With all the holiday baking, I think my most favorite is decorating Christmas cookies.  and let’s face it, Decorated Christmas Cookies are always the prettiest cookies on the tray and they make a fun gift as well!

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I have a secret though……… I don’t really “enjoy” doing it because I’m still learning and the perfectionist in me struggles with lines that aren’t straight enough, icing that is too thick/thin, too many colors to mix…..well you get the idea.

But 14 hours later…………I see happy faces!

No one cares that my lines aren’t perfect.  These Santa Belly Cookies were loved by everyone!




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No one cares that my icing isn’t perfectly smooth.  Decorated Christmas Tree Cookies are so simple and just as fun to decorate as a real tree!

Decorated Christmas Tree cookies

or that I didn’t feel like mixing ONE MORE COLOR, and made my snowflake cookies white and silver because I already had those colors mixed.

How to make Decorated Christmas Cookies

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Royal Icing

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Holiday Cookie Baking Tips


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I did learn two new things this time while working on my cookies!

#1) Glaze Icing:  When I cut out stars to make my Raspberry-Filled Butter Cookies, I baked a few of the stars to try my hand at glaze icing.

Star cookies with glaze icingI have to say……….I LOVED working with the glaze! I didn’t have some of the issues I have with royal icing.

The glaze icing gets hard, but not rock hard like royal icing.  My family loved it and gave it a big THUMBS UP!

Diane’s Glaze Icing Recipe

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more decorated cookies


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Holiday Cookie Baking Tips


#2) Lesson in Photography: Pay attention to what you are wearing if you have shinny objects in your photos…..I’m just sayin…………


Have you learned anything while doing your holiday baking?  Do you LIKE decorating cookies?

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