Cookie Decorating Kits for Kids {and Easy Butter Frosting Recipe}

Most children I know really love to decorate cookies!  In fact, last year I realized that my nieces and nephews would probably rather decorate their own cookies, then receive a cookie I decorated for them.  But of course the Christmas season can be a very busy one, and often baking cookies, making icing, and gathering all the supplies needed is just one extra chore.  Last year I thought I could give a special gift to the kids in our family by creating ready to go cookie decorating kits.  I spent a day making cookies and icing, and then packaged all of the supplies together, so that the cookies could be decorated as a special (and easy for the moms) Christmas activity.   I think this could be a great gift to the families in your life with young children.  When I made these kits up, I made one for our household too, and it was great to pull it out on Christmas Day (a day my husband usually works), and do a fun activity with my girls.

~ How to make a Cookie Decorating Kit ~

1.  Prepare a batch of Sugar Cookie dough, cut out assorted Christmas shapes, and bake.

2.  Once the cookies are baked and fully cool, layer then in a tupperware type container, with waxed paper between layers.  Plan 3-5 cookies per child in the home.

3.  Prepare butter frosting (Recipe below), and color as desired.  I would suggest 3-5 colors total.  Put icing into small plastic containers.

4.  Add some sprinkles to the gift as well.  I put sprinkles into little plastic dip containers (I picked up a few extra from a restaurant), or use small plastic baggies. You could certainly buy a few containers of sprinkles to include instead (I just happen to have more than enough sprinkles to share!).   Include several different colors and types of sprinkles.

5.  Package everything together.  Include several plastic knifes for spreading the icing.  I used a little tape to keep the smaller containers from moving around.  You could wrap the whole kit in cellophane, or put everything in a pretty basket.

6.  Give to a family you love!

*Note, the baked cookies will remain fresh 7-10 days.   I would recommend storing the icing in the refrigerator, then bringing to room temperature before use.

Easy Butter Frosting Recipe

4 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter (salted or unsalted), melted

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-4 Tablespoons milk

Directions ~

Pour powdered sugar into a large bowl.  Melt butter, then add to powdered sugar, and whisk to combine.  Add vanilla.  Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, then stir, until desired consistency is reached.  If you add too much milk, and your frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.  Add coloring as desired.

(Recipe source- My mom.  Original source unknown, similar recipes widely available since the early 1900’s)

Enjoy some cookie decorating with the little people in your life!  If you’re lucky, you may end up with some creations as beautiful as these (created by my 3 and 6 year old)…

32 comments

  1. Love these ideas! They all look fun and delicious!

  2. Can you please send me the Royal Icing Recipe I can not find it on your web Site Thank you!’

  3. Although, i forgot to put the dough in the fridge before baking the cookies ,they retained their shape. Also frosting is very good, easy to apply on cookies and it gets a lot firmer as time pass by have added little of almond flavor instead of vanilla in the frosting in order to reduce the sweetness (because the combination cookie and frosting seemed too sweet for my taste) and it worked perfectly!
    thank you for the great idea and recipes!

  4. Hi, I just made this frosting and I still have some left overs so I just wanted to know, how long does the frosting last? Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Miah,
      Just keep the frosting covered, in the fridge and it will keep at least a week. When you’re ready to use it, allow it to sit out at room temperature a bit to be soft enough to spread/use.

  5. I am so honored to be the recipient of this gift — it was by far one of the most fun things I did with my girls this year — even my 1-1/2 year old got in on the action! Thanks Glory!

  6. Absolutely ADORABLE gift idea! I love this! Thanks Glory and you Cookie Queens were awesome on Martha Stewart! I was so excited to watch it! By the way, I found you can get a bunch of those little 2 oz cups here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DGZ9JE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m;=A2IG16A8Z8HLYT

  7. I have to try your buttercream, looks so easy to make, in compare with the regular one that you have to beat it.
    And this is a very nice and fun idea for kids, they love to decorate cookies.

  8. Glory, I couldn't find anything on your blog about sharing a link to your site- hope it's ok that I did on my blog!
    http://sugarsugarconfections.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-i-love-to-bake.html
    I just LOVE your blog, you do great work 🙂
    I made these cookies and icing with my girls (I haven't replenished my meringue powder yet so I couldn't make the royal icing) and we had so much fun decorating AND eating them 🙂

  9. liked glorious treats on fb

  10. the cinnamon for sure!!

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