Decorating Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

At the end of 2009 I was thinking back to all the baking I’d done that year and trying to figure out about how many decorated sugar cookies I had made.  I came up with an estimate of around 500.  That’s 500 cookies cutout, baked, and decorated by hand, by me (in a relatively small kitchen).  I bake cookies as gifts, as birthday favors, baby shower favors, party treats, for church pot-lucks, holidays, or just because.  There is just an endless number of cute cookie cutters, pretty icing colors, and decorating techniques that keep me inspired and always ready to make another batch of cookies.

I love my husband and children VERY much, but I sometimes see them simply as the obstacles preventing me from having a whole day to decorate cookies! =)

If you’d like to make some pretty cookies, here are all the link you’ll need to get started…

Rolled Sugar Cookies Recipe

Basic Cookie Decorating Tutorial

 (includes royal icing recipe and how to make cookies on a stick)

In addition, I would highly recomend the book Cookie Craft.  This is the most complete book I’ve found on decorating cookies.  The book is loaded with all the recipes, and step by step instructions you will possibly need, as well as lots of gorgeous photos.  Despite the number of cookies I’ve made, I still come back to this book for inspiration or to remind myself the details of a particular technique.

Once you’ve made your cookies, check out a post I did on Pretty Cookie Packaging.

For now, I’ll share with you a few of the cookies I’ve made in the last year.

Happy Decorating!


  1. I make some really awesome sugar cookies as well. However, I completely lack in the decorating dept. and I was dying for you to post this. THANK YOU!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I love coming to your blog.

  3. your cookies are absoloutly beautiful

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your tips. I visit your blog almost everyday. Love seeing your stuff.
    I do have a question for you. If you are having a party how soon can you start making the cookies?

  5. They look delicious!

  6. Where did you get the cookie cutters to make the margarita cookies?

  7. I would love to make those adorable pink/white onsies for a baby shower I am hosting. Directions are where? Do you take orders? Sell?

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and cookie knowledge.
    My daughter and i are going to make Christmas cookies together today.
    We will be using your recipes and tips. Thanks again 🙂

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  13. I have a baby boy shower to attend. I am so glad I found your blog and the pictures of the cookies..when I’m done baking and decorating the cookies I will post pictures I hope they look as good as yours

  14. Can the cookies be frozen after decorating?

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