Winter Wonderland Cookies

Winter Wonderland Decorated Cookies - With Video Tutorial!

These simple and beautiful Winter Wonderland Cookies are perfect for any winter holiday or party!

Here in California we still have lots of sunshine… but I can dream of snow with these cute cookies!

One of my favorite things about this set of cookies is that it only requires a few icing colors and some very simple techniques to create a fun and engaging collection!

And although these cookies would be adorable for Christmas, they’d also be perfect for any winter holiday or party… all the way into January.

Let’s decorate and dream of snow together!

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Beautiful Winter Decorated Cookies

Winter Wonderland Cookies Decorating Instructions –

Start with a batch of my Perfect Sugar Cookies.

For this set you’ll need some round cookies (large and mini), some snowflakes and a simple tree (I used a mini tree cutter from Ecrandal, but I do not see it on their site currently).

Prepare a batch of Royal Icing. <—–  Edited to add, I keep getting questions asking for the icing recipe… it’s linked where it says “Royal Icing”

For this set, I made…

Pale blue icing with a #2 tip, medium/flood consistency

Lime green icing with a #2 tip, medium/flood consistency

Medium-dark green icing with a #2 tip, medium/flood consistency

White icing with a #1.5 tip, piping consistency

White icing with a #2 tip, medium/flood consistency

You’ll also need white non-pareils sprinkles and white and/or light blue snowflake sprinkles (optional)

I’m trying something new and sharing the decorating process with a video, in place of step-by-step photos.

I’d love your feedback as to which you prefer (photos or video).  Please don’t say “both”… I’m only human!  =)

Enjoy this short video for the step-by-step decorating tutorial…

A few additional decorating notes…

For the large round cookies (the tree scene), the trees should be added immediately after the cookie has been “flooded” with the white and blue icing.

For the mini trees, (pictured in this post, but not show in the video) the same technique (called “wet-on-wet”) should be used.

For the snowflakes, outline and flood the cookies, then allow to dry (1-4 hours) before adding the white details.

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Winter Wonderland Decorated Cookies - With Video Tutorial!

Happy winter cookie decorating!

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  1. Which greens did you use for the trees? These cookies are BEAUTIFUL!!

  2. These cookies are so beautiful and I loved watching your video. Can’t wait to try to make these myself – wish me luck!!

  3. Thanks for the feedback on consistency.  It’s taking me a lot of do-overs to get it right.  I like your comparison to toothpaste (piping) and shampoo (flooding.)  Might use those for practice!

  4. I loved the video! It inspired me to try something new.
    Ive been making the snowflakes for years, but the winter
    Scenes look so cute and easy. I wouldn’t have thought to
    make while still wet.
    Thank you!
    Merry Christmas from Alaska

  5. This seemed like a great idea. but…after several failed attempts and shopping at several stores short of ordering on line I have been unsuccessful in obtaining an 1.5 or 2 tip. I had no idea they even came that small. No wonder you can get such precision. I couldn’t even fine any meringue powder in this area this time of the year. Very disappointed that this is not a “common” task that can be done. 

    • Hi Teresa,
      So sorry for the frustration! I have many recipes on my site that can be accomplished with everyday ingredients, but if you’ve never decorated cookies at all before, it does require a few specialized supplies. Of course I have no control over what’s available in your area.

      A couple things… meringue powder is generally available at Joanne’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and it’s sold at my local Wal-mart as well. It’s sold in the cake decorating section. The #2 tips should be easily available (again, I have no idea where you live, so I can’t account for that). The #1.5 tips are by a brand called PME, and you will likely only find them on-line. The #2 tips could be used in place of the #1.5 with good results.

  6. Just found your site. I love the detailed instructions as far as consistency and tips for which colors. It is so helpful. I loved the video! 

  7. I am amazed by your talent!! I forwarded to my artistic 16 year old daughter. We’re planning on decorating cookies this week – maybe we can get something close to your end result! Great job!

  8. Just so i don’t mess this up, when you pipe and flood the pale blue section and the white section, you are not changing the icing or the tip for those sections.  You are piping then immediately flooding with the same extact frosting and tip.  I️ can’t tell if you are switching in the video. 

    • Yes, you are correct, for this design the outline and flood are the same icing. If you are a first time decorator, you may opt to use a slightly thicker consistency outline so you don’t have to be so precise with getting an icing that’s just thick enough to stay on the cookie, but also works as a flood (as I did). Either way will work for this design. Best of luck and happy decorating!

  9. Made these cookies this weekend! Everything turned out perfect. It was my first time making royal icing & the directions were spot on! The sugar cookie recipe is delicious and great to work with for rolling. I don’t even have a rolling pin, just used a large piece of pvc pipe

    • There are so many things I love about this comment… but I think your ingenuity is #1! =) So glad you had such success! Merry Christmas!

  10. These are beautiful. How big is the larger round cookie (with the trees)?

    • Thanks! The circle I used is about 3.5″ diameter. I think anything from 3″ or more would work great. You could do even smaller, but might have to add less trees. Happy decorating!

