6 Genius (But Simple!) Cookie Decorating Ideas

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A simple round sugar cookie is the best possible place to start for all kinds of awesome icing designs — whether you’re planning a birthday party for your kid or a bridal shower for your bestie.

1. Rose Ceremony

These gorgeous pink blossom cookies don’t come from a fancy bakery, but no one needs to know — unless you tell them. Tools like a Stencil Genie make it easy to get flawless pro style.

2. Minion Mania

Love Minions? Love cookies? We’re pretty sure you’re gonna love Minions cookies. For the best results, do as Joshua John Russell does and always prop both elbows on the table while you pipe, steadying one hand with the other.

3. This Bud’s For You

To make the sweetest flowers, use the “pulled dot” technique: Pipe circles of royal-icing dots around your cookie, then use a spatula to flatten and gently smear each one into a petal shape.

4. Cookie Cosmos

For cookies that are light years away from the regular kind, try a galaxy design with swirls of blue, purple, pink, white and black. No black light necessary to get completely space-y.

5. Tie-Dye One On

This Sixties-inspired cookie is perfect when you’re not in the mood to mix up batch after batch of colored icing: You paint the food coloring right onto your cookie!

6. Rosy Outlook

These lovely floral cookies use a “wet on wet” technique — you make the entire design with flood-consistency icing. You need to work fast, before the icing hardens. But the good news is that means your cookies are ready fast, too!

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