Joyful Christmas Cookies

Cookies and photo by Sweet Sugar Belle

Today I have a very special guest post from my good friend, Callye, also known as Sweet Sugar Belle.  Callye always amazes me with her creativity, and she has a special talent for envisioning simple cookie cutter shapes as new and creative designs!  Callye recently created this amazingly sweet set of “Joy” cookies, and is sharing them us today!  I just love everything about this beautiful platter of cookies…. the colors, the adorable snowmen, and especially the beautiful and creative “Joy” cookies!

Now sit back and enjoy a peek into the creative mind of Sweet Sugar Belle


Hello Glorious Treats readers!

Joy cookies are very special to me because they remind me of my friend Glory and her precious daughter Joy.  I make them every holiday season and you can too.  All you need is a simple stocking cutter.

Use the stocking to piece together the base.

Bake and let cool. It’s important to let pieced cookies cool before moving them so that they don’t break at the seams.

Use royal icing to flood and decorate as desired.  This tip will help you to perfectly print “JOY” on the cookie.

For a little dimension, use a smaller cookie as the “O” and mix with other fun cookies like holly leaves and creative snowmen.  I also used this idea to create these “JOY” cookies!  For the snowflake cookies, I used inspiration from these pretty snowflakes by Ali Bee’s Bakeshop.

I hope you spend this holiday season baking pretty cookies for the ones you love!  Happy baking, cookie friends!


Thanks again Callye!

Be sure to peek in on Callye over on her beautiful site, Sweet Sugar Belle.   She is currently in the middle of an incredible series of cookies for the 12 days of Christmas, and each post is simply breathtaking!


  1. These cookies are so darling! I love the colors and the snowman scarf:)

  2. Love these. Espeicially since my name is Joy too.

  3. Awe! Auntie Joy!

  4. These are the cutest holiday cookies ever! I especially love the snowmen. :)

  5. You always make the most beautiful cookies! I love the colors and the fun of these. Fantastic job as always.

  6. Can I ask how, do you get the thicker icing? Same recipe just less water?
    They are gorgeous- love them!!

    • Yes, with royal icing you are in control of how thick or thin you make it. For the areas that yo want the icing to flow and lay flat (usually the base of th cookie), then thin the icing to about the consistency of corn syrup. For areas where you want the icing to keep some body, use less water, and keep your icing about the consistency of traditional toothpaste. Hope this helps!
      Happy decorating!

  7. I love Callye from Sweet Sugarbelle! She is so talented!!

  8. These are beautiful cookies!!! Great guest post :)

  9. Oh what FUN!!! I love how you make the JOY out of stockings! :)

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! So creative and the colors are perfect! And I like the snowflakes too. 😉

  11. Now that is what I call creative!

  12. I love these, the joy cookies are so pretty! Love the snowmen too!

  13. so cute and creative! and i just love the colors!

  14. I love that Callye used 2 stockings for this!! Genius that girl is!

  15. So pretty, so creative (love the Joy cookie) and love the colours.

  16. I’m in love!! So lucky to know both of you & call you my friends…you’re both amazingly talented!!

  17. wow. truly impressive and beautiful to look at. perfect for the holidays! i wish i could make these!

  18. Cookies are so pretty! Little snowflakes are so cute!

  19. Seriously adorable set of cookies! And SERIOUSLY – how does she come up with those incredible ideas – two stockings put together to spell JOY – oh my gosh! GENIUS!

  20. Wow these are amazing. You have a true talent! Was wondering where you purchase your glittery dust on the cookies? Thank you

  21. So so cute. May have to try….someday.

  22. all is beautifulllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!


    thansk so much!!!

  23. Hi Glory,

    You and your blog are awesome!
    Thaks for share the beautiful things you do, from your recipes to your parties and crafts.
    I’m just an amateur baker happy to learn and enjoy from people like you.

  24. These are GORGEOUS! Love the colors!

  25. Beautiful! But I want to know how to “glue” the two sections together? Sometimes when I do that my cookies end up breaking from that section :( What’s the secret?!? :)

    • As long as you nest the dough pieces nice and closely together, they will bake together just fine. You will need to be more gentle with them, especially right from the oven. Once covered in royal icing, the icing will help hold them togehter too.

  26. Well I was feeling proud, when I decorated cookies for my kids in the themes of Star Wars of Futurama, but THIS is something different. It really looks great, but I am sad at the same time, because I know that I will never be able to make something like this, my hands are shaking too much to make such precise lines.

  27. Love ur blog and I admire your work. How do u get ur icing so Shiney and Vibrant? Your cookies are so awesome!

  28. Absolutely beautiful.

  29. Beautiful cookies! The joy design is so clever!!

  30. Oh my god these are amazing. When I save up some money I will invest in some nice decorating items. This year I’ll do sugar chirstmas cookies without icing! Can’t wait for next year :)!


  31. after preparing royal icing, and it is ready to be used, will the consistence change on ethe course of waiting the thick icing to harden/settle before flooding it with thinner icing? what is the best way in keeping the icing in its best form while waiting for the design to settle? thanks!

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