  11. Love the video version

  12. These are just WONDERFUL. Like little snow globes in cookie form!

  13. Just plain GORGEOUS! Not making this year but saving site and hope to be ambitious enough to do some of these next year as gift items. See you have other so cute designs. Thanks for the beautiful ideas.

  14. Photos are preferred for those of us who are rural and have limited internet

  15. I truly enjoyed the video!    Helps those of us who learn more visually.   Must give it a try.  Your cookies are beautiful!!

  16. Beautiful cookies. 

  17. Thank you for this video! I love a video for something like this :).

  18. Can you post a link for the tips you use?

  19. These cookies are beautiful and I loved the video! We made them today and the sugar cookies are tasty. My trees aren’t quite as pretty as yours but still look good. I can’t wait to share them!! Thank you!!!

    • Everytime I see these cookies I want to try making them. There is something so simple and beautiful about them.

  20. I made these cookies. I had trouble getting the consistency of the frosting right. First too stiff wouldn’t flow. Thinned it was to where it would flow together but still needed a lot of help with the toothpick to fill in blue and white so it wasn’t as thin as yours but it still ran over some edges. How do you know what thickness you need?

  21. Oh How I wish I could make these beautiful cookies…I will try again…your video is so relaxing I could watch you all day…..thank you for sharing and I will try one.more.time.

  22. Hi Gory
    could you please tell me if there is a book out there that has this lovely recipe in it because I’m trying to learn all the techniques that I can lean through all these wonderful video’s that you and many other share on facebook . Thank you.

  23. We are having my extended family Christmas party at our house next weekend, and these cookies will be just the perfect addition! I think I have all the supplies, including the snowflakes! I found your video mesmerizing! Any idea how far in advance I could bake the cookies? I’d love to get that task over with sooner rather than later.

    Thanks from Holland, MI

  24. Love, love, Love! I really like the video, and prefer that, but the notes were very important. I couldn’t tell in the video if the big cookie was wet on wet so I needed to read that. In answer to your question I like the video better but I think notes are important as well. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design.

  25. More videos and tips , pretty please

  26. What kind of icing is used to spread nicely on the cookie?

  27. Love your video. My daughter and I are going to try it today. First time. Hope thwy come out as beautiful as yours. Merry Christmas.

  28. Is the link to the video still there? I can’t find it.


    • The video is in this blog post, just after the written directions. Depending on your internet connection you may need to scroll through the post slowly to allow the video to load. Happy decorating!

  29. For the large winter scene cookie, what size circular cookie cutter did you use? What is the diameter?

  30. Beautiful cookies! I can’t find the video, either! I know I’ve seen it before, but can’t find it here, on Pinterest, or on you tube.

    • Hi Heidi,
      I’m a little perplexed, because the video is in this blog post right after the text “Enjoy this short video for the step-by-step decorating tutorial…”. Do you see anything in that space? I’m guessing you need to just scroll to that area of the post and wait a few seconds for the video to load. Depending on your internet speed, the video may take a few seconds to appear. Please let me know if you do see it. But either way, the video is also on my Facebook page here –>

      Happy decorating!

  31. Thanks for responding! I see the sentence, “Enjoy this short video…”… but nothing is there. I did find the video with the link to your FB page. Thank you so much! Your artwork is awesome and videos are fun to watch!

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  33. Beautiful. Can these be frozen and if so for how long.

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  35. Can you please give me any on how much powdered sugar to add water to get the medium flood effect (shampoo) and the piping effect (toothpaste) since I am doing this for the first time?  I would really appreciate your help.  I REALLY want your cookies to turn out 🙂
    Thank you so very much and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Cheryl, Because I don’t generally measure out the amount of white icing that I move to smaller bowl to color, then amount of water I add to thin the icing will vary each time. So, once you make the big bowl of thick white icing (using my recipe), then you’ll take a big scoop or two of that icing and put it in a smaller bowl, then add your color and then slowly add water, a teaspoon or less at a time, stirring as you go, until you’ve reached the consistency you are looking for. The toothpaste consistency will be icing that as you stir with a spoon, it makes lines in the bowl of icing that do not “heal” or fill in right away. For the shampoo consistency, as you stir your icing, or even pick up a spoonful of icing and let it pour back into the bowl, the little ribbon of icing falling off the spoon into the bowl, should take about 10 seconds to “heal” or become one with the rest of the bowl of icing.

      As you are working… if you are outlining and then filling in the icing on the cookie and the icing is running right off the cookie, then it’s too thin. If you are piping and the icing will not lay flat after flooding, and wiggling the cookie around a bit, then the icing is too thick.

      Working with royal icing does take some practice, but once you find what works for you, it can be really fun! Happy decorating!

  36. Hi Gloria, 
    I cannot thank you enough for your time and your talent.  You have been so very helpful. I look forward to attempting this beautiful challenge and can only pray they will turn out for the holiday.  Very nervous, but still very willing to give them a try.!  have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I look forward to enjoying your site more once things cam down after the holidays 🙂  Cheryl

  37. Hello!
    Your cookies look so amazing!I had a question about royal icing, is it supposed to be extremely sweet? I had made some royal icing and the sweetness was just too much. Can you offer sooner advice?

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