sweetopia, thank you very much for this tutorial. I bought Meri2 Cookie cutter set Rudolf and Santa, thanks to you for sharing the info 🙂
    May I know how long I need to bake them since they are quite large? Thank you for answering 🙂

    • marian
      November 24, 2016 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lena,

      Wonderful, I’m so glad to hear it!
      It will depend on how thick yours are, but in my oven, with my gingerbread cookie recipe (and you can see how thick they are), it was 12 minutes.
      Hope that helps!

  8. Kimberley
    November 24, 2016 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I would like to know how you make all your royal icing colors. Especially black!

    Thank you,

  9. marian
    November 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Kimberley,

    Colors like black and red take A LOT of food paste/gel coloring. Here is a post for you on how I color my red icing, and it is very similar to black;

    Hope that helps!

  10. Kyla
    November 26, 2016 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Going to attempt these next weekend ! Also love the white plates with the puffy dots around the edge – where did you find those?

    • November 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Have fun decorating Kyla!

      I got the plates from Home Sense, this season, so they should be there if there’s a store near you.

  11. Carolina
    December 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Love these cookies! Is the snowman’s face a different color than his beard? If so, what color? Also, how do you get the shade of icing for the reindeer?

    • marian
      December 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Carolina! Yes, Santa’s face is a little beige. I used Wilton ivory, and for the reindeer, Wilton brown.

  12. Kel
    December 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    I admire your work.

  13. Alexis
    December 18, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I stumbled across your site and am COOKIE HEAVEN! I’m literally running out the door to get supplies & make these. I hope they can look half as good as yours do! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • marian
      December 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Alexis, you are so cute! I hope you have fun and feel free to ask me questions here if you have any… I’ll do my best to answer quickly.

  14. Amir Hussain
    December 23, 2016 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Very good

  15. Abdul Rahman
    December 23, 2016 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    So cute they r…really nice to see this..amazing..

  16. Nona
    December 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Can i get your recipe of sugar cookies? i have made them with wilton’s recipe but they have lost it’s shape 🙁

  17. Pam DePoy
    October 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Marion! I’ve looked through your links but didn’t see one for the side Reindeer cutter, did I miss it? Thanks!

  18. Kate
    October 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are just so beautiful!! I was all set to order the santa and reindeer but it seems they are sold out. Do you recommend any other santa and reindeer cutters? Thank you so much!! Love your blog <3

  19. Erin
    December 16, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are beautiful! Looks easy when you do it, but I can only imagine how long it would take me to make them look so good.

  20. Beverly Guhl
    December 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    How big are your cookies? The cutter links either don’t go anywhere or they go to amazon in general but not specific cutters. Gorgeous work and fabulous website!❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • marian
      December 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Beverly,
      Yes, I linked to the general pages of each cookie cutter shape because sometimes Amazon sells out of the specific cutter if I link to it. Which shape(s) are you looking for and I can share some specific links here in the comments.

  21. Jen
    December 13, 2018 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Hello, I watched your video tutorial on these cookies. I was wondering about the swirls on the Santa’s beard. You made a note of the icing being “thick icing”. Did you mean a thicker consistency than 10 second icing? Could you please share how many seconds thick icing would be?

    I was also wondering if you believe in drying the cookies under a fan or allowing them to dry at room temperature without anything else?

    • December 13, 2018 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Hi Jen,

      Sure, the icing that is thick will make a peak if you dip and lift a spoon out of it. Explained another way; dip a spoon into your icing, lift the spoon out and pull away… If the icing you just lifted the spoon out of leaves a little peak that doesn’t disappear back into the icing, you have thick icing.

      I dry my cookies at room temperature, here is a video on my tips here:

      Happy decorating!

    • Jen
      December 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for taking the time to explain it!

    • Jen
      December 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marian, is your wavy tree cutter 6.5” or 5.5” long please?

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