Easy Before-Baking Additions
The crazy-busy holiday season may have you craving a cookie that requires minimal steps—don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. These three simple before-baking additions are the perfect way to step up your cookie game without sacrificing precious time.
Rolled in Chopped Nuts
Simply roll your Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie dough in chopped walnuts, pecans or peanuts before baking. Then separate your dough into small balls and bake. Because they are not overtly sweet, these cookies pair well with a warm cider or cold glass of milk.
Top with Pecans
Once you’ve separated your cookie dough, place one nut on top of each cookie. The pecans will roast during the baking process and add flavor to the sugar cookie sweetness. Bonus: This cookie looks fancy, but prep time is almost non-existent!
Now, for the real showstopper—the coconut-rolled, cherry-topped sugar cookie that’ll win the next party with its looks and flavor. Simply add shredded coconut to your sugar cookie dough and then place halved Maraschino cherries on top of the cookies before baking. The result is a sweet treat with minimal mess. Pro tip: Use parchment paper underneath the cookies for easier cleanup.
What’s better than fresh cookies out of the oven? Cooled cookies covered in candy, frosting and colored sugar, that’s what! These after-baking decorations will impress anyone who tries them, and better yet, putting them together won’t take up your whole night.
Gum Drops Galore
With a subtle nod to the gum drop-decorated gingerbread man, this sugar cookie combines sugar, ease and fun all in one! Simply frost cooled sugar cookies and arrange gum drops in your favorite pattern. Next step: eat (if you don’t share, we won’t tell).
Cinnamon Candy Toppers
For those who crave cinnamon, we suggest frosting your sugar cookies and topping with Red Hots. Decorating cookies with frosting and candies is the perfect activity to enjoy with your kiddos, and also requires only two ingredients—it doesn’t get much easier than that!
We created our own stencils with inspiration from our vintage cookie decorating kit from 1964, but you can make your own stencils from any shape you’d like as long as you have some sturdy cardstock and scissors or an exacto knife. Once your cookie is frosted, gently place the stencil on top and sprinkle with your favorite sugar or sprinkles. Fun tip: Don’t feel limited to using just one color of sprinkling sugar. Blend green and red for a holiday tree or mix and match other colors for creative creations!