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)…


  1. So clever, love this idea! I'll post a link on Edible Crafts. 🙂 Can't wait to see the show! I don't get the Hallmark channel, but I'll definitely watch online.

  2. I love this idea! Congrats on the Martha show appearance. I have it recorded and will watch it soon!

  3. can this icing be used for flooding by adding more liquid. will it dry hard. i am trying to find a recipe which can be used for flooding but with a good taste

  4. Glory,
    I'm so glad you and your cookie friends will be featured on Martha because your cookies are AmAzInG.
    Thanks for sharing this great idea for families to do and share.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas!!
    AL in Calif.

  5. Oh yummy, these look delicious. Lee xx

  6. I'm loving ALL the prizes but I could really use that martha stewart book & the cupcake liners.

  7. I love this idea! I'm going to do this for one of my girls' teachers who has 3 little boys! Yay! I'm so excited to give a kit like this to her! Thanks for the great idea, love you!

  8. Wow you have perfect timing! I'm hosting a Christmas party at our house on Saturday, and had the idea to do cookie decorating as an activity for the children. I already made the cookies, they're sitting undecorated in a box. I was worried about messing with royal icing with kids (I decorated a bunch for everyone to eat yesterday and realized it's not so kid friendly) so this solves my dilemma! With the 100 things I need to do on Saturday, making up a kit like this beforehand is perfect. By the way I just found your blog a few days ago, and I love it!

  9. Love love love this idea!! Since I live in pioneer times I don't have cable so I'm going to have to catch your segment online SOON!!! Can't wait!!

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