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Holiday Cookie Decorating Station

Holiday Cookie Decorating Station

Total Time To Complete: 161 Minutes
Makes: 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Suitable for ages 3 - 12


  • Sugar Cookies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder


Cookie decorating is a big part of our holiday celebrations. It’s something I do with my children every year.

So this holiday season invite some friends over and host a cookie decorating party. I’m going to show you how easy it can be.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.

In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth, and then beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients, making sure it is completely blended.

Cover your dough and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Flour a board and roll out your cookie dough. I find that the thinner the cookie dough the more shape is retained when baking shapes. Cut out your holiday shapes and place on a lined baking tray. Bake for approximately 11-12 minutes. I prefer mine softer, so normally pull them out once they start to brown just a teeny bit around the edges.

Cool on a wire rack.

Sugar Cookie Icing

• 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
• 1/2 cup meringue powder
• 1 cup water
• 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (clear if you want perfectly white icing)
• 1 tsp light corn syrup
• Food color – for making colored icing

Combine the meringue powder and water in a bowl with a mixer until foamy. Add in the extract and corn syrup, blend to combine a little.

Add the sifted powdered sugar, mixing on low until completely combined and then turning the speed up until the icing is shiny and peaks form. Be careful not to over mix.

You can add just a little more water (1 tsp or so) for flooding the cookies (creating a smooth texture all over) if you like. If you think you’ve added too much water and after testing the icing it doesn’t smooth over within 10-20 seconds then add a little more powdered sugar.

I also had some regular green icing from cupcakes on hand and thought that would be fun for Christmas trees because it doesn’t go hard so you can make it appear more ‘tree-like’.

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Pour your cookie icing into plastic dispenser bottles. Leave plastic knives out too for spreading. The bottle method is perfect for making details and outlines, and the knives are great for not only spreading the cookie icing, but also the regular icing.

The cookie icing hardens fairly quickly so keeping it in a bottle will help to keep it smooth and the bottles can be shared between the kids. Double up on the bottles though if you feel that kids will be waiting for certain colors for too long.

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Toppings for cookies
• Crushed Wonka® SweeTARTS® Candy Canes
• Wonka® Frosty Nerds®
• Wonka® SweeTARTS® Merry Mix
• Wonka® Gobstopper® Snowballs
• Wonka® Spree® Mini Candy Canes

Place candies into silicone baking cups and place on the table or on a tray so that kids can choose which toppings they would like to use for decorating their cookies.

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What else you need:
• Milk, because we love to nibble on candy and cookies while decorating
• Paper plates
• Napkins

Set all of your items up on a table so that children can pick and choose what they need to decorate their cookies. Decorate your table with simple holiday décor, using bright and fun holiday colors.

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Now have fun decorating. We sure did.

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The Wonka® Frosty Nerds® were definitely a favorite for decorating, and the crushed Wonka® SweeTARTS® Candy Canes made a fun winter scarf for my snowman.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size:1/3 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 3

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 260
  • Calories from Fat: 50
  • Total Fat: 5g (8% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g (16% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 20mg (6% of DV)
  • Sodium: 100mg (4% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 52g (17% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 40g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 0% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Tonya Staab

Tonya Staab

The Holiday Cookie Decorating Station was created by blogger, Tonya Staab. To learn more about Tonya, visit her blog at Create-Celebrate-Explore.

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